Long-time Libertarian activist George Phillies has purchased Independent Political Report. The purchase includes the current web site, the URLs IndependentPoliticalReport.com, IPRnews.com, IPR.tv, and ThirdPartyWatch.com, two Twitter sites, and two FaceBook groups. Changes in the appearance of IPR are already evident.
The story began with an email, from which we quote:
I’ve been considering putting the site on the market … Am I correct in recalling that, at one point, you were interested in acquiring IPR? And if so, is that still the case? Or do you know of someone else who might be up for the challenge?
which after some negotiation led to the purchase.
Phillies says of the long term plans: “We will gradually upgrade IPR into the leading orthodox news outlet covering all third party events. Our objective is to be the first place that main stream media and other news outlets go for accurate reporting on third parties. Third Party Watch will be revived as the site that covers internal party news, much in the spirit of those great eastern newspapers, the Boston Herald and the New York Post. Muckraking is a noble American tradition that Third Party Watch will bring to third parties. I have already had an inquiry offering a path to activating IPR.tv as a streamed video news outlet.
“While I will apply an occasional guiding hand to the operation of IPR, for the most part I expect other people to do the needed development. In order to make this work, we will soon be launching fundraising to pay for a new server support location, expert wordpress technical support, and, most important, money to pay our support staff, our writers, and our reporters. An important first step in this direction has been to engage Jordan Willow Evans as our Managing Editor, the person in charge of identifying how to make us better and make that ‘how’ happen. Readers have already seen her fine work in our new format.
IPR has long had fine coverage of Libertarian Party news. Coverage of America’s other second-tier parties, notably the Green Party, the Constitution Party, and the oft-forgotten party that is not a party, the Democratic Socialists of America, is being improved. America has dozens of other third parties, most of which merit at least an occasional mention. That’s all part of IPR’s new mission, bringing objective third-party news to the American people.
“In the long run, Independent Political Report will perform a valuable public service, broadening the range of political choices that are effectively available to the American public.
A consortium will operate the site. The new Managing Editor is Jordan Willow Evans; Nicholas Sarwark has a managing role. We have already added one contributing author.
About the new Owner:
George Phillies is a retired physics professor (“I retired to write full time. So far, so good,” he says). He lives in Worcester, Massachusetts with his cat, the world’s largest board wargame collection, large technical and science fiction libraries, and extensive flower gardens. His Libertarian books include four technical studies of Libertarian politics: Surely We Can Do Better, Libertarian Renaissance, Funding Liberty, and Stand up for Liberty.
Phillies has been on the ballot for Federal Office twice. For a decade he served as an officer of the Libertarian Association of Massachusetts, at different times as Treasurer and as Chair. He was co-founder of the Pioneer Valley Libertarian Association, Massachusetts’ oldest continuously-existing libertarian political organization. For close to two decades, he edited the PVLA’s monthly magazines, as seen on the web site CMLC.org.
Phillies is President of the National Fantasy Fan Federation, the world’s oldest national SF club, and President of AHIKS, the world’s oldest and largest board wargaming society. He edits five SF magazines, namely Eldritch Science (fiction), Tightbeam (reviews, all genres), The National Fantasy Fan (club news zine), The N3F Review of Books Incorporating Prose Bono, and the FanActivity Gazette.
Phillies has to his credit eight SF novels, namely This Shining Sea (tween superheroine), Minutegirls (politics and giant space battles), The One World (Amazon swords against Conquistador matchlocks), Mistress of the Waves (economics), Against Three Lands (not-quite-medieval Japan against not-quite-Europeans), The Girl Who Saved The World (tween superheroine), Airy Castles All Ablaze (more of the tween superheroine), and soon-to-appear Practical Exercise (a magical research university), five textbooks on board game design, a statistical mechanics textbook, a freshman mechanics book (Physics One), the definitive monograph on polymer solution dynamics, and more than 170 scientific research papers, most on light scattering spectroscopy and polymer dynamics.