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George D. J. Phillies, D. Sc.,
Owner, Independent Political Report

George Phillies is a full-time writer and retired physics professor. He lives in Worcester, Massachusetts, with his cat, the world’s largest board wargame collection, broad 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 Chair. He was co-founder of the Pioneer Valley Libertarian Association, Massachusetts’ oldest continuously-existing libertarian political organization.

Phillies edited the PVLA’s monthly magazines for nearly two decades, as seen on the website He is President of the National Fantasy Fan Federation, the world’s oldest national S.F. club, and President of AHIKS, the world’s oldest and largest board wargaming society. In addition, he edits five S.F. magazines, namely Eldritch ScienceTightbeamThe National Fantasy FanThe N3F Review of Books Incorporating Prose Bono, and the FanActivity Gazette.

Phillies has to his credit eight S.F. novels, namely This Shining SeaMinutegirlsThe One WorldMistress of the WavesAgainst Three LandsThe Girl Who Saved The WorldAiry Castles All Ablaze, and Practical Exercise. In addition, he has five textbooks on board game design, a statistical mechanics textbook, a first-year 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.

Jordan Willow Evans
Managing Editor

Jordan is the Managing Editor for Independent Political Report. She is a policy writer and advocate who has appeared on ABC News, NBC Boston, Sky News, Vice World News, BNT 1, and numerous regional outlets. She was featured in Represent: The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World and the Worcester Historical Museum exhibit PRETTY POWERFUL: 100 Years of Voting & Style. She is the MassEquality Board Treasurer and previously worked with Outright Libertarians, Log Cabin Republicans, and the 2018 Massachusetts Yes on 3 Coalition.

Jordan has presented at such events as the New England Historical Association 2015 spring conference, where she discussed her analysis of the intersection of ballot access law and American identity. In addition, she co-authored “Transgender Student Safety and Equality For All Students,” a white paper by Log Cabin Republicans briefing the Trump administration on the importance of trans student guidance. Jordan served her Charlton, Massachusetts community for seven years as an elected library trustee and constable. In addition, she served two terms as a member of the Dudley-Charlton Regional School Committee.

Joseph G. Buchman, Ph.D.,
Contributing Editor

Joe has served as a Contributing Editor to Independent Political Report since 2011.  He is a retired professor of marketing and telecommunications, having earned a Ph.D. from the Media School at Indiana University (1989), an MBA in finance from Purdue (1983), and a BS in marketing from IU (1980).  He is an adventure traveler who crossed the Gobi, chased six total solar eclipses, and drove more than 90 percent of the US Interstate Highway system in a 1998 Roadtrek RV.  Since 2010 he has been a burner and currently serves on the design team for the Census (part of the Burning Nerds) for the annual Burning Man event.  He has also served as an assistant manager for the second-largest venue at the Sundance Film Festival, as the manager of the largest venue for the Napa Valley Film Festival, and as a moderator for panel discussions at the Sonoma Film Festival.

In 2013 he served as the moderator for the National Press Club Citizen Hearing on ET/UFO Disclosure in Washington DC. He is a past chair of the Libertarian Party’s national audit committee, a past member of the New Hampshire Investigatory Committee, past chair (interim) of the national platform committee, and the archivist of the David Nolan personal papers collection (which he arranged to be donated to the Library of Congress), a past candidate for the US House (2008, 2017), Utah state senate (2016), Utah house (2018), past Utah Libertarian Party secretary, and a past chair of the Utah LP. Dr. Buchman can be contacted at 435-602-0798,, or FacebookSundance YouTube video

Volunteer Contributors

Gene BerkmanDarcy G. RichardsonWilliam Saturn
David Doonan“E Pluribus Unum”Jake Leonard
David Brandon NiggemeyerJeffrey A. Davidson