Persuasion for Liberty
Alan Bock is a columnist and the senior writer for the editorial page of the Orange County Register where he has written editorials and columns for more than 25 years. He is also a polished and active public speaker with experience in radio and television. He has been an invited speaker at the Cato Insitute, Reason Foundation, the Drug Policy Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, Freedom Summit, the Liberty Editors' Conference and the Fesitval of Freedom. Prior to coming to the Register he spent eight years in Washington, D.C., where he worked for two congressmen and formed Libertarian Advocate, a libertarian lobbying organization whose organizing banquet featured speeches by Karl Hess and Wain Dawson.
Owned by Freedom Communications, Inc., the Register has espoused the freedom philosophy since it was bought by R.S. Hoiles in 1935, running articles and book excerpts by Albert J. Nock, Isabel Paterson, Rose Wilder Lane and Frank Chodorov. Along with 28 other newspapers and six TV stations Freedom is still owned privately by the extended Hoiles family and still dedicated to personal liberty.
A California native who attended UCLA on a National Merit scholarship, Mr. Bock became interested in freedom after reading Milton Friedman, F.A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, Albert J. Nock and other libertarian writers (along with writers from every other political persuasion). He attended the 1969 Young Americans for Freedom convention in St. Louis when the modern libertarian movement is said to have been born as a distinct movement.
While in Washington in the 1970s, Mr. Bock served as Washington correspondent for Reason magazine and spoke at libertarian events all over the country.
A former radio talk-show host, Bock has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, PBS, and as a guest on numerous radio shows. He is a contributing editor with Liberty Magazine and has contributed articles to Reason, Freeman, National Review and Harvard Business Review. He writes a weekly column for Antiwar.com and contributes articles to LewRockwell.com. He lives in Lake Elsinore, California with his family.