Elder, Boortz, and McWilliams round out Convention '98 line-up
Two of America's most provocative and controversial talk show hosts and a best-selling crusader against victimless crimes -- they're the latest additions to the growing line-up of speakers at the 1998 Libertarian National Convention.
Larry Elder of KABC radio in Los Angeles, Neal Boortz of WSB radio in Atlanta, and Peter McWilliams, author of the anti-"consensual crimes" manifesto Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do, are all scheduled to speak at the convention in Washington DC from July 2-5, 1998.
Leading the list of new additions is Larry Elder, an African-American radio talk show host who has been a lightning rod of controversy in the black community.
Elder has been boycotted by southern California black leaders, who vociferously object to his anti-affirmative action, anti-tax, and anti-government hand-out approach to black empowerment. He's been called, by his own tally, an "Uncle Tom," a "coconut," and "the anti-Christ."
Despite the withering blast of criticism, Elder has stayed the course, and continues to argue that education, hard work, and freedom are the recipe for success for minorities.
"There's a relationship between how hard you work and where you end up [in life]," he said. "And it has nothing to do with race, color, creed, or religion!"
Elder is a registered independent who calls himself a "fiscal conservative and a social liberal." Besides his daily program on KABC Radio, he has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, 60 Minutes, and Politically Incorrect.
Boortz, a 25-year fixture on the Georgia airwaves, had long described himself as philosophically "libertarian," but didn't join the LP until 1996.
Boortz was named one of the "25 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America" in the February 1995 issue of Talkers Magazine, and one of the "100 Most Powerful & Influential People in Georgia" by the January 1995 issue of Georgia Trend magazine.
He has appeared on the Phil Donahue Show, the Today Show, and CNN's Talk Back Live. He has been written about in Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal.
Rounding out the late-breaking list of speakers is Peter McWilliams, one of the nation's leading experts on victimless crimes.
A multi-million-copy-selling author, he's written two #1 New York Times bestsellers, but he's probably best known to Libertarians for Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do, a scathing attack on the foolishness of arresting people for "consensual crimes."
McWilliams became a victim of victimless crime laws earlier this year when his home was ransacked by DEA agents, who were looking for the medical marijuana he uses to combat the nausea he suffers from treatment for cancer and AIDS.
His plight was detailed on the recent John Stossel television special, "Sex, Drugs, and Consenting Adults."
A long-time advocate of civil liberties, McWilliams said his passions are "personal freedom, individual expression, and the right to live one's own life."
Other speakers added to the convention line-up include: