Declaration of Independents

Attn, Chicagoans: Find Out How The Velvet Underground, The X-Men, & Pop Tarts Explain the Future of Politics! Nick Gillespie & Matt Welch Talk Declaration of Independents on Tuesday, August 16!


Matt Welch and I will be appearing at two venues in Chicago on Tuesday, August 16, one at lunch and another in the evening.

We're in town to discuss our new book, The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America, which has been named the summer read of 2011 by George Will (compared to Ludwig von Mises' Human Action anyway), "a rollicking tale" (Barron's), "a remarkably uplifting book" (Three Sources), and "a cheerful dismissal of tribalism and monopolistic thinking, in life and in politics" (Forbes).

First up is a lunch event at the University Club of Chicago at noon CT:

Tuesday, August 16th—12:00 pm

The University Club of Chicago

Join co-authors and editors of Reason TV and Reason magazine, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welchfor a luncheon on their new book, The Declaration of Independents.  It is a compelling and extremely entertaining manifesto on behalf of a system better suited to the future—one structured by the libertarian principles of free minds and free markets.

The price for club member is $15 (plus tax and grauity) by August 15 and $18 after August 15. The price is $25 for non members via the Book Stall in Winnetka, Illinois.

Please call 847-446-8880 to make a reservation to this event.

Then there's a happy hour sponsored by the Heartland Institute:

Tuesday, August 16: 5.30pm to 7.30 pm

Pizza and Drinks with Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch

Jak's Tap

901 W. Jackson

Chicago, Illinois

The price for the event is $25. Registration does not include a copy of the book, which will be available for $26 at the event.

To register for the Heartland Institute Happy Hour, go here.

We'll be signing books at both events and hope to see all interested residents of the city that Reason rated as "the most meddlesome metropolis" in America at one or both events!

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  1. Hello Kitty-themed Pop Tarts, eh?

  2. I’ll only go if Alan Vanneman goes; he seems to do the most writing on this site.

    I don’t know who this swarthy sounding “Gillespie” is, but it sounds like I’m gonna have to listen to a time share spiel before I get my pizza.

    Also; deep dish or normal?

  3. Why are you not at a local bookstore?

    Oh yeah, I forgot, we don’t have those around here. Too bad, you will get no passersby to serendipitously hear your viewpoints.

    1. Aw, we have local bookstores, though not really downtown. I do wish they were coming to my own favorites down in Hyde Park (57th St. Books or the Seminary Co-op), but they probably wouldn’t find the most friends there…although the Sem Co-op is getting kicked out of its current building so the Milton Friedman Institute can move in, so it’s sort of apropos.

  4. Wow, the VU looks surprisingly hippie in that photo.

    Is there somewhere where there’s a list of all upcoming book tour stops?

  5. Frosted Cinnamon Poptarts are the best.

  6. Matt Welch and I will be appearing at two venues in Chicago on Tuesday, August 16, one at lunch and another in the evening.

    You know who else appeared at two venues?

  7. Just so you know, in Chicago when someone “sponsors” a happy hour, that usually means one does not have to pay $25 to get in. Consider this friendly advice.

    1. $25 cover usually makes me pretty grumpy.

    2. True story–“happy hour” is illegal in Illinois, unless it’s for a private party. That could be why there’s a $25 cover and advance registration required. This is part of what makes us “most meddlesome metropolis”, I’m sure, although it is at the state level. On the other hand, I can’t think of any instances of Chicago using its Home Rule power to make us more free.

  8. Happy hours have been redefined in Illinois. They now often refer to private parties in a bar. You’re in a roped off area or you wear a wristband and you have to RSVP or buy your ticket in advance.
    Either way, “sponsored” means that somebody else is paying. That’s the important thing here.

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