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Justin Haskins

Age

28

Location

Arlington Heights, IL

Occupation

Executive editor, The Heartland Institute

Twitter

@TheNewRevere

Justin Haskins is the executive editor at The Heartland Institute, one of the nation’s leading free-market think tanks. Haskins also dedicates much of his free time to other liberty-based projects. Most notable of these projects is his recently created website, the New Revere Daily Press. The NRDP serves as a sort of news aggregate site that features some original content and commentary on conservative and libertarian-related news.

In addition to these projects, Haskins writes articles and op-eds that have been published in outlets across the country. He has authored over 200 pieces ranging from topics of energy/environment to health care. His works have been published in major publications including the New York Post, U.S. News and World Report, Breitbart, The Blaze, The Hill, Townhall, and many more. One article published by the New York Post about his ordeal attempting to comply with Obamacare was featured on the Rush Limbaugh Show.

What was the biggest factor in your success?

The biggest factors in my success have been family, faith, and some incredible mentors. From the very beginning, my parents emphasized the importance of working hard, never giving up, and the belief that anyone willing to passionately devote himself or herself to an endeavor can achieve great things with the help of God. And I cannot describe how thankful I am for my wife Jacquelyn, who has made me a far more productive, kind, and caring person every single day we’ve been together.

I also wouldn’t be where I am today had it not been for The Heartland Institute, a wonderful organization with some truly remarkable people. I have learned more in just a few years at Heartland about effective policy and writing than in all my previous years of education and work combined.

What advice would you give to other millennials?

Being a conservative/libertarian millennial in America today can be a lonely, isolated experience. Many of us live in a place where most people don’t value individual liberty and instead believe the only way to solve problems is to hire 100,000 government bureaucrats. It’s important to remember, however, that we’re not alone. Millions of people across the world believe, as we do, that allowing any large, centralized power to control and manipulate people’s lives is never a good thing. We also have the benefit of standing on the shoulders of intellectual giants such as John Locke, James Madison, George Washington, Milton Friedman, Ayn Rand, and many others.

My advice to those of you who believe in the power of liberty is to seek out like-minded people you can share your struggles and experiences with, and to spend time studying the history of progressivism, which will quickly reveal there’s nothing “progressive” about it; just lots of power-hungry people telling others what to do.

Our country has reached a turning point, and I truly believe young conservatives/libertarians are freedom’s last line of defense, but the only way we can convince others of these truths is to stand together.

Does the GOP have a future and why?

The Republican Party most certainly has a future, but only if we millennials work to ensure it becomes a reflection of what we truly believe about the importance of emphasizing personal freedom, constitutional rights, compassion, and respect for men and women of all ages, races, nations of origin, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs. If the GOP doesn’t embrace the values conservative/libertarian millennials do, then we, as well as all people, should work for and with whichever party promotes and safeguards freedom, always remembering party loyalty should only extend as far as that group’s commitment to liberty.

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