Brian Wright

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Personal Details
Birth: 1949
Kalamazoo, MI
Death: February 1, 2023(2023-02-01) (aged 74) Template:ErrorTemplate:Main other Template:ErrorTemplate:Main other
Education: Wayne State University
Party: Libertarian Party
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Brian Richard Wright (1949–February 1, 2023) was a Libertarian Activist in Michigan. He was a writer, philosopher, and leader.

Wright was a creative writer who authored dozens of books on philosophy and alternative political thought. He spent several years as a Webmaster and Newsletter Editor of the Libertarian Party of Michigan.

Early Life

Born in Kalamazoo Michigan in 1949, he grew up near Kansas City, and later his family moved to Oklahoma City. He discovered seminal libertarian writings, in a bookmobile, which inspired him to join Barry Goldwater’s 1964 Presidential campaign. Around 1968 he moved to Detroit and earned his BSME from Wayne State University around 1971, at which point he became a passionate voice for Ayn Rand’s artistic vision of heroic individualism.

Libertarian Party of Michigan

Founding Member

Wright was a founding member of the Libertarian Party of Michigan. As part of the “The Libertarian Party of Michigan Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Project,” he wrote about his involvement in 1971, when the Libertarian Party was formed. There were a couple different gatherings that year. The most frequently referenced event was a party, that Summer, in Taylor Michigan at the home of Katherine Augustine and Pete McAlpine. Wright was in attendance, and he was also in attendance at Oak Park, the home of Sam Harris.

Newsletter Editor

Wright was the editor of the Michigan Libertarian from 1979 through 1981. Then he became state Chair from 1982 to 1984. Brian stepped up to be editor of the newsletter, again, in 2009 where he and out-going editor, Greg Stempfle, over-saw and facilitated the transition from a hard-copy to virtual Newsletter format. This work also ended the need for the separate publication of LPMOnline, which was created by the late Greg Dirasian. Wright continued producing, and often writing for, the virtual version of the Michigan Libertarian through 2013, when he stepped down from that role.


Since 2004, Wright looked at other options for achieving liberty in our time, including participation in the Free State Project. In 2008 he returned to Michigan and stepped up to the task of further developing a new website.

Wright served as Webmaster before and during his service as Newsletter Editor. After the departure of Greg Dirasian, who had designed the earlier website, the Party needed to develop an all new website in 2007. Wright served as Webmaster for the Sharepoint based website, then in 2013 he and Scotty Boman transferred all of the legacy content into a WordPress site. This was the last time such a large migration of content was initiated; the site created in 2013 now serves as the platform of the Libertarian Party of Michigan Historical Archives.

Political Campaigns

Wright ran for office at least eight times under the Libertarian banner. In 1982 and 1986 he ran for Secretary of State. In 1980 and 1982 he was a United States House of Representatives candidate. He ran to serve in the Michigan House in 1984.

In 1994 and 2014 he was a candidate for the Board of governors at his Alma Mater, Wayne State University. Then he ran, again, to represent District 38 in the State House in 2018.

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