About the Battle for Liberty
Mike Tilden is the owner and operator of the Battle For Liberty, and the host of the Battle for Liberty Podcast. As a self-described recovering Republican, Mike seeks to discard the propaganda he learned in government-run schools, and fill his mind with rational thought and true history. Using the Battle for Liberty as a vehicle, Mike invites his listeners to join him in his daily quest for an education based in logic and reason. Along the way, he provides simple, contextual explanations of what he’s identified as the basic tenets of libertarianism: non-aggression and private property. He calls this journey his Battle for Liberty.
In 2006 Mike proudly accepted his appointment as a sworn Police Officer in central Pennsylvania. Quickly rising to the rank of Sergeant, Mike was able to take a deep look into the belly of beast. After witnessing countless examples of ineptitude and injustice, Mike began to realize how inefficient, inaccurate, and misinformed the law enforcement industry was. His participation in this system slowly started to weigh on him, and he began to question whether he was truly doing anybody any good. In 2011, Mike finally had enough, and he left “the job” for good, seeking private employment instead.
But this was only the beginning of the transformation. It wasn’t until late 2012 that Mike truly began his journey into libertarianism. At first, Mike considered himself a minarchist who believed in the necessity of a small, limited government. It would take the work of Murray Rothbard (specifically For A New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto) to push Mike into pure voluntaryism, his preferred brand of anarcho-capitalism.
Mike’s major influences include Frederic Bastiat, Walter Block, Mike Church, Thomas DiLorenzo, Milton Friedman, Henry Hazlitt, Donald Livingston, Ludwig von Mises, Lew Rockwell, Murray Rothbard, Thomas Sowell, Laurence Vance, Walter Williams, and Tom Woods.
Mike is loving husband and father of two amazing children. Mike and his wife are blessed to be expecting their third child sometime in October 2017. It’s time for some zone defense!
Mike can be reached at Mike@BattleForLiberty.com.