Objectivists have long debated whether people with our radical views can have any significant, positive effect by running for political office. Few, however, have actually stepped into the arena. One of the few is Amy Nasir. I recently spoke with Mrs. Nasir about her experiences and successes as a Republican committeewoman for a district in Michigan. Although this is not a major political position, it is a foot in the door of local politics, and, as Mrs. Nasir makes clear, she is reaching minds and making a difference at that level. Our hope with this interview is to spread the news that Objectivists can get elected to local political positions, and that in such positions they can have a positive effect. Enjoy the interview, let us know if you or anyone you know has had similar success, and feel free to contact Amy on Facebook if you’d like to chat with her about getting involved in politics in your area. —Craig Biddle
Craig Biddle: Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with me, Amy. I know TOS’s readers will be interested to hear about your aims and experiences to date in local politics.
As a state committeewoman for the Republican 13th District in Michigan, you are one of a few Objectivists who have ventured into politics. What inspired you to get involved?
Amy Nasir: Thank you for the opportunity to share my experiences with TOS readers! My hope is to give them an idea of what steps to take and what to expect if they’re interested in getting started as a delegate. I’ve been a delegate since August 2014, and a state committeewoman since January this year, for the 13th District in southeastern Michigan. This has given me a voice on the state level, influencing and encouraging people who are advocates for economic freedom.
Like many people, I’ve become increasingly interested in politics since 2009, with the start of the Tea Party movement. We had a Great Lakes Objectivists (GLO) booth set up at one of the first rallies in Michigan. After a few years of trying to make headway within the Tea Party, I realized that it was being overrun by social conservatives whose main priorities were to ban abortion and to insist that America was founded on Christianity. Some conservatives are so invested in the so-called social issues that they’re willing to trample rights and liberty to have their way with those issues. . . .