By Tony Stiles of TonyStiles.com

2015 is a big year. Looking to see who out there can help guide you or be an example is important. This list is lacking some great names, but this is a new year and there are some great new faces making big waves!

I’m sure there will be some people butthurt over not making the list. Some will be butthurt over their favorite activist or journalist not making it. Those who are bitter will comment about the list, calling it some form of bullshit for one reason or another like many adolescent minds do in order to feel important or clever. Some who make the list will even play it off like they don’t want or need to be on it.

However, the truth is that these people have earned their spots. This is not an opinion piece. These forty young brilliant minds were selected out of over a thousand people. Based on an algorithm created to crawl the web, and narrowed down by a third party company specializing in ranking systems, TonyStiles.com has taken this list very serious. In fact, the research alone for this list has taken over three months to gather. The thousands of names were evaluated and judged on the following four categories:

1. MEDIA:
Judged on media attention generated and/or garnered by the individual.

2. INFLUENCE:
Some voices are behind the scenes. Some are in the forefront. All voices are important. This category is judged on how much positive influence the individual has had in all areas.

3. REACH:
Liberty is becoming very popular. Some people have a following Rating given based on public outreach, social media, and name recognition.

4. ACTIVISM:
It takes much more than a keyboard and/or a camera to be a true voice in liberty. This category is judged by the individuals known way of life and public action.

There are so many great young minds out there that naming only forty is hard to do. On the list or not, congratulations to everyone for a great 2014! The world isn’t going to change itself and its a better place with all of you in it!

Now, without further ado….Like it, love it, hate it, loathe it, or straight out don’t care about it, these are the top forty liberty minds under forty to watch in 2015. In no particular order, they are:

#40 Ben Swann
Ben Swann is a big deal for a good reason and has a well earned spot on this list. Ben got his master’s degree at the age of sixteen! From independent media to homeschooling his children, Benzilla has made himself the reigning king of truth in media.
1) Media 9
2) Influence 9
3) Reach 8
4) Activism 5

#39 Josie Wales
AKA Josie the Outlaw exploded on to the scene. Easy on the eyes and hard on the truth, Josie has not only brought the sexy back to Anarchy, but did it with integrity. Sometimes controversial and always hard hitting, Josie Wales is mesmerizingly inspirational to those who know truth and devastating to those who defy it.
1) Media 7
2) Influence 7
3) Reach 7
4) Activism 8

#38 C. Michael Pickens
When it comes to Libertarian Leadership, you’d be hard pressed to find anybody who gets it better than Mr. Pickens. His leadership within the Libertarian Party has put the State of Washington on the map.
1) Media 6
2) Influence 8
3) Reach 7
4) Activism 6

#37 Gary Franchi
Gary S. Franchi Jr. has been in the liberty scene for over a decade. His protest resume is one to be envied. Gary is the founder of NextNewsNetwork.com and nowadays anchors WHDT World News. Yet he is not simply “an anchorman” – Gary Franchi is THE quintessential anchorman of liberty news.
1) Media 8
2) Influence 7
3) Reach 9
4) Activism 8

#36 Christopher Cantwell
If liberty had an asshole….wait….it does and its name is Chris Cantwell. When it comes to making the hair on your genitalia stand on end, nobody does it better than my friend Christopher Cantwell. Got lots of love for Chris Cantwell.
1) Media 7
2) Influence 6
3) Reach 6
4) Activism 8

#35 Catherine Bliesh & John Bush
Listed as one because these two are tied inseparably in liberty. In a loving relationship with liberty and each other is just scratching the surface. They live almost entirely outside government influence. They are two of my personal hero’s, and the perfect example of a true relationship based on peace and freedom.
1) Media 6
2) Influence 6
3) Reach 6
4) Activism 9

#34 Lee Camp
Comedian, Activist, Writer, creator of the Moment of Clarity video series and host of “Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp” on RT America. Lee Camp is a man on a mission.
1) Media 8
2) Influence 6
3) Reach 8
4) Activism 7

#33 Jordan Marinovich
Better known at The Slavic Libertarian on Twitter, Jordan Marinovich is an up-and-coming mind. His writing has been featured in numerous liberty outlets and his Reddit is very popular. If you haven’t heard of him yet, you undoubtedly will soon.
1) Media 5
2) Influence 5
3) Reach 6
4) Activism 5

#32 Chris Monko
Chris Monko is a former co-host of the popular Mike Salvi’s Worlds podcast and has an up-and-coming YouTube channel called “Dude Where’s My Change?” which has some great videos and insightful information. Watch Chris Monko close in 2015. He’s going to shine.
1) Media 5
2) Influence 5
3) Reach 5
4) Activism 6

#31 Tiffany Madison
Liberty is a weapon and Tiffany is a pistol! As a project manager, she has helped make Liberty.me, a site that didn’t even exist two years ago, one of the most popular liberty sites in the world. Her talent doesn’t stop there, as she is also a very talented fiction writer.
1) Media 6
2) Influence 6
3) Reach 6
4) Activism 5

#30 Chris Lewis
Chris is one of the most talented unknown writers out there. He has made this talent known in 2014 and will really make a splash in 2015.
1) Media 5
2) Influence 4
3) Reach 5
4) Activism 3

#29 Christina Tobin
This young woman has a mission. As the founder and chair of Free & Equal Elections, she has accomplished a lot in her short time on earth advocating for ballot access and organizing rallies. Nothing will compare to what she’s got coming up in 2015.
1) Media 7
2) Influence 8
3) Reach 7
4) Activism 7

#28 Mike Salvi
Mike Salvi scrapped his popular podcast in 2014, but that doesn’t mean he’s done; he’s a liberty addict. You better believe he’s got something up his sleeve for 2015.
1) Media 6
2) Influence 6
3) Reach 5
4) Activism 7

#27 Marcel Fontaine
What a great human being! He’s taught so many so much about liberty through a means that is rare these days: he taught by example. That’s badass!
1) Media 5
2) Influence 5
3) Reach 5
4) Activism 7

#26 Bruce Baumann
This guy is impressive! When it comes to liberty activism, Colorado is booming with liberty. Bruce is a serious voice in that community with his work at We Are Change Colorado. Watch out for this kid! He’s doing some big things!
1) Media 5
2) Influence 6
3) Reach 6
4) Activism 8

#25 Sean Stone
Actor, producer, director, host, activist, businessman….this list goes on and on. Sean Stone has so much to offer. It’s great to see so much talent utilized for liberty!
1) Media 7
2) Influence 7
3) Reach 7
4) Activism 6

#24 Mike Paczrsny & Kristan Harris
The hosts of The Rundown Live – a fast growing podcast that is now getting some airtime, look for these guys to really become a hit in 2015.
1) Media 7
2) Influence 5
3) Reach 6
4) Activism 5

#23 Cassandra Fairbanks
If you know who she is, you’re either a huge fan of activism or an online creeper. Already an accomplished activist, her breakout work in Ferguson, Missouri this year really put her on the liberty radar. This year she’s my prediction as the liberty “it” girl.
1) Media 6
2) Influence 6
3) Reach 6
4) Activism 8

#22 N.A. Poe
He’s going to hate that he made it into this list. He’s too cool for lists, nonetheless, he’s on it. Poe is a staple in the hot Philadelphia liberty scene. You better believe he’s up to something.
1) Media 5
2) Influence 6
3) Reach 5
4) Activism 8

#21 Katie Khaos
By far the most adorable little liberty activist you’ll ever come across. Her YouTube channel is really getting hot. With a fiery personality and a quick wit, to know this little liberty dolly is to love her. Get ready for her to be one of the breakout young liberty minds of 2015.
1) Media 5
2) Influence 4
3) Reach 5
4) Activism 6

#20 Derrick Broze
This guy is an inspiration. Take Bob Marley, mix him up with a little Bastiat and Gandhi, then top off that parfait with an Orwell cherry. Derrick Broze is one of the greatest liberty minds already and this upcoming year is geared to be a banner year for him.
1) Media 7
2) Influence 7
3) Reach 7
4) Activism 8

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