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John Tsarpalas


Minimum wage

It’s worth repeating: Minimum wage increases cost jobs. When Ontario raised its minimum wage by roughly 20 percent, politicians certainly patted themselves on the back for “helping” low-wage workers. The result of their policy, however, has been quite a different story. Some 59,300 part time jobs have been lost as a result of the higher wage — and many companies are cutting back on costs in other ways, such as reducing benefits, ending paid breaks and hiking prices. As Ontario is quickly learning, there still is no such thing as a free lunch. (Read more)


Civil rights

What is the greatest libertarian accomplishment? According to David Boaz at the Cato Institute, it’s the abolition of slavery. In an article about Black History Month, Boaz explains that “Much of the progress we have made in the United States has involved extending the promises of the Declaration of Independencelife, liberty and the pursuit of happinessto more and more people.” And he’s right. The abolition of slavery, and the 20th century’s civil rights movement, was a quintessentially libertarian moment. After all, it was a movement that prioritized the rights of individuals over the oppressive nature of government. (Read more)



Every four years, the American people have the opportunity to vote for the President of the United States. Indeed, all of our elected representatives must win the approval of their constituency to remain in power. It’s such a basic feature of our representative government, most people never give it a second thought. It is simply a given that voters should have a say over who represents their interests in government. And yet, millions of workers across America are never given the opportunity to vote on who will represent their interests in labor agreements. In fact, unions are actively fighting the conceptarguing instead that once a union gains power in a workplace, workers should never again have the opportunity to vote on representation. Would we tolerate such an anti-democratic arrangement in any other aspect of daily life? (Read more)


Climate change

When governments in California sue energy producerssuch as Exxon Mobilefor contributing to climate change, they insist that local damage from global warming will cost billions of dollars to mitigate. When those same governments talk to investors, however, they sing a different tuneessentially shrugging off concerns that apocalyptic climate change will have an impact on the government’s finances. So which is it? (Read more)


Free markets

As it turns out, capitalism is awfully persistent. Whether it is a cultural upheaval, economic depression or any other “bad news,” capitalism faces the challenges and then goes right back to generating widespread prosperity. As Nick Gillespie explains it at, “Capitalism's genius, it turns out, is a form of repressive tolerance that, as economist Joseph Schumpeter observed, brought more and more stuff to more and more people. (Read more)




John Tsarpalas

John Tsarpalas


John Tsarpalas is the President of the Nevada Policy, and is deeply committed to spreading limited government ideas and policy to create a better, more prosperous Nevada for all.

For over three decades, John has educated others in the ideals and benefits of limited government. In the 1980s, John joined the Illinois Libertarian Party and served on its State Central Committee. Later in the 90s, he transitioned to the Republican Party, and became active in the Steve Forbes for President Campaign and flat taxes.

In 2005, he was recruited to become the Executive Director of the Illinois Republican Party where he graduated from the Republican National Committee’s Campaign College, the RNC’s Field Management School, and the Leadership Institute’s activist training.

Additionally, John has served as President of the Sam Adams Alliance and Team Sam where he did issue education and advocacy work in over 10 states, with a focus on the web.

John also founded or helped start the following educational not-for-profits: Think Freely Media, the Haym Salomon Center – where he served as Chairman, the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity and Midwest Speaking Professionals.

A native of Chicago, John now lives in Las Vegas with his wife of more than 40 years.