About the Author
Austin Mulka is a musician, writer, martial artist, and liberty activist from Dearborn Heights, Michigan. He has a degree in English from the University of Michigan and is pursuing a graduate degree in evolutionary psychology.
What inspired you to start writing?
Whether for better or worse, writing has been one of the most powerful instruments of influence in the history of human civilization. From Plato’s “Republic” to Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”. From Shakespeare’s “Henry V” to Martin Luther King JR.’s “I have a Dream”. From Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” to George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. From comedians’ notebooks and teachers’ lesson plans to talk show hosts’ teleprompters and preachers’ napkins. From fanatic followers and fanbases starching nations to a single reader killing time at a bus station. Writers have influenced lives and changed the world around them. I’m inspired to write by the potential to be a voice that positively impacts people’s lives and inspires others to do the same, as writers prior have done for me.
What are your hobbies / interests?
A few of my hobbies and interests are reading, writing, learning, guitar, singing/songwriting, comedy/improv, Liberty, astronomy, feeding wild squirrels, martial arts, philosophy and science!
Who are your personal heroes?
Some of my personal heroes are Niels Bohr, Carl Sagan, Ghandi, Jane Austen, Milton Friedman, and Ron Paul.
How did you discover the freedom philosophy?
I took a lot of Philosophy in high school. I was first introduced to the ideas of freedom as early as a Freshman when studying Chinese philosophers like Lao Tzu and even in Socrates and Plato. However, I became much more familiar with these ideas in my Junior year reading Locke and Hobbs and then very well-versed in college with Rothbard, Von Mises, Hayek and other economists.
Who are your favorite writers?
A few of my favorite writers are Jonathan Haidt, Einstein, Jane Austin, Steven Pinker, and Milton Friedman.