What is Liberty Maniacs?
Liberty Maniacs is about freedom and independence. Our business is all about crafting design and merchandise that celebrates freedom and occasionally having a little fun with those that oppose it.
I'm Dan McCall. I'm an artist and designer that started Liberty Maniacs years ago as a project to make my own brand of liberty minded stuff I couldn't find anywhere else. Years later, I've found there are millions of people all over the world that have a different take on life just like me. Liberty Maniacs is for us.
Why the name "Liberty Maniacs?"
My friend Greg gave it to me and it stuck. Many of the themes my work deals with are social and political, and people get pretty serious about them. I figured it's hard to take yourself too seriously with a silly name like Liberty Maniacs.
I've also always considered myself something of a libertarian, or strong believer in individual liberty of thought and action. In fact one might even say I'm an obsessive enthusiast of liberty. So the name fits.
I've heard that term "Libertarian" before. What does it mean?
Libertarianism is a view that upholds liberty as its principal objective. In other words, when something in society is done, libertarian-minded people generally want it to be done in a way that respects, or even increases, everyone's freedom.
Libertarians are also often interested in things like maximizing autonomy and freedom of choice, emphasizing political freedom, voluntary association, protecting individual judgement, and privacy.
Where are you located?
A stone's throw away from the Mississippi River, an hour north of Minneapolis, Minnesota. However, your stuff is typically produced and shipped for you in California. All LibertyManiacs.com products are printed in the United States.Liberty Maniacs seems all over the map politically. What's with that?
Liberty Maniacs is independent and believe people don't need any other label than their names. Hopefully our stuff reflects that.
Didn't you get into some trouble a while ago with the NSA?
I did. I actually sued the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security on free speech grounds in federal court over his parodies. Both agencies issued illegitimate cease and desist orders on my designs, causing international outrage that lead to both agencies setting out of court in February of 2014. The agencies agreed to pay my federal court filing fee and admit that their take down letters were wrong. (Using the most byzantine, equivocal legalese possible, of course.)
You can't live free without free speech. It's everything to Liberty Maniacs, and we'll never stop fighting to protect it and expand it.
I've purchased Liberty Maniacs stuff on other sites before; besides LibertyManiacs.com, where else can I get your products?
If you check out the marketplace page you'll see some of the most popular options to buy tens of thousands of products that I've designed. You'll also see Liberty Maniacs products in stores, Amazon, and other places occasionally as well.
Why do you give politicians and government agencies such a hard time?
The short answer is because they often deserve it.
I don't make fun of anything or anyone out of hate. In fact, I try and make fun of my own beliefs as just much as anyone else's, but I don't think I'm doing my job if I'm not pushing the envelope.
People are complicated, and often so are the things that people believe and do. My mission is to bring a little bit of levity and inspiration to these things in a unique way you can't get anywhere else. I want you to wear something worth saying with humor, intelligence, and style.
If you ever think I've gone over the line, just let me know! I love to hear your opinions.