David Fraser Nolan was an American activist and politician. He was one of the founders of the Libertarian Party of the United States, Nolan was born on November 23,1943, in Washington, D. C. and grew up in Maryland. During high school, he was influenced by Ayn Rand and Robert Heinlein and he enrolled at MIT, graduating with a BS in political science in 1965. Nolan was a member of Young Americans for Freedom in 1969 when more than 300 libertarians organized to control of the organization from conservatives. Many walked out after a confrontation sparked by the burning of a draft card in protest to a conservative proposal against draft resistance. While sympathizing with the radicals, Nolan remained with the organization, the group organized among a number of libertarians, including The Society for Individual Liberty, which had been formed by dissident members of Young Americans for Freedom and European libertarians. They officially founded the Libertarian Party on December 11,1971 and he ran unsuccessfully as a Libertarian for the United States House of Representatives in Arizonas 8th congressional district election,2006 and received 1. 9% of the vote. He also ran as the Libertarian candidate in the 2010 U. S. Senate election in Arizona, theyre afraid to say anything that might scare people, because that might keep people from voting for them, he told Lew Rockwell in a December 2008 radio interview. Its become a very timid organization in the last six or eight years, in 2009, Nolan publicly endorsed the Free State Project, an attempt to move 20,000 Libertarians to New Hampshire to experience Liberty in their Lifetimes. Nolan died of a stroke in Tucson, Arizona on November 21,2010, cato Institute policy analysis paper 580, October 18,2006. David Nolan for Senate 2010 Senate candidacy page
David Nolan during his 2010 Senate campaign
Nolan at the 2008 Libertarian Party national convention
While the traditional political "left-right" spectrum is a line, the Nolan Chart, created by David Nolan, is a plane, situating libertarianism in a wider gamut of political thought.