New Counter Cultured: Crayle Vanest Is Great Campus Carry Advocate

I interviewed Crayle Vanest of Students for Concealed Carry about gun rights on campus. Check it out!

Here at Counter Cultured, we are inclined to give our fellow right-minded Millennials the spotlight if they are doing big things. Our movement grows when we have more passionate voices–not fewer voices. One Millennial worth profiling is Crayle Vanest, a 22-year-old Indiana University senior passionate about the Second Amendment.  Crayle currently serves as the Midwest Regional Director of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.

GH: Why and when did you become a passionate advocate for concealed carry on campus?

CV: I have been passionate about all forms of self-defense since I was 14 years old, and began advocating for campus carry when I was 18. I’ve always enjoyed my independence from a young age, even it was just walking to a friend’s house a few miles away, but even with hand-to-hand self-defense knowledge, I was always aware that some people out there were just faster and stronger than me.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

New Counter Cultured Article: Nanny Statists Gives Values A Bad Name

Last Friday, my sister Anna Maria and I published an article up at Counter Cultured titled, “Nanny Statists Give Cultural Conservatives A Bad Name.” Below is an excerpt:

Big government sadly pervades our country today.

Whether it’s the marriage of big business and government or the union of nanny statism and Cultural Marxism (political correctness), big government policies adversely affect people on the cultural and economic fronts. Though we are inclined to criticize and condemn the Left’s embrace of intrusive government, it’s imperative to criticize this when it plagues our side, as well.

As cultural conservatives who also believe in free enterprise, we cannot confidently stand by certain political leaders on the Right who want to remedy society through paternalistic means.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

New Counter Cultured Article: Interview With Jordan Bosstick of Miss American Made

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Today I published an interview  I conducted with my friend Jordan Bosstick of San Diego, California for Counter Cultured. Jordan is a fellow young conservative from Southern California. She is also a business owner who manages two blogs – one fashion, the other political. Below is an excerpt from the article:

We are happy to resume our interview series “Counter Cultured Chats”! There are so many bright, successful counter cultured Millennials out there–why not profile them? Previously, we interviewed libertarian activist and vlogger Julie Borowski. Today, we are profiling Jordan Bosstick of Miss American Made.

Jordan is a young conservative based out of San Diego, California. She also owns Volkalize, a social networking website that fosters political debate. Her other website- Miss American Made– has garnered a lot of attention for promoting American-made products. Below is our interview with Ms. Bosstick!

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Counter Cultured Website Has Relaunched

Hello everyone!

As many of you know, I manage a culturally conservative blog with my sister called Counter Cultured. The website specifically caters to Millennials aged 18-29. We launched this endeavor in September 2012. And today, we’ve relaunched the website. Click here to check it out.

Additionally, we’ve extended the deadline for our “Do You Even #2A?” Video Project to January 9th, 2015. If you’re a Millennial who supports gun rights, definitely participate!

Expect more interviews, spicy topics, and hard-hitting commentary from us in 2015!

Best,

Gabriella

Counter Cultured Interview with Julie Borowski

Today, we published an interview with libertarian activist and policy analyst Julie Borowski regarding her thoughts on pop culture, radical feminism, Millennials, and big government. Below is an excerpt:

We recently asked Julie some questions on how to combat radical feminism and big government.

CC: Julie, thank you for allowing us to interview you for our website. We love your videos. Do you consider yourself counter cultured? 

JB: Thank you so much! In some ways, I do consider myself to be counter cultured. I’ve never been one to embrace something just because it’s popular or someone told me to. I attended public school. I remember being taught that FDR was a savior, government spending boosts the economy, raising the minimum wage helps poor people, etc. One thing that fascinated me about libertarian thought is that it often debunks conventional wisdom. I always recommend the book “Economics in One Lesson” by Henry Hazlitt because it just takes a hammer to mainstream thought about economics and it makes perfect sense to me. For me, libertarianism really makes you see the world in a different way.

CC: Your videos greatly appeal to millennials. Why is that? 

JB: I think it helps that I’m a millennial myself. A lot of political commenters are older and stuffier. YouTube is a medium that a lot of young people watch and I’m not afraid to get a little goofy to get a point across. My favorite messages, though, are from little kids who watch my videos or their parents. I’ve heard that kids as young as 4 years old enjoy watching my videos with their parents because they like to laugh at me. I don’t know if they agree or not, but I think it’s cool that they are being exposed to alternative views at least.

 Read the full article at Counter Cultured.

New Counter Cultured Article: Be an Individual in the Era of Big Government

I’ve penned a new column up at Counter Cultured today titled “Be Classic in the Era of Big Government.”

Here’s an excerpt:

I was recently listening to MKTO’s megahit “Classic” for some inspiration. While this song is centered on love, it can be applied to anything. If you haven’t heard the song, below is a sample of the song’s lyrics:

You’re over my head
I’m out of my mind
Thinking I was born in the wrong time
It’s love on rewind,
Everything is so throwback-ish (I kinda like it, like it)
Out of my league
Old school chic
Like a movie star
From the silver screen
You’re one of a kind living in a world gone plastic
Baby you’re so classic
Baby you’re so classic
Baby you’re so classic

While government may not have direct involvement in every cultural phenomenon, its promotion of paternalism and complacency is greatly seen in pop culture, religion, business, and politics today. It’s better to be classic, or independent-minded, than a conformist in an era marked by invasive big government.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Celebrating Two Years at Leadership Institute

On this day two years ago, I started working for Morton Blackwell’s Leadership Institute as part of its Campus Leadership Program. I was truly blessed to find a job after college. (Hard work does pay off!) As a recent college graduate and wide-eyed 21-year-old, I was excited to work for this reputed institution to help it advance conservatism. Now at the age of 23, I’m fully prepared to challenge the Left thanks to the skills I’ve honed on at my job.

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Time surely does fly by fast! It feels like I started my post as the Northeast Regional Field Coordinator yesterday. What exactly do I do? I assist college students in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. More specifically, I help conservative and libertarian college students start/expand student groups, help them expose liberal bias, and assist them in changing campus dialogue. I used to be in their shoes, so I know how it feels to be the sole outspoken conservative on campus. That’s why I’m proud to serve as a mentor and friend to the students I work with. I want them to succeed on campus. (We need to help our fellow Millennials succeed in and out of the classroom!)

Working in the Northeast these past two years has been a treat. Although I’m based in the Washington, D.C., area, I make frequent trips to the Northeast to assist countless college students. You might be thinking, “Holy cow! The Northeast is a lost cause because it’s so liberal!” Yes, this stigma is all too true. This region is extremely liberal and reliably blue–and yes, its colleges live up to our expectations of being  leftist hubs. However, not all students in this region are complacent. I handle most Ivy League universities while working with many big state schools and smaller liberal arts colleges. I work with conservative, libertarian, and single issue students to help them advance limited government, traditional values, free markets, gun rights, academic freedom, and feminine virtue as a consultant. (I basically act as a liaison between student groups and outside organizations.) I’m proud to be in touch with hundreds of students. (If you need assistance on your college campus, contact me here.)

Morton Blackwell is a great conservative activist who has contributed so positively to our movement.  I’m truly honored to work under his leadership. (Thank you, Morton!) And my job would be incomplete without the support and friendship of my coworkers, who are some of the best activists I know. To my colleagues in CLP and Devo: I enjoy the countless jokes about communism, culture, and liberalism–you’ve made me smile and laugh nearly to the point of tears! I’ve also enjoyed our intellectual and insightful discussions during lunch hour, which have become a household name in our office. You’ve inspired me to be a better activist with each day. I couldn’t ask for a better workplace!

These past two years at LI especially wouldn’t be complete without the support of family and friends. My parents and sister have been there for me since day one by always encouraging me to do my best. Also, the support of friends in similar conservative organizations and support of friends outside D.C. mean a lot to me. You’ve helped this California girl blend into D.C. with ease. I can’t thank you enough!

I look forward to the next year or so at Leadership Institute. There are so many students to help and colleges in the Northeast to impact. We’ve got an uphill battle ahead of us to reclaim this country, so we must remain vigilant and determined. Our college campuses can be reclaimed; don’t give up on them!

Thanks to everyone who has positively influenced me!

Best wishes,

Gabriella