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About 3PW

Third Party Watch is a user-generated publication on the web. We offer analysis and commentary about third party politics and independent candidates. Our content strives to capture the reality of the third party world and its diverse personalities. The site is owned and supported by Professor George Phillies.


Meet the Staff


George Phillies, D.Sc.

George Phillies is a full-time writer and retired physics professor. He lives in Worcster, Massachusetts with his cat, the world’s largest board wargame collection, large technical and science fiction libraries, and extensive flower gardens. His Libertarian books include four technical studies of Libertarian politics: Surely We Can Do Better, Libertarian Renaissance, Funding Liberty, and Stand up for Liberty. Phillies has been on the ballot for Federal Office twice. For a decade he served as an officer of the Libertarian Association of Massachusetts, at different times as Treasurer and as Chair. He was co-founder of the Pioneer Valley Libertarian Association, Massachusetts’ oldest continuously-existing libertarian political organization. For close to two decades, he edited the PVLA’s monthly magazines, as seen on the web site Phillies is President of the National Fantasy Fan Federation, the world’s oldest national SF club, and President of AHIKS, the world’s oldest and largest board wargaming society. He edits five SF magazines, namely Eldritch Science (fiction), Tightbeam (reviews, all genres), The National Fantasy Fan (club news zine), The N3F Review of Books Incorporating Prose Bono, and the FanActivity Gazette. Phillies has to his credit eight SF novels, namely This Shining Sea (tween superheroine), Minutegirls (politics and giant space battles), The One World (Amazon swords against Conquistador matchlocks), Mistress of the Waves (economics), Against Three Lands (not-quite-medieval Japan against not-quite-Europeans), The Girl Who Saved The World (tween superheroine), Airy Castles All Ablaze (more of the tween superheroine), and soon-to-appear Practical Exercise (a magical research university), five textbooks on board game design, a statistical mechanics textbook, a freshman mechanics book (Physics One), the definitive monograph on polymer solution dynamics, and more than 170 scientific research papers, most on light scattering spectroscopy and polymer dynamics.  

Editorial Team

Jordan Willow Evans

Jordan is the Managing Editor for Independent Political Report. She is a vocal advocate for inclusion and has appeared on ABC News, NBC Boston, Sky News, BNT 1, and numerous local outlets. She was also featured in Represent: The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World and the Worcester Historical Museum exhibit PRETTY POWERFUL: 100 Years of Voting & Style. She is the board clerk for MassEquality and previously worked with Outright Libertarians, Log Cabin Republicans, and the Massachusetts Yes on 3 Coalition. Jordan was a panelist at the New England Historical Association 2015 spring conference where she presented her analysis on the intersection of ballot access law and American identity. She also co-authored “Transgender Student Safety and Equality For All Students”, a formal white paper by Log Cabin Republicans briefing the Trump administration on the importance of a trans student guidance. She served her community of Charlton, Massachusetts for seven years as an elected library trustee and constable, as well as a member of the Dudley-Charlton Regional School Committee.    

Joseph G. Buchman, PhD,

Joe has served as a Contributing Editor to Independent Political Report since 2011.  He is a retired professor of marketing and telecommunications having earned a PhD from the Media School at Indiana University (1989), an MBA in finance from Purdue (1983) and a BS in marketing from IU (1980).  He is an adventure traveler having crossed the Gobi, chased six total solar eclipses, and has driven more than 90 percent of the US Interstate Highway system in a 1998 Roadtrek RV.  Since 2010 he has been a burner, and currently serves on the design team for the Census (part of the Burning Nerds) for the annual Burning Man event.  He has also served as an assistant manager for the second largest venue at the Sundance Film Festival, as the manager of the largest venue for the Napa Valley Film Festival, and as a moderator for panel discussions at the Sonoma Film Festival.

In 2013 he served as the moderator for the National Press Club Citizen Hearing on ET/UFO Disclosure in Washington DC. He is a past chair of the Libertarian Party’s national audit committee, a past member of the New Hampshire Investigatory Committee, past chair (interim) of the national platform committee, the archivist of the David Nolan personal papers collection (which he arranged to be donated to the Library of Congress), a past candidate for the US House (2008, 2017), Utah state senate (2016), Utah house (2018), past Utah Libertarian Party secretary, and a past chair of the Utah LP.

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