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June Man of the Month: Stephen Kent

Each month, The Classy Libertarian names a ‘Man of the Month,’ to let our readers know about a gentleman that exemplifies the title of our publication. This month, we have chosen Stephen Kent. Mr. Kent was gracious enough to take some time to answer a few questions we had about him.

What does it mean to be classy?

You don’t hit people in their soft spots for fun or sweep the leg. I don’t see honor or class in the way politico’s are expected to debate in the public square these days. Part of being classy is being respectful of your friends and your opponents.

What does it mean to be a true man?

If someone ever finds out please send them my way, because I’d love to know. This question takes my mind to responsibility and ownership. A man can make mistakes, hell he can be broken by those mistakes, but he faces them.

What are your favorite books?

I don’t read a lot, but a few have stuck with me over time. “Good Profit” by Charles Koch, “The Conservative Heart” by Arthur Brooks, “John Adams” by David McCullough and “The World According to Star Wars” by Cass Sunstein.

What is your current line of work?

Spokesperson and public relations manager for Young Voices. So I do a lot of media outreach, booking, and trainings for young people looking to expand their footprint in television and radio.

Where are you from?

Durham, North Carolina! Proud to share that home with Mary Katherine Hamm of The Federalist and CNN. I mostly grew up in Greensboro, NC but Durham and those old condemned cigarette factories will always be what I think of when I think of home.

Would you say you’re a conservative or a libertarian?

This is a great question. I have a conservative heart and a libertarian mind. They fight a lot and are constantly warring over control of my words and actions. In the political realm, I fit best as a libertarian, because some of the matters of the heart I cherish deeply are not compatible with a Constitutional outlook on policy and I recognize that.

Who are your biggest influences, political or otherwise?

Political figures I find to always be a let down in the long run, so I tend to lean more towards the fictional world here. Qui-Gon Jinn of the Star Wars saga, seen in Episode I: The Phantom Menace has always been a character I consider an influence. He is patient, measured and exudes calm. These are not traits I hold naturally, so my love of Qui-Gon has always been aspirational. I still love how he balances being a firm teacher to Obi Wan Kenobi with instilling in his student a skepticism about the Jedi Order’s orthodoxy. He wasn’t a rogue but he was a rebel in a sense. Before his death, in the midst of a fight that he sensed he could not win, Qui-Gon meditated. I think about that often.

Any fun facts about yourself?

Probably the fun things that define who I am today are that I was a filmmaker and punk rock musician through high school and college. I still play music today when I can. Loud and fast! I’m also not shy about how I became a surprise Dad at age 20 – it reshaped my entire life, spirit, and journey. I’m also a relentless Star Wars consumer, and oddly enough I’ve been able to make that part of my livelihood.

Where can we find you on social media?

I’m on Twitter @Stephen_Kent89 and Instagram @StephenOfKent and you can subscribe my weekly Star Wars & politics podcast “Beltway Banthas” on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
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