On November 29, 2013, Alden Link, the Vice-Presidential candidate of the Objectivist Party in 2008 and 2012, was appointed to the Governing Board of the Objectivist Party. He fills the vacancy created by the death of Dallwyn Hamnilton Merck, who served on the Governing Board from February 2, 2008 to November 10, 2013. Dallwyn Merck's assigned membership number in the Objectivist Party was #4. Alden Link, who joined the party on August 19, 2008, was assigned membership #63.
The Objectivist Party was founded on February 2, 2008 and seeks to promote Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism in the political realm. At the National Convention of the Objectivist Party held on May 25, 2008 at The Buckhorn Exchange in Denver, Colorado, Alden Link was selected as the party's Vice-Presidential candidate for 2008. At the State Convention of the New York Libertarian Party held on April 24, 2010 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Albany, New York, Alden Link received the nomination of the New York Libertarian Party for Lt. Governor. At the National Convention of the Objectivist Party held on May 29-30, 2010 at Show-Me's on The Landing and at The Kitchen Buffet & Bistro (inside Lumiere Place Casino) in St. Louis, Missouri, Alden Link was selected as the party's Vice-Presidential candidate for 2012.
In accepting appointment to the Governing Board of the Objectivist Party, Mr. Link said:
I am honored and pleased to have been selected to serve on the Governing Board of the Objectivist Party. There is no worthier a cause than to work to free people's minds from the shackles of superstition and mysticism. Living a purposeful life using logic and reason brings fulfillment and happiness now and not in some imaginary afterlife.
For those who do not know me, I am an entrepreneur, real estate developer and aviator. As a businessman, I am aware how government regulation can stifle the entrepreneurial spirit. I want to free up the creative energies of entrepreneurs to enable them to develop new technologies. As a real estate developer, I understand how zoning regulation and eminent domain abuse have gotten out of hand. As an aviator, I feel the spirit of freedom swelling in my heart as I soar through the skies. This feeling inspires me to fight for freedom until the government learns to respect every man's natural right to life, liberty and property.
I believe citizens have a right to keep the money they earn and that they know best how to spend that money. Government involvement interferes with the efficiency of the free market. I also believe people are sovereign over their own bodies and have the right to do with them as they see fit without the interference of a paternalistic government.
The Objectivist Party has been the voice of reason in the political realm and its influence has been felt worldwide. It currently has members in 19 countries including Australia, Canada, China, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Egypt, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States of America, where it currently has 30 chartered State Chapters. I look forward to working with Dr. Tom Stevens, the Founder of the Objectivist Party, and with the other Governing Board members to take the party's political activism to the next level.
Alden Link graduated from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics and obtained an Associates of Applied Science degree in Industrial Instrumentation from the Long Island Agricultural & Technical Institute (currently SUNY Farmingdale). He also served for two years in the United States Army. Mr. Link currently maintains residences in New York and Florida.