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Good-bye from MamaLiberty

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As you may have already noticed, Nathan Barton has taken over publishing The Price of Liberty. He has been my faithful friend, critic and moral support over at least the last 20 years, and I couldn’t say enough about that if I wrote for a week.

I won’t be involved any more because I am dying of an aggressive cancer and have little idea how much time I have left. I am blessed with a wonderful family and many good neighbors and friends, so will not be alone or lonesome in that process.

Please give her your good-byes here or at The Price of Liberty.

I’ve known for a month or two that Susan is dying; I wasn’t free to say anything. She’s been torn between wanting to tell more people yet not wanting to be an object of pity or the subject of anti-cancer advice. So please don’t hit her with recommendations about shark cartilage, coffee enemas, or apricot pits. Let her go in peace and with your love.


  1. khperkins
    khperkins June 27, 2018 1:28 pm

    I don’t know Mama Liberty except for her online presence. I do know that cancer is a bitch. I wish her a peaceful and easy passing, and know she will be missed.

  2. coloradohermit
    coloradohermit June 27, 2018 1:33 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear the news. A good life, well lived and much shared. Thanks Susan for all your online wisdom. Prayers that your remaining days are full of love and peace.

  3. Mike
    Mike June 27, 2018 1:43 pm

    Best wishes on your next journey.

  4. Pat
    Pat June 27, 2018 1:43 pm

    To MamaLiberty – a true Liberty Friend:

    Go in peace. Keep that gun clean, and don’t let them confiscate it. I’ve missed you.

  5. Joel
    Joel June 27, 2018 1:50 pm

    Crap. I’ll miss her.

  6. Shel
    Shel June 27, 2018 2:14 pm

    That’s a wonderful picture that says it all. We’re all on a clock and how we handle it, I believe, matters much. Many, many kudos for your grace and dignity.

  7. Comrade X
    Comrade X June 27, 2018 3:20 pm

    I really never got to know her but from what I could tell she was a person of very high principles and IMHO that is the highest compliment I could ever give anyone.

    Go in peace, you will be missed and remembered.

  8. StevefromMA
    StevefromMA June 27, 2018 4:56 pm

    I just read her comments here but found them worth my time. Great picture.


  9. fred
    fred June 27, 2018 5:30 pm

    I have a lot of respect for you and your fine posts.Im so sorry to hear the news.Thank you for letting us know so we can tell you how we feel about you so you can know.You have a lot of friends in cyberspace.

  10. free.and.true
    free.and.true June 27, 2018 5:39 pm

    Peace and Godspeed, MamaL.

  11. Jorge
    Jorge June 27, 2018 5:41 pm

    Damn. I knew something was not right when I noticed she stopped commenting here. She and I had some fun “arguments” over at Sunni and the Conspirators way back when.

    Go in peace Mama, you will be missed.

  12. jed
    jed June 27, 2018 5:47 pm

    Susan, I have always valued your writings and friendship, even though we never met. I’m truly sorry that you’ll be leaving us. I hope you will find peace and comfort among your friends and family; you are blessed to have them, and we are all blessed for your presence in our lives.

  13. M
    M June 27, 2018 7:34 pm

    Ramen noodle seasoning packs, yard or two of wool and a Goat named Pig…been 14 years my friend. Be free.

  14. Elias Alias
    Elias Alias June 27, 2018 7:41 pm

    Thank you Claire.
    As she did with you, she requested I not divulge this to others.
    I was enroute to Tennessee from Montana to sit at my mother’s death-bed for one last visit, just after MamaLiberty informed me of her plight. I stopped by her home in Wyoming for a final visit with her, and we had a wonderful hour together. I gave her my Liberty Round Table shirt, which she appreciated, telling me that hers had been worn-out years ago. She treasures so many good times with the “liberty movement”, and I treasure her friendship throughout the past eighteen years, as I’m sure many here also do. Susan is a mature soul, is fearless, and I am proud of her for what she told me about how she is dealing with this. In my own opinion, Susan is not leaving us — she is simply taking a more ethereal form, surrounding all with her loving support as we mere mortals struggle to earn and keep our individual freedom.

    Elias Alias .

  15. kentmcmanigal
    kentmcmanigal June 27, 2018 8:08 pm

    My heart just dropped into my stomach reading that. She is truly one of the good ones.

  16. Bill St. Clair
    Bill St. Clair June 27, 2018 8:13 pm

    Godspeed, MamaLiberty, on your journey home. Be seein’ ya.

  17. Iwoots
    Iwoots June 27, 2018 9:40 pm

    To MamaLiberty: Fair wind & following seas.

  18. larryarnold
    larryarnold June 27, 2018 9:45 pm

    The Price of Liberty

    Paid in full, ML. Paid in full.

  19. Ron Johnson
    Ron Johnson June 28, 2018 3:05 am

    Susan, you’ve passed on ideas and ideals to future generations. Like the pebble in the pond, the way you lived will ripple outward forever.

  20. firstdouglas
    firstdouglas June 28, 2018 5:28 am

    Mama Liberty and Will Grigg have shared a similar space in my outlook on the world, both being persons known to me only through their writing, but whom I would much look forward to meeting, given opportunity. And I’ve already been missing your presence here; thank you!

  21. DistOne
    DistOne June 28, 2018 5:36 am

    This existence is a school, Mama Liberty learned her lessons well and taught many people along the way and she will be missed. Heaven will be a better place for having her there.

  22. knobster
    knobster June 28, 2018 5:54 am

    God bless you and keep you Mama. I’ve learned more from you than I could possibly write here in this response.

    Go in peace ML. Your work here is done.

  23. FishOrMan
    FishOrMan June 28, 2018 6:49 am

    Can saying goodbye be considered a blessing… Yet, in ways I cannot see, you have loved those whom I love, and that makes you a blessing on my life. Until that new day dawns upon your journey, may Lord’s lamp keep shining out your path.

  24. rochester_veteran
    rochester_veteran June 28, 2018 7:02 am

    Such bad news about MamaLiberty/Susan. Please, pass on my best to her, Claire, and I will keep her in my prayers. Cancer sucks!

  25. William
    William June 28, 2018 7:52 am

    Mama, thank you for your many years of giving in the field of medicine (nursing), and for the unwavering leadership/support/insight you have provided in our individual paths for freedom and liberty. My respect for you is immense. (bennie)

  26. Noah Body
    Noah Body June 28, 2018 12:31 pm

    So sorry and sad to hear this. Godspeed, ML. See you on the other side.

  27. Brad R
    Brad R June 28, 2018 1:51 pm

    I only know MamaLiberty from her writings here…and I am deeply saddened by this news. I have no advice to give; just farewell, and my hopes for an easy passage. You will be missed.

  28. LibertyNews
    LibertyNews June 28, 2018 2:42 pm

    Sorry to hear that, but I’m glad she’s letting everyone know. Hopefully it is some comfort to her to see how missed she will be.

  29. ND
    ND June 28, 2018 6:47 pm

    Blessing be upon you. May the remaining winds in your sails shift to the most favorable direction.

  30. daryl holland
    daryl holland June 29, 2018 11:05 am

    God bless you.

  31. MacGregor Phillips
    MacGregor Phillips June 30, 2018 8:24 am

    MamaLiberty, you have more friends than you could possible know. Sorry to hear the sad news, but you now go to that place where liberty thrives and flourishes. There will be many, many friends there to welcome you. Go in peace.

  32. Who...Me?
    Who...Me? June 30, 2018 8:46 am

    ML I always love your comments everywhere you leave them. Go in peace.

  33. ellendra
    ellendra June 30, 2018 1:13 pm

    So sorry, Mama L. You will be greatly missed!!!

  34. DiabloLoco
    DiabloLoco July 2, 2018 3:10 pm

    The world is losing one of it’s greatest treasures. I owe ML so much. While many others gave up on me and sought to eradicate my online presence, ML was always there with her loving kindness and tremendous patience. She is and always will be my “online Mama”. I’m a better person for having known her, and I’m infinitely proud to call her my mentor. I’m sure that many others share a similar story, as she helped so many to find and maintain the path to self-ownership and individual liberty. Those of us that can count ourselves lucky enough to have been under her tutelage can never hope to replace her. It’s not possible. She’s one of a kind. We can however, try to carry our part of her torch. Become flashes of brilliance in an increasingly dark and gloomy world. We owe it to her to try to “pay it forward” and make sure that her legacy and flame burns eternal.


  35. Daniel Wiener
    Daniel Wiener September 15, 2018 2:38 pm

    Sandi Wiener (Susan’s sister) and I will be in Newcastle at the end of September (the 25th through the 27th), and during that time we’ll be spreading Susan’s ashes (probably on Wednesday, Sept. 26th). Susan was not much for ceremonies, and we won’t be having any big memorial service or anything. But if any of her friends would like to join us when we spread her ashes, let us know. (Email

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