One morning in the early 1980s an 18 year old Carmen Alexe packed her bags for a swim meet in neighboring Yugoslavia. She said goodbye to her parents and her sister. She was the only one who knew she could be saying goodbye for the last time. After the swim meet, Carmen fled to Italy and applied for political asylum. She eventually immigrated to the United States and started her own business. In 2008, she discovered Ron Paul. This is her story.

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Show Notes:

Carmen Alexe: From Loose Money to Fettered People (

Carmen Alexe: I Grew Up in a Communist System. Here’s What Americans Don’t Understand About Freedom (Foundation for Economic Education) Profile: Carmen Alexe

FEE Profile: Carmen Alexe

By Patrick MacFarlane

Patrick MacFarlane is the Justin Raimondo Fellow at the Libertarian Institute where he advocates a noninterventionist foreign policy. He is a Wisconsin attorney in private practice. He is the host of the Liberty Weekly Podcast at, where he seeks to expose establishment narratives with well researched documentary-style content and insightful guest interviews. His work also appears on in the viewpoints section. He may be reached at

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