About Dr. Mary Ruwart

Dr. Mary J. Ruwart is a research scientist, ethicist, and a libertarian author/activist. She received her B.S. in biochemistry in 1970 and her Ph.D. in Biophysics in 1974 (both from Michigan State University).  She subsequently joined the Department of Surgery at St. Louis University and left her Assistant Professorship there to accept a position with The Upjohn Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1976.  As a senior research scientist, Dr. Ruwart was involved in developing new therapies for a variety of diseases, including liver cirrhosis and AIDS.

Dr. Ruwart left Upjohn in 1995 to devote her time to consulting and writing. Her communications course for scientists covering written, oral, and poster presentations has received high praise from attendees. She also provides consulting services for nutraceutical companies, clinical research organizations, and universities.

Between 2003 and 2006, Dr. Ruwart was an adjunct Associate Professor of Biology at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.  During that time, she served with the Center for Applied and Professional Ethics, designing a medical research ethics course for the University.  Her radical application of ethics to medical regulation, especially regulations regarding pharmaceuticals, has life-and-death-implications.

Since 1982, Dr. Ruwart has also been involved in societal ethics with a focus on the political theory and practice of libertarianism. Her award-winning international best-selling book, Healing Our World, demonstrates how the ethical application of libertarian principles has historically created harmony and abundance.  Referencing hundreds of studies, Dr. Ruwart demonstrates that many of our current policies surreptitiously violate the basic ethical standards that we hold dear, thereby leading to unintended—and highly undesirable—consequences. Over the last three decades, Dr. Ruwart has often run for public office as a Libertarian Candidate, primarily to educate voters on the impact of ethical choices on their personal and financial well-being.

Dr. Ruwart’s sister, Martie, provided extensive editorial critique to the first (1992) edition of Healing Our World. In 1993, Martie was diagnosed with terminal cancer and became one of Dr. Kevorkian’s patients. In memory of her sister, Dr. Ruwart shares her story with those interested in the ethical issues surrounding assisted suicide in both public (Larry King Radio; The Morton Downey, Jr. Show; Rolanda, etc.) and private forums (e.g., churches, schools, hospice).

Her Internet column, Ask Dr. Ruwart, is a popular feature of the Advocates for Self-Government “Liberator OnLine” e-zine. Her book, Short Answers to the Tough Question, is based on these and other questions she has received over the years.

Dr. Ruwart has worked extensively with the poor through her decade-long efforts to rehabilitate low-income housing in the Kalamazoo area.  She was also an active member of the Kalamazoo Rainforest Action Committee and has been profiled in American Men and Women of Science, Who’s Who in Science and Technology, World Who’s Who of Women, International Leaders of Achievement, Who’s Who of American Women, Community Leaders of North America and several other prestigious biographical works.

Currently, Dr. Ruwart serves as Chair of Liberty International and Secretary of the Foundation for a Free Society. She has been an At-Large member of the Libertarian National Committee , served on the Board of both the Heartland Institute (Michigan Chapter) and the Fully Informed Jury Amendment Association.



  1. Im a large fan already, man. Youve performed a brilliant job making certain that folks understand where youre coming from. And let me tell you, I get it. Excellent stuff and I cant wait to read far more of your blogs. What youve got to say is crucial and needs to be read.

  2. Merry Christmas Dr. Ruwart you are truly a beautiful human being.

  3. I came across this board and I in finding It really useful & it
    helped me out a lot. I am hoping to offer something back and help others
    such as you helped me.

  4. Yay, another awesome Michigan gal! Keep fighting the good fight, my sister. We are working on the Southern Front here in Florida!

    I linked to my biography (above) so that you may be aware of my background and resources in the event that we can find synergy on a common project in the future.

    Peace to you.

    Tia Jolie

  5. Hello, Dr. Ruwart. I just wanted to send you a comment to let you know that I heard you recently on the Tom Woods Show. I really enjoyed your discussion with Tom. I always learn so much listening to you. It was wonderful to hear about your roots in the Libertarian Party and how you see things, especially in light of recent events. I especially liked your comments about the status of the Libertarian Party today and how much they’ve strayed from the non-aggression principle. I’ve been very disillusioned by where the Libertarian Party has been heading in the last 10+ years (Bob Barr was the final straw). It helps to hear your perspective on that (it gives me some hope).

    Again, thank you for taking the time to do the show and I hope that you do it again soon.

    • Mary Ruwart says

      It’s always a pleasure to be on the Tom Woods Show. Glad you enjoyed it!

      Don’t be too disillusioned. The LP is being “invaded” by GOP wannabees because we’ve been so successful. Other groups, like Liberty International, formerly International Society for Individual Liberty, proudly carries the non-aggression principle banner. Check it out at isil.org!

  6. Dr. Ruwart,

    It would be great if you were able to write a fictIonalized novel which explains the principles of your book. Perhaps they would make a movie or miniseries.

  7. I enjoyed your article on the “Impossible Dream” which so concisely touched on the issue of control.

    This is congruent with the purpose of our initiative of “understanding human nature”…a topic so
    lacking in our educational system.

    Dr. John Geier at the University of Minnesota offered a connection between fear and hostility. If we can
    address the fear, we can de-energize the hostility.

    There is no better example of fear of loss of control than the present political process.

    Thank you for what you do. Do what you love and love what you do.

  8. Vincent Cucchiara says

    Thank you so much for your advocacy for a more free and safe world. I am currently working on a speech in one of my courses at Penn State and am using you as an expert testimonial source for the failures of the FDA.

  9. I learned about you through Jeff Berwick’s “TheAnarchast” youtube channel. You give me hope for a more market-driving health care system. When discussing healthcare (as an RN) I have often encouraged disgruntled patients to find the laws that are protecting the criminals rather than creating laws to protect patients.

    Looking forward to reading your book, and thank you for your service to humanity.


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