2017-18 Activity of Ken & Li Schoolland

By Ken Schoolland February 2017 Ken: “How do we persuade people to embrace liberalism?” presentation and publication release of the Malaysian edition of The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey, the 80th edition in more than 50 languages. Li: “You plant the seeds, but do you watch them grow?” Asia Liberty Forum, Mumbai, India (Li spoke again in 2018 at ALF in Jakarta)    April 10-12 “Freedom of Movement” “Youth Liberty Literature” Association of Private Enterprise Education, Lahaina, Maui April 13 “Jones Act Forum” Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Lahaina, Maui May 7-10 Discussant on Mark Skousen’s presentation: “GO Beyond GDP: A Breakthrough in Macroeconomics,” Mont Pelerin Society, Seoul, Korea July 1-4 Ken & Li: Free Market Academy Lecture Series, Silk Road Foundation, Töv, Mongolia July 5 “Economic Freedom & Prosperity,” Silk Road Foundation, Khovd, Mongolia July 12 “Problems of Redistribution,” UNIRULE Institute of Economics, Beijing, China July 13 “Problems with Externalities,” IAPP-CIPA Seminar on Globalization and Open Markets, Renmin University, Beijing, China July 14-21 Seminar Lecture Series, International Scholars of Economics and Management, Northeastern University, Shenyang, China July 23 Ken “Creative ways to teach economics,” Panel at FreedomFest, Las Vegas Li “Red State: The New Anti-Cultural Revolution” Panel at FreedomFest Gathering at FreedomFest with supporters and members of Liberty International Li and Ken recognized among the “100 Most Influential Libertarians” at FreedomFest 2017 August 10 Ken: “Judging the Economic and Security Impact of the Jones Act,” Li: “Raising Libertarian Children” Kenli: “Residency and Business Opportunities in Chile” Liberty International/FL/CRECE/CIPP World Conference, Fajardo, Puerto Rico May & September Virtual Reading Group, 4 sessions weekly for two months, on “The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey,” hosted by Ayemen Fatima (on right), Students for Liberty in India October PBS TV Debate: “Insights Hawaii: Impact of Jones Act …

LI Spring Newsletter

March, 2018 Dear Friends of Liberty International, LI has ambitious plans for 2018 that will do much to spread the ideas of individual liberty and build a more effective liberty movement around the world.  We are organizing a powerful LI World Conference in Krakow, Poland … have started producing a new series of educational outreach videos for our website … have lined up organizers of Liberty Camps in several new countries, and more.  We hope that you will be able to lend your financial support to ensure the success of Liberty International’s work! There is another way you can help LI.  We are gathering testimonials that will help us tremendously in approaching new donors and foundations. If you attended any LI World Conferences and/or Liberty Camps – especially on scholarship – what impact did that have on your life?  What are you doing now in the liberty movement, or academic studies, or in business that was influenced by your association with Liberty International activities?  If you are a donor, what do you think is special about LI that has been worthy of your support? There is space for comments on the back of the donation form, or send a letter to the LI office, or e-mail direct to [email protected]  And please send a photo! We had a couple testimonials in the year-end letter, and we have some other success stories later in this letter. Registrations Now Open for LI Krakow World Conference A great opportunity to recharge your intellectual batteries, make new friends and network with fascinating individuals from around the world, and enjoy one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. The website for the LI 2018 World Conference in Krakow is now up: www.conference.fundacjawip.org.  (Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation – FEF) They are taking the conference registrations.  The price for the …

Social Control in China

Li Schoolland with John Stossel on Reason TV:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N80zgzxUIE Li Schoolland with Matt Kibbe on CRTV: https://www.facebook.com/KibbeCRTV/videos/342722539551701/?from=watch_nf_masked_lockup&video_id=342722539551701&pnref=story

Cycle Lithuania 2018

“Life is sacrifice and risk taking, and nothing that doesn’t entail some moderate amount of the former, under the constraint of satisfying the latter, is close to what we can call life. If you do not undertake a risk of real, reversible or even potentially irreversible, harm from an adventure, it is not an adventure.” —Nassim N. Taleb   Cycle Lithuania 2018, A Freedom and Entrepreneurship Camp, August 19-23 For generations, young people have been given one formula for success: “Study hard, get good grades, go to the best university, and by hook or by crook, get a well-paying corporate gig that will set you up for life.” If this formula ever worked, it’s broken now. Millions of young people have learned the hard way that universities provide little of the practical knowledge required for success—or even getting a job—in the ever-changing, just-in-time global economy. There is no such thing as a job security. The “lucky ones” who get positions with the big corporations quickly learn that this is a modern form of serfdom. They often feel alienated and frustrated, without any “skin in the game” giving them a piece of the brighter future. Add to this mix increasing levels of automation, which is eliminating hundreds of millions of jobs around the world—and with AI help, it’s not just unskilled labor. So, what should young people do? Despair? Not at all! Remember the process economists call “creative destruction.” Yes, the old way of doing things is dying, but new ways are being born. Innovation is creating millions of new professions, spearheaded by this wonderful group of people called entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship is hard work, but it gives people the chance to create whatever life they want. Entrepreneurs don’t wait for permission to live their dreams—they do it! Just look at Steve …

Registrations are now open for the 2018 LI World Conference!

Join with Liberty International friends from around the world And enjoy one of Europe’s most beautiful cities   LI World Liberty Summit Grand Ascot Hotel Krakow, Poland August 12-16, 2018   For information and registration: http://conference.fundacjawip.org   The 2018 Liberty International World Conference will be held in beautiful Krakow, Poland. The city survived World War II intact, and is full of magnificent old buildings, art, music, and fine food. Everybody we know who has been to Krakow raves about it. Poland had a rising libertarian movement even before the fall of the Wall. Murray Rothbard lectured there in 1986, and a number of works including Rand, Friedman, Hayek, and Mises were translated at the time, and many more since. Several active organizations arose after the fall of communism. The lead host for the Krakow conference is Jacek Spendel, head of the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (FEF) www.fundacjawip.org/en , and assisted by FEF VP Marcin Chmielowski,   FEF runs numerous seminars around Poland and worked with Glenn Cripe of Language of Liberty Institute on two Liberty Camps in Poland this year. Jacek also organizes Project Arizona, which brings select Polish students to Phoenix, Arizona for free-market economics studies and internships with local libertarian organizations and businesses, and to learn about life in America. FEF produced a documentary on the forgotten free-market Krakow School of Economics of the late 19th – early 20th centuries, and is now in the early stages of producing a full-length documentary movie on the life of Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises. Jan Kuban, software entrepreneur and the new president of the Polish-American Foundation for Economic Research and Education (PAFERE) www.pafere.org is co-host of the Krakow conference. PAFERE also runs seminars, assists with the Liberty Camps, and is very active in both translating liberty classics and in current publishing aimed …

Lebanon 2017 Winter Program

By Ken Schoolland On December 15, Patrick Mardini, President of the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies (LIMS) hosted activists from 5 major political parties: the Future Movement Party, the Lebanese Forces Party, the Lebanese Kataeb Party, the Azm Movement, and the National Liberal Party (December 15). I was invited to be the facilitator for this workshop, the final step of LIMS Leaders Academy in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Lebanon and Syria, a yearly intensive economic capacity building program, aiming to empower party representatives to draft market-oriented policy propositions for feasible solutions in Lebanon. My wife was invited to give the keynote address at the graduation banquet for the International Federation of Liberal Youth’s (IFLY) 42nd annual General Assembly. On December 16, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation of Lebanon and Syria hosted the Liberal Alphabet Series, E: EnterTraining Liberals with a presentation on the use of my book for economics training, now published in 50+ languages worldwide, including Arabic, French, and English for use in Lebanon.   My wife, Li, gave presentations about China and I gave presentations about migration and prosperity at roundtable events for young leaders of the Democratic Renewal Political Party (December 19), the Lebanese Political Forces Political Party (December 20), AZM University (December 21), and the Future Movement Political Party (December 21).        

LI plans for 2018

December, 2017 Dear Friends of LI, Thanks to the support by many of you, during 2017 Liberty International continued to spread the ideas of individual liberty and help the growth of a world liberty movement that is working for peace, freedom and prosperity. We held an excellent World Conference in Puerto Rico. We held a special Health Care conference in Austin, Texas. Liberty Camps were held in several countries. The 8th annual China Austrian Economics Summer School was held in Shenyang. Yet more book translations were completed. The revival of the LI educational outreach papers, and loading of a new YouTube video channel are underway. We plan to do even more this coming year – starring our Krakow 2018 World Conference!   Building Networks – Puerto Rico World Conference Liberty International held its 33rd World Conference August 8-12 at the Fajardo Inn, about 30 miles east of San Juan.  Nearly 80 participants came from 4 continents, including from as far away as Kazakhstan and Mongolia! Kudos to LI director Lobo Tiggre, who helped find the nice Fajardo Inn venue at a bargain price.  The staff was friendly and helpful, as we found among Puerto Ricans in general.  Our hearts go out to the people of Puerto Rico, who are only slowly recovering from the two devastating hurricanes just weeks after our conference. LI president Ken Schoolland assembled a large and talented international lineup of 34 speakers, who presented on a wide range of topics. Countries represented were Venezuela, Sweden, Peru, Poland, Guatemala, Netherlands, Brazil, Mongolia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Romania, Japan, Kazakhstan, and the USA – including 8 Puerto Rican speakers.  Nancy & Geoffrey Nealehelped with hotel liaison and post-conference excursions. We also want to give special thanks to Tere Nolla, director of the CentroCRECE think-tank in San Juan.  In addition to helping recruit local attendees, she arranged …

New book by Khalil Ahmad – Reconstructing the Social Contract: Principles for the Organization of Human Society

Reconstructing the Social Contract: Principles for the Organization of Human Society By Khalil Ahmad Society is quite a larger sphere wherein role of the state is limited; however, in Pakistan the state has taken over its society. That has distorted our society in innumerable ways. Since the theory of state is based on a theory of society, the author of the book, Imrani Muhaiday Ki Tashkeel- e-Nau (Reconstructing the Social Contract: Principles for the Organization of Human Society) set out to have a review of the theories of society and the theories of social contract, and eventually, after attempting a critique of them, came to formulate a new theory of social contract basing it on the original “social compact” which brings people together to live. And it is this social contract between the people that as a direct result of their living together brings a market into existence through which they fulfill their various and ever newer needs. And as life got complicated and busier, the need for the “commodity” of protection of life and property arose, some of the people took up the fulfillment of this need as a business, and thus there were various solutions available in the market, from hired guards to private armies to the state. But, with the advent of the institution of the state, the author emphasizes, the nature of the market does not change; the institution of the market essentially remains intact. What happens thus is only the addition of a player, the state, to the market, the basic function of which is still to provide protection of life and property, and individual rights and freedoms to all the players present in the market. This calls for a different role for the political parties: they as the players in the market of political ideas are sort of business-like entities proposing/selling …

Bolivia: A liberty hell

By José Manuel Ormachea For the last few years, most of the regional analysis as to the status of civil, political and economic liberties has focused on the Venezuelan crisis. Nonetheless, there is another country where a crisis is taking place and basic freedoms are at stake. That country is Bolivia. Bolivia has always been poor regarding protection of individual rights and liberties, but since President Evo Morales took office back in 2006, most threats to civil rights not only stayed untouched, but actually multiplied at a scale not seen since the days of the military dictatorships. A study named “Doing Business 2016” made by the World Bank places Bolivia between the 32 worst countries in the world to have a business. This particular phenomenon has to do mostly with the legal uncertainties the country presents for local and international investors. It is normal to identify Bolivia as an “unfriendly” environment for businesses, and to see neighbors like Brazil, Chile and Peru as potential partners. This tends to happen in economic sectors that Bolivia has in common with other South American countries; like the wool industry, nuts, quinoa, soy, and, most recently, the lithium industry. The general perception of uncertainty is due to a risk of social unrest the country continuously shows, as a vicious cycle not even the Morales´ administration (the longest and most “stable” the landlocked country has ever had) could change in the last decade. According to CERES foundation, for the last four decades the Andean nation suffered at least 1 roadblock, strike or protest every day of every week and more than 50 social conflicts per month. This non-stop social unrest, which naturally led to the existence of a very small, weak, private and formal sector, is the most important reason why 70% of the Bolivian economy …

Mu Aye Pu – City of tomorrow

This will be the founding of a city of tomorrow in the jungle, and there will be nothing quite like it in the world. We are turning a former war zone into an amazing oasis of peace and prosperity that will be home to 100,000 or more people.