October Update from LI Board Members

Dr. Kyle Varner Last month I joined Language of Liberty Institute as a faculty member at a Liberty Camp in the Amalfi Coast of Italy.  I gave talks to the students about the specific ways that socialism destroyed the economy of Venezuela, the nature of profits under capitalism, and the need for a free market in human organs.This month I have been in Colombia doing humanitarian work and promoting liberty.  I started in Cucuta providing volunteer medical care to the Venezuelan refugee population.  Currently, I’m on a five city speaking tour with a total of 8 planned events where I am discussing libertarian ideas.  The program is a joint venture between Language of Liberty Institute, Liberty International, Movemiento Libertario Colombia and Students for Liberty.At the end of this speaking tour, I will head to New York City to attend the Atlas Network Event. James Lark I met with many libertarians during my visit to Sao Paulo, Brazil on Oct. 17-22.  Specifically, I met with Paulo Ghedini, a member of the Board of Directors of Students For Liberty Brasil on Oct. 17 to discuss ways to build more effective Libertarian student groups throughout the country. On Oct. 18, I met with Helio Beltrao, president of the Instituto Mises Brasil, along with several IMB staff members.  We discussed various ways to promote libertarian ideas among students and in the popular press.  On Oct. 19, I served as chef for a dinner party at the home of Leandro Narlock in Sao Paulo.  Mr. Narlock is a well-known journalist and writer in Brazil.  In particular, he is the author of a popular book titled Guia Politicamente Incorreto da História do Brasil  (“Politically Incorrect History of Brazil”), along with two sequels.  The party was attended by several libertarian scholars and think-tank members.  (The dinner was arranged …

Latin America: Curing the cancer with liberty

By Dr. Kyle Varner Latin America is a fascinating place with an amazing culture and a political landscape that is ten times more interesting than anything that happens in the United States or Europe. It is also a region with a profound ideological sickness that has caused multiple once-wealthy countries, such as Cuba and Venezuela, and to a lesser extent Argentina, to self-immolate. Today, Latin America is experiencing a crisis of enormous proportions, and thae extent of the crisis is underappreciated by most observers in the world. Most people know about the crisis in Venezuela–about the six million refugees, the rampant spread of diseases like tuberculosis, measles and malaria and the extrajudicial murders carried out by the criminal regime of Nicolas Maduro. What many observers don’t know is that while the Maduro regime has received widespread condemnation throughout Latin America, there remain a handful of vocal supporters as well as an enormous number of individuals who refuse to recognize that the collapse and devastation in Venezuela is the inevitable result of revolutionary socialism. Socialism, in short, remains popular as an idea ​despite​the fact that people all across Latin American see desperate, suffering Venezuelan refugees, in person, on a daily basis. Why is socialism such a popular idea in Latin America? A variety of historical factors conspire to create a near perfect storm. Spanish colonizers created a rigid class structure that was highly exploitative, and even after independence much of the rigid class structure remained, creating feelings of economic resentment among a large portion of the population. Latin America also experiences a culture phenomena called patrimonialism, whereby the population tends to look for political figures that resemble saviors (think of Simon Bolivar, Eva Peron, Che Guvara, and Hugo Chavez as examples of fervent personality cults that have driven Latin American politics …

The “Adventures of Jonathan Gullible” Book Translated & Published in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization is pleased to translate and publish “Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey” Book into Dari language for the first time in Afghanistan. On the event which was held by AELSO and 140+ participation of Afghan well-known scholars and writers, university students, civil society activists and politicians on the 2nd of November 2019 in Kabul, the book officially launched in Afghanistan. A number of Afghan well-known scholars talked about the ideas and contents of the “Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey” book and they all emphasized the importance of the book in the current situation of Afghanistan. “This book has a lot of important and valuable lessons for all Afghan’s nation and we are completely sure that translation and publication of this book on the current situation of Afghanistan can bring a lot of positive changes on bringing of peace, prosperity, and liberty in the country,” Said Khalid Ramizy, Executive Director of AELSO and Translator of the book. “I really appreciate the translation and publication of this useful book in Afghanistan; indeed, this book has thousands of important lessons for all of us and if we understand all of these lessons we can make the world a great place to live and work freely with our all individual liberty,” Said Prof. Ahmad Zia Rafhat, Lecturer at Kabul University and a well-known Afghan Writer. The book also introduced by his author Mr. Ken Schoolland via a video message to the audience and Mr. Khalid Ramizy the Dari translator of the book also introduced all the parts and ideas of the book to the audience and what can be changed through this book in Afghanistan. You can learn more about the “Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey” book in here. If you want …

PAFERE launching two important books

We are really happy to inform you that our Polish colleagues from PAFERE [Polish-American Foundation for Economics Research and Education] are about to publish two new books on liberty. We had a quick look at them before the premiere, and all we can do is to recommend them to any Polish reader. First book was edited by Jan Kuban, Miroslaw Matyja and Janusz Sanocki and focuses on a relation between citizen and a state in a Polish democratic system. Authors not only try to explain the intricacies of the Polish political system, but most importantly draw conclusions based on freedom-friendly message. One of the most important, and interesting, parts of the book relates to the responsibilities of various people that have a power of changes in the political system. This not only relates to politicians-voters dichotomy, but also to people usually omitted from the discussion yet having only a slightly lesser impact on society, like teachers, priests, intellectuals, and lawyers. The other book published by PAFERE is Tomasz Ulatowski’s ‘Wickedness’. This is a brilliant piece that explains the inflation game. Polish author focuses on a transparent review of the history of the idea and its implementation in practice. What’s interesting isn’t pure case study but the way that Ulatowski explains common misconceptions related to inflation.  We can only recommend Polish readers to follow PAFERE site to find out when books will be available. We have been told all books on their site( http://pafere.org ) are for free!

Liberty Camp Nepal 2019 -Background of the program

Bikalpa – an Alternative in collaboration with Language for Liberty Institute (LLI) and with the support from Atlas Networks, Samriddhi Foundation hosted a Five day residential “Liberty Camp” training at Dhulikhel Village Resort, from 21th to 26th September 2019. Liberty Camp is organized every year in different parts of the world, attracting people interested in spreading or exploring the idea of liberty. The objective of the event was to educate the youth about History and origin of liberty, Philosophy of Liberty, Freedom of Trade and Doing Business, Freedom, Entrepreneurship and Responsibility, The program was also aimed to understand a holistic picture on cross-sectoral topics. Overview of the Workshop During this Liberty Camp training in Dhulikhel, 23 aspiring participants from different part of Nepal, working on the different organizations and diverse issues joined the workshop. Among distinguished speakers were Mr. Andy Eyschen (co-founder and director of the Language of Liberty Institute), Mr. Glenn, (Founder of Language of Liberty Institute), Mr. Barun Mitra (Founder and director of the Liberty Institute) were the resource person and panelists in the event. Also, Mr. Deependra Chalulagian (Director of Operations at Samriddhi Foundation) and Mr. Govinda Sharma Ghaire (Tax Payers Association Nepal) were invited as a Local resource person for training. It was a pleasure hearing from all of them. The program officially kicked off on September 21 with a welcome reception at Dhulikhel village Resort by Basanta Adhikari (Founder and Director of Bikalpa an Alternative). After welcoming the participants, Mr. Basanta Adhikari shared the objectives, overview and importance of the training, detailing the idea behind the process of how it started, key issues behind it, why it was important and how it was all made possible to bring this training to Kathmandu, outside Biratnagar. Following this, the remainder of the workshop was facilitated by Bikalpa’s …

Newsletter Report for Li and Ken Schoolland

By Ken Schoolland In June, (1) Liberty International held the 35th World Conference with the Silk Road Foundation of Mongolia for 200 participants and 28 speakers. Li spoke about the Cultural Revolution in China and I spoke on “How nations embrace entrepreneurship.” (2) Oyunaa Oyut, Amartuvshin Dorj, & Mises MN held a book signing event in Ulaan Baatar for release of the 3rd illustrated, youth edition in Mongolia of The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible, my free market book now published in 84 editions worldwide. (3) The Silk Road Foundation followed this event with numerous presentations by Li Schoolland, Matthew Bowler, and myself at their week long countryside retreat for 30 students at the Free Market Academy in Tov, Mongolia. (4) Li also attended the ACTON University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and translated into Chinese the Free to Choose film by Johann Norberg: “Sweden: Lessons for America.” In July, Li Schoolland organized (5) the 10th annual Summer Camp of International Economics and Management Scholars for 200 students and 11 free market scholars at Northeastern University in Shenyang, China. Accompanying Li and me, the scholars were Dan Mitchell, Cris Lingle, Doug Bandow, Per Bylund, Victor Claar (the preceding 5 are also MPS members), Patrick Mardini, Matt Dale, Zhu Haijiu, Barun Mitra, and Kishore Jayabalan. This was the first of 8 stops in (6) the Austrian Economics Road Show in China that included seminars for hundreds more participants in Beijing (with the IAPP-Cathay Institute for Pacific Affairs), Chengdu, Dali, Lijiang, Guilin, Yongzhou, and Shanghai. In August (7) Li gave a presentation about her life in China at the Africa Liberty Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, hosted by the ATLAS Network. In September (8) Li presented “Why the people of Hong Kong are protesting for freedom,” at the 10th Annual Economic Freedom Forum of the …

Report of Liberty Camp in Italy 2019

By Luka Sutiashvili Villagio Nettuno Resort of beautiful Italy was chosen as a location of Liberty Camp Italy 2019 – the oldest, continuously operating seminars of liberty-oriented individuals from all around the world. Youth from different continents came to meet up and develop their networking with Libertarian entrepreneurs, make new friends, explore the stunning places of Italy and improve their knowledge about the ideas of liberty by inspiring lectures. Main objective of the Liberty Camp was to raise the awareness of participants about the libertarian issues such as freedom of trade and doing business, personal liberty, minimum government, entrepreneurship, the idea of freedom with responsibilities, etc. Distinguished, successful and qualified speakers delivered their speeches so efficiently that participants had a chance to share their experiences and listen to others and as a result they analyzed various topics from different perspectives. The first evening of the camp was full of joy and ice-breakers between participants and lecturers with the kind invitation to the dinner. Jacek Spendel introduced us the schedule of the camp and gave us useful advices. Though from the second day we started amazing lectures, it should be mentioned that the #LCI2019 was not only about lectures, but it was also very well arranged with debates, panels, movie sessions and public speaking exercises and we had an opportunity to improve ourselves not only in the theoretical, but practical way as well. Special thanks to Michael Severance, Kyle Varner, Glenn Cripe and Andy Eyschen for this kind of experience. Huge thanks to all speakers for their attitude that they really made us -new generation – feel like we are an important part of the future! Speaking of schedule of the camp which was written so properly with different activities, organizers organized the camp in the one of the most adorable parts …

Mary Ruwart’s 70th Birthday!

By Mary Ruwart Click here to donate! My 70th birthday is October 16th. As I look back on my life, I feel so blessed to have had your support all of these years. This year, for my birthday, I’d like to ask you for a special gift and give you one of my own… Liberty International, formerly the International Society for Individual Liberty, is at a critical juncture. We’ve just hired a new President, Jacek Spendel from Poland. This has increased LI’s ability to do more of our great work for liberty, but we also have the extra expense of a full-time President. If you will donate $35 to LI as my birthday gift, I will send you a digital copy (Kindle, ePub, or PDF) of one of my books. If you donate $70, I’ll send you 2 books. And if you donate $100 or more, I’ll give you all 3! LI deserves your most generous support! Click here to donate! REWARDS: • Donate $35 or more: 1 free e-book• Donate $70 or more: 2 free e-books• Donate $100 or more: 3 free e-books E-BOOK OPTIONS: • Healing Our World: The Compassion of Libertarianism (2015 edition)• Short Answers to the Tough Questions: Expanded Edition (2012 edition)• Death by Regulation: How We Were Robbed of a Golden Age of Health and How We Can Reclaim It (NEW BOOK! – 2018) You choose the book(s) you want as well as the medium — PDF, Kindle, and ePub versions available! After you donate, I will contact you to arrange delivery of the rewards. I am so grateful to have you in my life and look forward to working with you to inspire liberty throughout the world! Click here to donate!

Being a nomad, or how freedom tastes

By Daniel Nogal* Saigon. Six in the morning. I get off the night train. I came from Phan Rang, where I admired the Hindu temple of Chams. Everything I travel with fits in my backpack, so I run away from pushy taxi drivers. I’m going for a walk towards the city center. It was dawn recently, but Saigon had already woken up. Miniature booths with cauldrons of phở appear on the sidewalks. Phở is an icon of Vietnamese cuisine: chicken soup with chili and fish sauce, with meat and vegetables. I sit on one of three plastic chairs put up by a smiling Vietnamese woman. Breakfast time. Hundreds of scooters around me, not a lot of cars and almost no pedestrians. It is so loud, so chaotic. If the road regulations were inferred from roadside practice, the Vietnamese code should be summarized in one sentence: priority is given to those who are less afraid of death. Finished my phở so I go on. I pass several cafes. Some are still closed, in others I don’t see a comfortable place to sit with a laptop. Yes, I’m picky. But there is something for me! Next to a large roundabout in the heart of the city, I find an elegant, two-story cafeteria. The staff speaks perfect English, a nice change after Phan Rang, where no one knew foreign languages. Well, Saigon is the most westernized of Vietnamese cities. With a large latte, I go to the first floor and I sit by the window with a view of the city. Eight o’clock. It’s work time. “On the go” does not mean “on vacation” for me. I take a sip of Vietnamese coffee. It tastes like freedom. I don’t like sitting in a stationary train. Nor a bus. Nor a plane. But when …

Unleash your entrepreneurial spirit! Report from the CYCLE Freedom Entrepreneurship Camp 2019

by Anastasiia Mykolenko This year’s the entrepreneurs’ gathering took place on August 25-29, in a quiet and forested area near Rudiskas, Lithuania. Participants of the CYCLE Freedom Entrepreneurial Camp came all over the world to share their entrepreneurial spirit. The goal of the Camp is ‘to help young people take the next steps in their life journey, explaining the entrepreneurial perspective and giving them practical know-how they won’t find anywhere else’. For that purpose, a dozen entrepreneurs gave speeches about their challenges in business, provided some valuable tips and insights, and conducted small-group brainstorming sessions. This year’s CYCLE welcomed participants from the US, Australia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Poland, The Netherlands, Kurdistan, Germany. They were hosted in a cozy wooden cabins at the calm and remote Lithuanian hotel ‘Aerodream’. All the sessions were held here during the day and the bonfire parties were organized at night. Vadim Fiddle, as the main organizer of the event, led the first brainstorming sessions on the essential concepts of entrepreneurship, such as ‘partnership’, ‘the business goals’, ‘success’, etc. After these productive round-tables, the participants were introduced to Alex Gibb, a portfolio entrepreneur with investments in E-commerce, Fintech, chatbots, machine learning, Edtech and beyond, who shared his global startup experience. Every day participants met successful entrepreneurs, who spoke about their business path and opened up about their failures and fears. That was particularly valuable for all attendees, as such an approach showed true difficulties and revealed ways to succeed when being your own boss. The inspirational speeches were given by Mitch Thrower, a financier and Founder and Chairman of Events.com; Yagub Rahimov, CEO and the Founding Partner at 7Marketz Group –  the leading global blockchain and Fintech media holding; Lobo Tiggre, a writer, entrepreneur, and investor; Jurgen Van Pletsen, a long-time entrepreneur from Australia with …