Seeking Sponsors for Liberty International World Conference Speakers

With some funding support, LI has an opportunity to bring additional excellent speakers to the conference in Mongolia. As LI operates on a very frugal budget we normally ask speakers to fund their own expenses with support from their institutions or universities. In some cases this is not possible. So we are reaching out to potential sponsors to assist these important people to our event. Their biographical information follows. Please review the extraordinary activity of these speakers and contact Ken Schoolland <[email protected]> or Jim Elwood <[email protected]> if you are willing to help them come, or donate directly here: Dr. Khalil Ahmad—Founder of Alternate Solutions Institute, Pakistan Khalil Ahmad, Dr. is a political economist and a political philosopher. He cherishes a cosmopolitan spirit and considers himself a moralist and a rationalist. He founded the first free market think tank in Pakistan, Alternate Solutions Institute. He wrote/published hundreds of articles on the various aspects of political economy of Pakistan, and on a variety of issues. He is author of a number of books that focus on the state, economy and politics of Pakistan.             Dr. Ahmad published six editions of Ken Schoolland’s book, The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey, including 3 editions in Urdu, 2 editions in Sindhi, and an edition in Balochi. For his extraordinary work at the forefront of the liberty movement in a very challenging region of the world, Dr. Ahmad was given the Torch of Freedom Award by Liberty International at the Bali conference. Park, Jung Oh—North Korean Defector Mr. Park was born in 1968 in Hyesan, Yanggang Province, North Korea.  After graduating from The Communication College, Park worked at the Radio Wave Surveillance Station from 1993 to 1998 as a supervisor. He continued his education at Yanggang University, where he graduated with a degree …

Apply now for Freedom Week!

We’re excited to announce that students can now apply for Freedom Week: an annual, one-week seminar in August on classical liberal and free market thinking, held by the Adam Smith Institute and the Institute of Economic Affairs, in the University of Cambridge. Freedom Week is completely free–with food, accommodation, tuition and materials all covered–and is aimed at students who are interested, but relatively new to, classical liberal ideas.  Freedom Week-ers spend the week immersed in talks from some of Britain’s leading liberal thinkers. But Freedom Week isn’t only about hearing from best of classical liberal academia, it’s also about spending time with dozens of like-minded people who share an interest in economics, political science, history and more. Find out more and apply! https://www.freedom-week.org/apply

About Bibek Aryal and ECA Nepal

Bibek Aryal, MBA graduate from Nepal is an aspiring entrepreneur. He is always exploring and chasing opportunities to expand and deepen his knowledge and skills. His journey to Libertarian philosophy started in 2015 when he joined South Asia Students For Liberty as a first batch of Local Coordinator in South Asia. He served as Local Coordinator for a year and Senior Local Coordinator then after. Mr. Aryal has good network of young minds who could be a change makers in their field and society. Hence, his engagement were primarily focused on youth and their role as well as involvement for positive changes in the society and the nation. Bibek has attended Liberty International World Conference 2018 in Krakow, Poland. In his own words, his participation in the conference stimulates his activity to train and educate young minds in the field of entrepreneurship, economic prosperity and free trade. For this he has recently incorporated an organization called “ECA Nepal” with his friend Mr. Sagar Khanal who also aspires same. He mentioned that the sessions he attended in the conference and people he met in the conference make him to realize the need and possible positive outcome in the society by training, educating and facilitating young minds in the field of entrepreneurship and economic prosperity along with their personal development/growth. Additionally, he has also expanded his knowledge and understanding via reading article published by Liberty International in these field. ECA Nepal will organize and conduct skill and value based seminars, conference and workshops to help professionals and young minds to take the next step in their journey, enlightening them with practical know-how and best practices in the world. He is equipped with event management, coordination, communication and leadership skills from dozens of events he organizes and attended as an active youth and …

Leading Liberty Scholars and Activists Seek Sponsorship for The Liberty International World Conference in Mongolia, June 6-9, 2019

Liberty International has developed networks with students all over the world, many of whom have become leaders in the student liberty movement. Some have expressed great interest in joining our World Conference in Mongolia this year and have inquired if there might be sponsors who could assist with the expense of participation. Please review the extraordinary activity of these candidates and contact Ken Schoolland <[email protected]> or Jim Elwood <[email protected]> if you are willing to help them come, or donate directly here: Biographical information follows below. Ayemen Fatima—India Ayemen is Chairwoman of the South Asia Students For Liberty Executive Board. She has led the growth of South Asia this past year, more than doubling the number of Coordinators. As Regional Director for Developing Regions last year, she started SFL in Pakistan from scratch, securing 80 program applications in the first year and over 300 this past year. In Afghanistan, she trained and coached leaders to run events, including SFL’s first event in Kabul, which was delayed by one hour due to a suicide bombing just up the street. Ayemen also worked to motivate and create accountability for leaders in South Asia by implementing shared monthly update sheets that make work transparent among the leadership team. In her first year with SFL, Ayemen hosted a Virtual Reading Group with the highest number of registrants to date and participants from 5 countries discussing Ken Schoolland’s book The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible, and participated in a protest of the World Health Organization’s Framework on Tobacco Control Conference in Delhi. She also recently joined Ladies of Liberty Alliance as the International Outreach Coordinator and has already helped them expand to 7 countries in just 3 months. Ayemen’s biggest accomplishment so far has been winning the Students For Liberty “Student of the Year” award at LibertyCon …

Cycle Freedom Entrepreneurial Camp, August 25–29, Vilnius area, Lithuania

By Vadim Fiddle and Lobo Tiggre 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 Jobs and Elon Musk, as two examples of what’s possible. And entrepreneurship offers a critical key to health, not just wealth: the ability to choose who you work with. Ultimately, entrepreneurship is a path — arguably the best path — for achieving purpose and personal freedom in life. On August 25–29, we will be conducting Cycle Freedom Entrepreneurial camp in Lithuania. OUR VISION: We see the entrepreneurial …

Open Letter to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

By Lobo Tiggre Dear Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Your official House web page requires me to enter a zip code in your district to send you an email. I understand that you work for your constituents, but you’re going to vote on laws that affect everyone in the United States, and you’ve become a national figure. So, while I live in Puerto Rico and not New York, I’m writing you this open letter, hoping it reaches you. First, I want to say that while I disagree with every policy idea I’ve heard you advance, I don’t hate you. I’m not here to call you names, nor gain brownie points from “my side” by attacking the object of their fear, anger, and derision. Actually, I have no side. I’m not a member of any political party. Or perhaps we’re on the same side; you clearly seem to care more about people than parties. So do I. That’s why I’m writing. I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt, taking you at face value. You seem intelligent, well informed, and sincere. Your willingness to attack entrenched injustice regardless of the consequences for your career is admirable. And if you are what you appear to be, then you should be willing to engage in respectful dialog with those who disagree with the means you propose to achieve ends we may well agree upon. I suspect we’d both like to see a future in which people flourish in a world no longer scarred by bigotry and institutionalized violence, motivated more by positive dreams of the future than nightmare fears of the past. If so, I’d like to talk with you. I’d like to exchange ideas and—if either of us is as intellectually honest as we’d like to believe—find where either you or I might be wrong …

Cleaning Up “Marxist Trash” is the Best Way for Bolsonaro to Build a Better Brazil

By Tho Bishop The long-running joke about Brazil is that it is the country of the future, and always will be. If Jair Bolsonaro is able to follow through on the tone he has set at the start of his presidency, however, it may not be long until the future becomes the present. Officially sworn into office at the start of the year, the Bolsonaro administration has already captured international attention. Having been portrayed for years by Western media as a sinister threat to Brazilian democracy, in spite of being a successful populist candidate embraced by a diverse electorate, the same outlets have been quick to depict the new government as a hostile threat to minority rights. The real story, however, is Bolsonaro’s apparent commitment to the sort of ideological revolution that is desperately needed for his country to thrive. While history shows we should never trust a politician to deliver on lofty promises of liberty and freedom, the initial days of his presidency have moves deserving of praise. To start, his inaugural address, Bolsonaro vowed to follow through on his campaign message of dramatically changing a government plagued by corruption and economic crisis: “I stand humbled by the honor to address you all as President of Brazil, and stand before the whole nation on this day as the day when the people began to liberate themselves from socialism, from the inversion of values, from state gigantism and from political correctness. … Our flag will never be red. It will only be red if we need to bleed over it to keep it green and yellow.” He followed this up with a tweet vowing “to tackle the Marxist garbage in our schools head on.” What’s encouraging here is that Bolsonaro is identifying that the true enemy of his administration is not simply a political …

In Final Plea, Economists Implore South Africa to Abandon Expropriation Plan

By Martin van Staden It is now well-known that South Africa’s parliament intends to amend the Constitution to allow the government to expropriate (forcibly seize) private property without being required to pay compensation. On November 15, 2018, the parliamentary Constitutional Review Committee finally officialized this intention by formally recommending that the Constitution be changed. Less than a week later, on November 20 and 21, my employer, the Free Market Foundation (FMF), hosted a conference in Johannesburg that brought together 23 participants from around the world. Where governments have been allowed to seize property arbitrarily, economies have been left in ruins. The goal of the “Conference on Security of Property Rights” was to allow experts from Africa, Venezuela, India, and the United States to share with South Africa the invariably detrimental experiences that other countries have had with similar policies of expropriation without compensation. Of the 22 speakers, two were from Venezuela (via video), one from India, one from the US, five from Africa— representing Nigeria, Kenya, Burundi, and Ghana—and 14 from South Africa. All the speakers had the same story to tell: where governments have been allowed to seize property arbitrarily and without the necessary checks and balances (like being required to pay compensation), economies have been left in ruins. FMF director Temba Nolutshungu neatly summarized the conference in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGvaBiRv1Eo Below are all the other presentations: Leon Louw (Free Market Foundation, South Africa) Leon Louw, the Executive Director of the Free Market Foundation, criticized the basis of the expropriation narrative in South Africa, which came in the form of several “land audits” conducted by the government and by civil society organizations. These audits paint a picture of a small number of wealthy white landowners hogging up the vast majority of South Africa’s land. Louw questions the very premise upon …

Beyond Austrian Economics

By Dean Peng I am an Austrian school economist. The reason is purely logical: Austrian economics is the only logically consistent economics. However, I will not continue contrasting Austrian economics with other “schools” and argue why Austrian is correct others are wrong. This has been done already, probably too much.  First thing first, I want to argue that the term “school” is misused.  There are schools in science and mathematics. Each school is good at some subjects. Warsaw school, headed by Alfred Tarski, was the best in mathematical logic. There was a Chinese school of mathematics, which was leading the studies of value distribution. Obviously, “school” is misuesed in economics. There are no schools but only doctrines. Different schools should learn from each other, while different doctrines only fight each other. The doctrine proposed by John M. Keynes is called Keynesianism, which has been falsified. Karl Marx proposed a theory of economics, which is a part of Marxism. Marx himself was aware that it was wrong. He couldn’t finish his Das Kapital. However, some people continue claiming that it is the ultimate truth, immune from criticism. Austrian economics was founded by Carl Menger and was developed by others. It is the only economic theory that is self-consistent. I am going to outline this theory, while leaving the origination and development of other doctrines to the subject of the history of economics. Strange enough and sad enough, students of other disciplines spend little time studying the history of their science (students of physics study theories of physics instead of history of physics), while students of economics are dumped in various different doctrines. Now, I will briefly outline this valid theory of economics (so-called Austrian school). 1.       The object that economics studies is not natural phenomena. By studying the unintended yet necessary consequences of …

Electricity, Monopoly and California’s Fiery Apocalypse

By Marc Beauchamp As I write this, California is burning down, from rural Paradise in the north of the state to Malibu Canyon in the south. President Trump blames environmentalists and government red tape for overgrown forests. Environmentalists blame climate change and clamor for government to do something about fossil fuels. From my perch in Redding, in far northern California, I see another way in which government contributed to these apocalyptic fires. No fire ever started because of government red tape or global warming, whether caused by man or nature. Fires start from sparks. The Camp Fire, now the deadliest and greatest destroyer of property in California’s modern history, started, it’s suspected, from sparks from transmission lines owned by Pacific Gas & Electric Company. PG&E equipment is also thought to have triggered the deadly fires in Santa Rosa and the California wine country in October of last year. California is a dry state and getting drier. It is crisscrossed by thousands of miles of electric power transmission lines. In windy conditions—or if these lines and related equipment are not properly maintained—they pose a serious risk of fire. This Thomas Edison-era electric power generation and distribution model is laughably outmoded. Can you think of any other industry that has changed so little in 130 years? Imagine that instead of Spotify we were still playing gramophone records. Why aren’t we all generating our own power, at our homes and businesses, using fuel cells or some other technology? Why do we have these transmission lines going everywhere, vulnerable to fires and terrorism? It’s nuts. The reason Edison and his power lines live on is that the electric utilities, with a government-sanctioned monopoly status, have kept out competition. Many environmentalists don’t get it. They want to replace coal, hydro, gas, geothermal and nuclear generating …