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 …

Liberty International’s Liberty Camp Scholarship Video/Essay Contest

We are excited to announce the Liberty Camp Scholarship Video/Essay Contest which aim is to promote ideas of liberty and identify great people to take part in Liberty Camp in Amalfi Coast (www.libertycamp.eu), southern Italy which will take place between September 30th – October 7th, 2019. This contest is possible thanks to generosity of two Liberty International’s Donors: Dr. Kyle Varner & David Hutzelman.  Who can participate in the contest:Everyone who holds passport of country that does not need visa to visit Italy (list of such countries: https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/servizi/stranieri/ingressosoggiornoinitalia/visto_ingresso/paesi_esenti_visto.html). We can’t process visas anymore due to very limited time before Liberty Camp begins.  What is the contest all about? The topic of the contest is “What impact does liberty have on my life?” and we kindly ask you to submit either 40-80 seconds long videos (speech + recording of yourself talking OR speech + animation) in one of the popular formats (AVI, FLV, MOV, MP4, WMV – just make sure it’s less than 1 GB) or to write an essay for 600-1000 words in PDF format. How to submit your work? If you choose to make a video, go to wetransfer.com and send your video to [email protected] – it’s Liberty International’s President (Jacek Spendel) e-mail address. If you write an essay, please just send it directly to [email protected] What’s important, in both cases (video and essay) you need to add following sentence to the body of e-mail: “I agree that International Society for Individual Liberty dba Liberty International might use the video/essay I produced for the promotional purposes.” How your videos/essays will be used? We plan to use some best essays or videos to promote individual liberty under our brand, Liberty International.  What’s the deadline? Deadline to submit your work is Friday, September 13th, 23:59 (CEST) How (and when) will choose the winners? Jury that is formed by four people – Dr. Kyle Varner, David Hutzelman, Glenn …

LI Podcast #2 Libertarians vs. Putin. Where is Russia heading today? With Yuri Terekhov

Liberty International is a podcast hosted by LI’s President Jacek Spendel. The idea behind the podcast is to introduce passionate freedom fighters form faraway countries to international audience. Guest of 2nd episode is Yuri Terekhov, liberty-driven oppositionist from Russia, expert on history and foreign relations. Yuri faced consequences of his activities – his website was blocked by Russian authorities and he was recently arrested for protesting against censorship. Among other activities he is active in Free Russia Forum that meets regularly in Vilnius, Lithuania. Yuri is Alumnus of Project Arizona 2019 – leadership project of Liberty International, designed for young liberty activists. Project Arizona is organized every year in Phoenix and its website is http://www.projectarizona.us h

Join us at the Liberty Camp in Italy!

Are you a libertarian/classical liberal/anarchocapitalist/advocate of free-market? Are you interested in freedom for some time already, but miss interaction with other like-minded people? Do you prefer casual, informal meetings to dull conferences? Would you like to spend holidays in sunny Italy, but don’t want to ruin your wallet doing it? If so, then Liberty Camp 2019 is for you! Spend your vacation with freedom for just 200 Euro – join us at Liberty Camp 2019! Liberty Camp is a true free-market tournee around the globe, which year by year attracts libertarians from LITERALLY all around the world – from USA to Middle East to Japan and beyond! On the camp, you will attend liberty-related workshops, lectures and debates, and also, spend a lot of time enjoying stunning landscapes (don’t take your suit – unless it’s a bathing suit 😉 ). This year, Liberty Camp takes place in Italy, in a picturesque village quite close to Pompeii – enter the link (www.libertycamp.eu) and see how wonderful the resort looks!  How much does it cost? Not much, for a week-long stay in Italy – the price on the website already includes accommodation and breakfasts! If you’re still hesitating, you can apply to the camp with a special LI discount – just type ‘LI200’ in the ‘discount code’ bracket in the application form, and the final price for the whole package will be only 200 EUR! So, see you in Italy? And by the way, our resort looks beautiful, but it has a limited number of beds 😉 so don’t wait until all are booked – apply right now! www.libertycamp.eu.   

How liberals lost Gandhi?

By Barun S. Mitra Was Gandhi a liberal? For the past couple of years, I have been making the case that among the major political leaders in the world, Gandhi was perhaps the last classical liberal or the first libertarian[1]. Here, I use the word liberal in one of its earlier meanings to depict the political ideal that calls for greater civil, political and economic freedoms for the individual, and less government control or minimum government. In the process of this exploration of the man, his methods and his mission, Gandhi made me review the state of liberalism in the world today. More pertinently, he made me ask what many of us who claim to be liberals today may need to realize before they could count someone like Gandhi as their own. This essay is a journey to find some answers to these questions. My interest in Gandhi was reignited more than five years ago, not so much because of his political philosophy, but because of his capacity to reach out, organize and mobilize millions of people. In the context of the shrinking political space for liberals across the world over the past few decades, Gandhi, the greatest mobilizer of people holds a natural appeal. Before Gandhi arrived on the Indian political scene in the later half of the second decade in the 20th century, the Indian National Congress was primarily an association of enlightened citizens petitioning the colonial British government for various political and economic reforms. Gandhi transformed Congress into a mass movement of a kind the world had not seen before—or since. He engaged with capitalists and peasants, industrialists and workers, the rich and the poor, the socially privileged and the discriminated, the elite and those at the margins of society, and helped build a national movement that …

The Fight for Freedom Anywhere is the Fight for Freedom Everywhere: The visit of Dr. Kyle Varner to Libertarian Movement Colombia

By María Alejandra Londoño The Libertarian Movement of Colombia held a successful encounter with local members during last Friday 12th of July with Liberty International Board Member Kyle Varner as the main guest. The event took place in a local pub in Bogota and the topic of the discussion was the future of liberty in Venezuela. The event brought together libertarians from different sectors such as university professors, entrepreneurs, students and members of Think Tanks; all of them, eager to learn how to contribute with the cause and hear Dr. Varner’s experiences and advice while enjoying a locally produced beer. The Venezuelan situation is extremely relevant for Colombia, many of the justice and security issues related to the peace process are closely tied to freedom in Venezuela. That is why at the event many members of the Libertarian Movement of Venezuela attended to also discuss what both Colombians and Venezuelans could do to keep the fight for freedom alive. Kyle is a fervent defender of liberty all around the world, and given his role as a volunteer near the border, the fight for freedom in Venezuela is very close to his heart. Back in 2010 when he was doing his residence in Puerto Rico, he learned Spanish, trough YouTube videos of Hugo Chavez he practiced his listening but, he realized then, that the ideas of Hugo Chavez were absolutely evil and despicable as well as his ideology Chavism. Since then, Kyle’s fight for freedom has only gotten stronger and because he also speaks Spanish his support to those who believe in liberty has surpass the boarders of his native country. Chavism is now the cancer of Venezuela, the regime that has perpetuated violence and thousands of stories of suffering from millions of Venezuelans, that nowadays have to leave their country …

Join Project Arizona 2020!

Project Arizona is an elite program established in 2017 that consist in a semester-long program for young, outstanding leaders of the global freedom change. Now, it is organized by Liberty International! How it works? In Phoenix, these international talents conduct meaningful internships, academic seminar at ASU, and fruitful networking. They gain a thorough understanding of the ideas of liberty and how to implement them when they return to their communities. Project Arizona consists of 4 major pillars: 1. Internships With Project Arizona, you are guaranteed an internship with leading state policy group, attorney office, media outlet or museum. Our concern is to match your candidacy with your internship provider. Thus you can be assured that your internship will benefit your career and strengthen your position on the market. Internship providers represent broad spectrum of businesses but all of them provide high-quality and meaningful training. Internships are usually part-time and last three months. You can read more about our internship providers HERE 2. Education Education is a very important part of Project Arizona. We want students to better understand the history of the place (United States of America) and learn the mechanisms of free market economy that made it prosperous. There are two major elements of the educational plan that Project Arizona offers: – Weekly participation in three classes of American History and Political Philosophy offered by Arizona State University Center for Political Thought and Leadership (ASU CPTL)– Designed specifically for Project Arizona: 3-day long Seminar on Free Market Economics and practical implementation of the freedom philosophy. The Seminar is co-sponsored by ASU CPTL, Center for Study of Economic Liberty and the Language of Liberty Institute. 3. Networking During Project Arizona we will be participating in many events, meetings and conferences – all of them are a great opportunity for networking. In the past …

Austrian School Economic Road Show across China, organized by Li Schoolland

The three-week lecture circuit began with a week of presentations at the Summer Camp of International Economics and Management Scholars 2019 as the guests of Northeastern University in Shenyang, China. This 10thannual summer program was the brainchild of Li Schoolland in 2009 and has grown to accommodate 200 students from 8 countries.  The summer camp was followed by a two-week journey to Beijing, Chengdu, Dali, Lijiang, Guilin, Yongzhou, and Shanghai. Multiple destinations hosted gatherings ranging from 20 to 100 intellectuals and entrepreneurs. Presenting scholars: Per Bylund, USA/Sweden Barun Mitra, India Victor Claar, USA Doug Bandow, USA Dan Mitchell, USA Patrick Mardini, Lebanon Cris Lingle, USA/Guatemala Zhu Haijiu, China Matt Dale, USA Kishore Jayabalan, Italy Ken Schoolland, USA  Friends and supporters: Liberty International Mont Pelerin Society ACTON Institute Students for Liberty CATO Institute Topics presented: –Entrepreneurship and value –Entrepreneurship and regulations –Economic Growth: Exchange, Production, and Entrepreneurship –AI and the Structure of Production –Demographic transition: From surplus to scarcity –Free market environmentalism: Economics of environment –Property rights: From poverty to prosperity –Digital Dystopia: Lessons of the Matrix—Strengthening State & Squeezing Citizens –The problem of planning –The future of work –Who is the economy? –Automation and the future of work and welfare –The problem of planning –Morality of markets –How free trade and globalization benefit all countries –How politics undercuts markets –The eternal lessons of politics –The economics of government spending –Comparative economic analysis –The economics of taxation –The challenges of public works –The roots of modern day prosperity –Lifting people out of poverty –Cryptocurrencies: From Bitcoin to Libra  –How did China become rich –Human actions & markets: Peaceful cooperation & shared prosperity –China and Trump’s trade war: Causes & consequences –Austrian economics vs. Conservativism: Insights into free market economics –Blockchain technology & a “Real” Social Contract  –Economic interpretation of China’s reform …

World Of Freedom #2 : Awards for work for freedom

By Marek Tatała, Vice President, Civil Development Forum (Poland)Translation: Sylwia Szymańska It is important to appreciate outstanding liberty organizations and the people who participate in these important activities. One of the ways to show this appreciation is by means of the prizes awarded by, among others, Atlas Network and America’s Future Foundation, prizes that you can read about in the latest episode of the “World of Freedom” series. At this time, we are going to visit some places including India, Greece, Serbia and the African continent, places from which we will begin reviewing the most interesting actions of liberty organizations that we could hear and read about in May. The Center for African Prosperity, founded by The Atlas Network is good news for the people in African countries. It is a good a new initiative that aims to promote economic freedom, property rights, the rule of law and entrepreneurship. The organization was headed by a respected entrepreneur from Senegal, Magatte Wade. This liberty-oriented center’s purpose is launching processes in African countries that will allow for permanent poverty recovery and raising the life standard of living of the continent’s inhabitants. Moving to Europe, in Athens, the annual Europe Liberty Forum conference took place. It was a chance for both deepening knowledge and exchanging experiences, above all in the field of work of the liberty-oriented NGOs. During the Forum, we could hear some inspiring performances and learn about tools that are used by organizations from Europe and other parts of the world. I myself had the pleasure to participate in a discussion about the threats to liberalism in Europe. I described the attacks on the rule of law in Poland carried out by the ruling party and the means which we use to defend ourselves against these attacks. Moreover, the heads of …