#TaxationIsTheft in Mumbai

By Jaimine Bezboznik I got to know about libertarianism on facebook (aka fascistbook). Yes, that’s the power of social media. I was introduced to this ideology in 2010. I followed blogs on Mises inst. and Ron Paul’s speeches since then. I was a marxist, when I was learning about libertarianism through autodidactic mode. Fortunately, I kept my “mind open and mouth closed” while reading the literature. I also came across your work “The adventures of Jonathan Gullible” which won my heart. The philosophy of taxation actually garnered my attention. It was critical. I disagreed it initially because I wasn’t aware of any post-taxation literature. Regular discussions on facebook and twitter with libertarian folks like Barun Mitra and others helped me to conclude that “it is a theft”. As of now, it’s just me who is openly and vocally promoting #TaxationIsTheft in India. I did few podcasts too, specially with western libertarians. India is very far from reaching the outskirts of liberty, in my view. Vocationally, I am a faculty based in Mumbai. I teach my students to think like a libertarian because they are “socialists by default”. I have paid price for it, in my profession, because I never allowed my class to touch the books of Keynes. I haven’t lost hope yet. My objective in life is to not just see people living freely but also acting freely. I love to counter-indoctrinate people and emancipate them. I have been applying to work with libertarian org. so that I can do things in a better way. On facebook, my video reached 30,600 views, and, on youtube, it is at 4700 views. Didn’t expect this much, when the idea isn’t so popular as marxism. Check my social experiment on the same:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nlMRX0NCBE&t=4s Most of the views on video were critical and cynical because it’s a world ruled by …

Free Speech Under Siege

by Jarret B. Wollstein How the rise of censorship and violent political correctness threatens democracy, diversity, and your freedom  “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”   – Voltaire “The thought police are watching you. If you say the ‘wrong thing’ you could lose your job or you could rapidly end up in court. Michael Snyder, “20 Outrageous Examples That Show How Political Correctness is Taking Over America,” Thetruthwins.com   In the U.S. and throughout the world, free speech is under siege. At risk are our ability to speak truth to power, our freedom to create and pursue our vision of a good life, the right to report and reform abuses of power, and our freedom. The threat is global, but in this essay, I will focus on the growing assaults on free speech in the United States. Free Speech is Essential for Every Free & Prosperous Society No right is more fundamental and important then freedom of speech. Without freedom of speech you can’t communicate your ideas and feelings, decry a social injustice, pursue an artistic vision, challenge prevailing “wisdom,” contradict establishment media, investigate scientific truth, expose corruption, practice a religion, protest police brutality, oppose war, or criticize government. If freedom of speech is destroyed, self-development is crippled, social progress grinds to a halt, and official lies become the only “truth.” Free speech is essential for every free, progressive and prosperous society. Censorship: The Handmaiden of a Police State Censorship is the use of force or intimidation to control what you can say, read, or see. The greatest threat to free speech is government, which has a monopoly on legalized force and the power to shut down publishers, arrest dissenters, ban books, control media, and imprison or destroy any …

Open Borders: Trade, Migration, Entrepreneurship, And Prosperity

By Ken Schoolland For good reason people ask how nations can become more prosperous. Usually the start is “Why is there poverty?” But the real question should be “Why is there wealth?” Poverty is the natural condition of all peoples of the world throughout history. Only in the past couple hundred years have we seen an astounding rise in the amount of wealth per person in some countries while others still languish in ancient poverty. The Fraser Institute of Canada approaches this question with the Economic Freedom of the World Index (EFW), analyzing conditions that give people incentives. In other words, what conditions allow people to benefit most from the creativity and work that produces wealth? They look annually at (1) tax rates, (2) legal protections for contracts and property, (3) inflation that undermines sound money, (4) openness of trade, and (5) regulatory restrictions. Hong Kong, Singapore, and New Zealand typically rank at the top, while Myanmar, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe are often at the bottom. North Korea would probably be dead last if any data could be gathered. Nations in the top quadrants produce much more wealth per capita, higher growth rates, higher literacy, and lower rates of infant mortality than nations at the bottom. Growth matters. Brazil, with all of its resources, increased wealth per capita fourfold from 1950 to 2000. Hong Kong, with a lot of people in a small space and no natural resources, increased wealth per capita 36-fold in the same period of time. Hong Kong is now one of the wealthiest places in the world per capita, richer than Great Britain, its former colonial ruler. China is coming up the EFW ranking to 107 out of 144 countries, but it still ranks below Sri Lanka at 100 in 2010. So how could China have had such …

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 …