“Jonathan” published in Urdu

The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible Published in Urdu Dr. Khalil Ahmad, ISIL’s Rep for Pakistan, has just published the highly-acclaimed fable, The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free-Market Odyssey in Urdu, the language of Pakistan and many countries in south Asia. This is the 30th language in which this amazing book has been published. Details on the Urdu edition follow: The title of the book in Urdu means this: “The Story of a Peoples Welfare Republic – as narrated by Jonathan Gullible”. The photograph was originally printed in a prestigious English daily of Pakistan and I bought it from the photographer. The photo is that of a busy road with potholes and cracks on it – like most of the roads in Pakistan. The man standing on the road with a tool in his hands is a self-employed person who has chosen for himself a job which is normally considered a duty of the government, i.e. repairing the roads. All of the roads in Pakistan are built, owned and maintained by the government. The sign fixed on the road is meant for the users of the road. It reads: “Hello, this is a request to all of the drivers using this road that I am a servant of yours – not of the government. To relieve you of the troubles I fill up the holes and repair the cracks of the road. You please take care of me and help me. My family will pray for you!” Khalil Ahmad President, Alternate Solutions Institute Lahore, Pakistan [email protected] http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FreePakistan

ISIL World Freedom Summit 2005 — Gummersbach, Germany

ISIL World Freedom Summit 2005 – Gummersbach, Germany by Vince Miller Introduction Surprise Meeting With Iraqi Constitutionalist The Moral Hazards of “Orange” Revolutions Why The EU is Doomed The EU – A Pragmatic View French Anti-Liberalism: Don’t Do It the French Way In Praise of Non-Centralism: The Swiss Experiment Tax Competition As A Means To Control Leviathan Globalization As A Peace Strategy The Limits of Democracy Africa’s Scars Will Take More Than Live-8 To Heal Africa: Cultural Impediments To A Free Society Networking Panel: Free Market Thinktanks Religion: Fundamentalism vs. Liberalism Religion: Are Religion and Capitalism Compatible? Report: International Free Student Network Celebrating The “Year of Ayn Rand” Banquet: Awards Ceremony Post-Conference Tour INTRODUCTION The ISIL conference this year celebrated the 25th anniversary of the founding of ISIL in Ann Arbor, Michigan back in 1980. For history buffs, we started out as Libertarian International, but later in 1989 merged with the original Society for Individual Liberty (SIL) which dated back to 1969. We changed our name to ISIL. A historical review is included in this issue of the Freedom Network News. Our 2005 conference was held in Germany at the facilities of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Gummersbach (near Cologne – or Kóln as it is properly known). This year many hot topics were covered – including the state of the European Union, globalization and free trade. We owe a great vote of thanks to Jim Peron of the Institute for Liberal Values (New Zealand) and Wolfgang Mueller who has just formed the only privately-funded German thinktank – the Institut für Unternehmerische Freiheit(Institute for Free Enterprise) in Berlin, for their outstanding work in hosting this event. The conference had originally been scheduled for St. Petersburg, but deterioration of the political climate in Russia made it necessary to us to change …

“Jonathan Gullible” 35 Languages

  JONATHAN GULLIBLENOW IN 35 LANGUAGES By Jim Elwood      The completion of two more language editions of ISIL director Ken Schoolland’s award-winning fable The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey has in recent weeks brought the total of print and on-line languages to 35!      In India, ISIL Rep Barun Mitra and his Liberty Institute in New Delhi have just published the Bengali book edition. He also very recently published the Asian Commentary edition in localized English, which is an annotated edition inspired by Janette Eldridge’s UK Commentary edition (published in South Africa in early 2004). A Hindi edition is due out very shortly.      In Nigeria, ISIL Rep Agwu Amogu has just published the Pidgin English edition (see photo above).      The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey is a humorous illustrated fable about a boy from a libertarian land who gets shipwrecked on a statist island and observes all the strange customs. Each of the 39 little chapters illustrates a basic principle of economics.      It has been a great hit with students, and has garnered educational awards such as the Leavey Prize and two George Washington Honor Medals from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge; the Leonard E. Read Book Award from the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), and from the Association of Private Enterprise Educators. It has been endorsed by Nobel laureate Milton Friedman, and is now being spread through the international organization of Students In Free Enterprise.      It has been published both through ISIL’s network and via other contacts of Ken’s. These have been locally translated, published, and distributed; and have had the added benefit of providing the fledgling publishers with valuable business experience. ISIL has provided seed money for quite a few of the projects in Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.      The earlier 32 …

ISIL 2004 New Zealand Conference

ISIL’s New Zealand ConferenceAdvances Kiwi FreedomMovement by Vince Miller Conference MC Rodney Hide, MP (l) and Dave Henderson (r).Photo by Jim Johnston Introduction Update on Elbegdorj Tsakhia How I Fought Inland Revenue – and ended up their landlord How To Avoid Being Intimidated by Experts The State of Kiwi Politics Free State or Free Nation? The Hobbiton Tour The True State of the Third World Private Education Around The World Business, Profits, and Economic Progress Ecomyths And Their Danger Welfarism And The Destruction of Values Austrian Economics and the Common Law The Origins of Liberalism Genetic Modification: A Future In New Zealand Conflict or Choice In Pro-Freedom Communication Having Your Kiwi And Eating It Too The Global Warming Delusion Ayn Rand’s Contribution To Liberal Thought The Globalization of Labor Markets Freedom’s Fringes Sir Roger Douglas on Market Reforms Feminism And Freedom A Student Network Formed INTRODUCTION      ISIL’s 2004 World Conference was held this past July in the picturesque resort town of Rotorua, in North Island, New Zealand.      Conference host was Jim Peron, a recent immigrant to New Zealand (from South Africa). Jim runs one of the few store-front libertarian bookstores in the world – (Aristotle’s Books) in Auckland. He also is founder and president of the Institute for Liberal Values(ILV) – a free-market public policy think tank also in Auckland.      In preparation for this year’s conference, we had collaborated with Jim and ILV in the funding and distributing of hundreds of copies of his book The Liberal Tide to all high-school libraries in New Zealand. There was also a student essay contest run by ILV – the winners of which received cash prizes (provided by ILV) – 1st Prize $2000, 2nd $1000, 3rd $500 and ten honorable mentions of $50 each. ISIL provided scholarships for the essay contest winners – …

ISIL’s 2003 World Conference — Vilnius, Lithuania

ISIL’s 2003 World Conference – Vilnius, Lithuania – A Triumphant Emergencefrom Tyranny by Vincent H. Miller   Marshall Bruce Evoy Memorial award winner Jaroslav Romanchuk and Elena Rakova (both from Belarus) pose in front of the historic Trakai Castle (former capital of Lithuania).      In spite of a spate of violent conflicts, terrorism, and sundry other temporary setbacks on the world stage, many positive trends continue to quietly develop in numerous spots around the globe, and the movement for liberty marches inexorably on.      Nowhere was this more evident than in Lithuania, the site for ISIL’s 22nd world conference, which was held from July 6th through the 10th 2003 in the capital city of Vilnius.      At this remarkable event we sat shoulder to shoulder with the architects of a free Lithuania – along with people like Yuri Maltsev, who had been on the team drafting Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika.      Not so many years ago, many of the people at this conference would have been looking at each other over rifle sights. Times have changed indeed. A Fascinating Historical Background      During the 20th century the people of Lithuania were ground under the tyrannical heels of both Nazi and Soviet occupations. One third of their total population of three-million people were annihilated, with almost all of the 100,000 members of the Jewish community being slaughtered by the Nazis. Many of the people we met during our visit could relate personal tragedies of how members of their families had been murdered by Nazis. Others had been tortured and murdered by the KGB or exiled to Siberian slave/death camps.      Just prior to the ISIL conference, a small group of us toured the charming Old Town section of Vilnius, and along the way made a visit to the KGB museum. This museum had been an actual KGB compound, …

“Jonathan Gullible” in 30 Languages

Jonathan Gullible Now In 30 Languages! by Ken Schoolland, edited by Jim Elwood Jonathan Gullible is published in serialized form in Greek newspaper Neos Typos. The last few months have seen another surge in the worldwide spread of ISIL director Ken Schoolland’s award-winning libertarian fable The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey. During the early 90’s after JG started going international, we averaged about one new language in print per year. We are now running at one new language every couple of months — and have now reached 30 in print, plus some on the Web. KYRGZ — Jonathan Gullible reached Central Asia this summer with publication in Kyrgyzstan. This project had arisen through the international network of Students in Free Enterprise. Ken is the Sam Walton Fellow for the SIFE chapter at Hawaii-Pacific University and has met a number of overseas contacts through that venue. Zarina Osmonalieva, a member of the SIFE chapter in Bishkek, the Kyrgz capital, learned about JG and arranged translation and printing. Funding was provided through ISIL’s Jonathan Gullible Book Fund. BULGARIAN — The Bulgarian edition of JG was serialized recently in the Sedem Weekly newspaper, accompanied by commentaries from local economists. It drew such a great response from readers that its circulation catapulted from near obscurity to second-highest in the nation. The Bulgarian edition of the book will be published this fall. KISWAHILI — Jonathan Gullible is now also available in a major region of East Africa. The Kiswahili edition of JG arrived from the printer in September. This project is the work of James Shikwati Shikuku, President of the Inter-Region Economic Network (IREN) in Nairobi and the ISIL Rep for Kenya. Kiswahili is the primary local language in not only Kenya, but also Uganda and Tanzania. This project was another result …

ISIL Puerto Vallarta Conference Spurs Movement Growth

Advancing Liberty In Latin America ISIL Puerto Vallarta Conference Spurs Movement Growth – by Vince Miller – ISIL’s world conference was held this year (2002) from July 28 to Aug 1 at the luxurious La Jolla de Mismaloya hotel in the Pacific Coast resort of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Mexico and Latin America in general (with the exception of Chile) over the past decades have produced seemingly unending spectacles of economic chaos, grinding poverty and massive political corruption. Not an area where one would pin much hope for a libertarian renaissance. But a libertarian movement has been emerging in the region, and the goal of this year’s ISIL world conference was to strengthen the network and inspire an acceleration of its growth. As you will read, these goals were met, indeed our expectations were exceeded. We assembled many of the titans of a powerful radical libertarian movement for change in Latin America: Manuel Ayau, founder of the free-market Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala; Roberto Salinas León, vice president of Mexico’s TV Azteca (the second largest television network in Latin America); Ricardo Valenzuela, a former Mexican banker who is in the process of forming a libertarian political party in Mexico; and Venezuela’s Alberto Mansueti who has just formed “La Salida” (The Way Out) think-tank. And of course there were Enrique Ghersi, ISIL’s Rep in Peru, co-author of the famous El Otro Sendero (The Other Path) book on underground economies, and ISIL Argentina Rep Martin Krause (Dean of ESEADE grad school of business administration in Buenos Aries) – both giants in the emerging classical-liberal movement in Latin America. With such powerful intellects and high spirits – all with a passionate sense of moral purpose, one got the feeling they were sitting in on a meeting of the “Founding Fathers” of a new era …

Dictatorship at Your Doorstep: Why “Anti-Terrorism” Laws Threaten You

by James R. Elwood & Jarret B. Wollstein May 2002 “I tell you, freedom and human rights in America are doomed. The U.S. government will lead the American people, and the West in general, into an unbearable hell and a choking life.” Osama bin Laden, October, 2001 (quoted in NewsMax.com 2/1/02) At 5 am in the morning on September 12, 2001 – less than one day after the 9/11 Attack – a half-dozen heavily-armed federal agents raided the home of Dr. Al-Hazmi in San Antonio, Texas. Without any search warrant, the agents ransacked his home, while his wife and young children (6 & 8) were held at gunpoint. Then – without being charged with any crime – Dr. Al-Hazmi was shackled and thrown naked into a freezing cold FBI holding cell. Even his eyeglasses and bronchitis medicine were taken away. Next, Al-Hazmi was flown to a New York prison, where he says he was repeatedly beaten while the FBI interrogated him. One week later, he was finally allowed to talk to an attorney and learned the reason for his arrest: Dr. Al-Hazmi’s name (the “Smith” of the Middle East) is similar to that of two 9/11 hijackers, and he had booked flights through Travelocity.com, which some 9/11 hijackers (along with a few million other people) had used. On September 24th – 12 days after he was arrested, Dr. Al-Hazmi was released – without his belongings and without even an apology from the FBI. He says he may now have to quit his job and leave the U.S. because his co-workers no longer trust him. (Source: “Justice Kept In the Dark,” Newsweek,12-10-01, p. 41.) Since September 11th, over 2,000 people, including many U.S. citizens, have been imprisoned by the FBI and police in the name of “fighting terrorism.” Only two of them …

Ending Our Drug Nightmare: A Humane Solution That Will Make Our Streets Safe

    by Jarret B. Wollstein America is living through a drug nightmare. Up to 80% of street assaults, murders and burglaries are drug-related. Drug gangs have spread their power to every city and town. Many police have been corrupted, courts are overcrowded, and prisons are bursting at the seams. The lure of big drug profits is turning children into pushers and cops into crooks. Every year the War on Drugs escalates. More money is spent, more drugs are seized and penalties for drug use become more severe. Yet illegal drugs are still plentiful. There’s a simple reason why America is not winning the War on Drugs. We have been fighting the wrong enemy. We have been told that the cause of our drug nightmare is drug sellers and users. The real cause is drug criminalization. Prohibition Revisited This is not the first time the US government has tried to save Americans from themselves. In 1919, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution prohibited the manufacture of alcoholic beverages. Suddenly honest, responsible Americans who just wanted a drink, were turned into criminals. Respectable bars became underground speakeasies, and legitimate liquor manufacturers were replaced by criminal bootleggers. Gang shoot-outs became common. There was massive bribery of police and judges. Criminals who made illegal booze paid little attention to quality, and some consumers went blind or died from tainted products. Eventually politicians were forced to admit the futility of trying to legislate morality. Liquor was harmful – but liquor prohibition was even worse. In 1933, Prohibition was repealed. Violence and the Social Costs of Drugs Today, liquor is legal and there are no longer any shoot-outs over kegs of beer or barrels of gin. But today the disastrous consequences of alcohol prohibition are being repeated with drug prohibition. Before President Reagan declared all-out War …

Seven Great Ways to Protect Your Privacy & Freedom

by Jarret Wollstein   Ron Paul – the only true libertarian in Congress – gives this answer to the question, “What is the relationship of privacy to freedom?” “Privacy is freedom. Leave us alone!” Unfortunately, Paul is one of the few politicians who truly understands or cares about protecting your privacy.   Why You Need To Protect Your Privacy The last few years have witnessed an all-out assault on your personal and financial privacy. Credit-reporting agencies, schools, Internet marketers, medical clearing-houses, and dozens of other private organizations all now maintain detailed records on us. However, by far the worst offender has been the U.S. government. In just the last few years, the government has:   Authorized the FBI, NSA and other agencies to intercept your e-mail, phone calls, and faxes, and keep track of your Internet surfing, without search warrants or other protections.  Quietly implemented “Know Your Customer” bank regulations which force your bank to spy on you and turn you in to police and the IRS for “suspicious transactions.”  Introduced scanners at US international airports which display your naked image to attendants (justified as a “non-intrusive” way of searching for guns and drugs).  Launched an all-out war on offshore tax havens ordering them to end bank secrecy and turn over records on US citizens or face a cut-off of all dealings with US banks and financial institutions. President Clinton even threatened military attack!  Forced employers to get government permission for all new hires, giving government a de facto veto over whether or not you can be hired!  Forced hospitals and doctors to turn over all private medical records, under penalty of fines, imprisonment, seizure of assets, and taking away doctor’s medical licenses.  Stepped up confiscation of assets without trial, through hundreds of new federal and state civil asset forfeiture …