Austin event a success!

Last month, Liberty International hosted a conference titled “Secrets to Preventing and Treating Disease in the Ever-Changing U.S. Health Care Landscape.” The one-day conference was held in Austin, Texas, and featured John MacKey, Mary Ruwart, Sally Pipes, Naomi Lopez-Bauman, Kyle Varner, and David Vequist. First, Sally Pipes gave an update on Obamacare, and discussed her plan to achieve affordable, accessible, quality care. Next, John Mackey, founder of Whole Foods, shared his ideas about nutrition, supplements and other aspects of healthy living. Mary Ruwart, Ph.D., gave a lunch seminar about little known “secrets” for early detection of disease, prevention ideas, treatment possibilities, and end of life options. After lunch, Naomi Lopez-Bauman gave an update on Right-to-Try policies, and patient autonomy. Kyle Varner, M.D. shared his research into medical tourism, which could help audience members find alternatives to American medicine. And finally, David Vequist, Ph.D. expanded on the conversation about medical tourism, patent consumerism, and free markets winning in health care. Stay tuned for a video of the conference, which will be posted soon! In the meantime, Liberty International announced the World Conference in Puerto Rico to be held on August 8-12. Click here for more information!    

Cycle 16

JULY 4 – 8, 2016 We are pleased to announce that in addition to being free for all to participate in online via Liberty.me, this year’s CYCLE will be held live in Trakai Lithuania, July 4-9, 2016. The live sessions will be broadcast live via  Liberty.me LIVE. Everyone  is welcome to participate. But you must be a member in Liberty.me in order to participate. The good news is that membership is free so please don’t hesitate to JOIN NOW. Broadcast times are shown in local time (Vilnius) and in EDT, in parentheses.  If you can’t make a live broadcast, no worries, all broadcasts are recorded and made available for later viewing at Liberty.me LIVE. Monday, July 4 15:30 (8:30 am EDT) — Lobo Tiggre — “Hard” is Not “Impossible” And “Easy” is Rarely “Valuable” 17:00 (10:00 am EDT) — Wolf von Laer — Emotional Intelligence 18:30 (11:30 am EDT) — Ken Schoolland — Immigration 20:00 (1:00 pm EDT) — Mary Ruwart — Why Liberty—Not Government—Is the Friend of the Disadvantaged Tuesday, July 5 10:00 (3:00 am EDT) — Lobo Tiggre — Shift Happens (Business 101) 11:30 (4:30 am EDT) — Eddy Balcikonis — Start Your Startup at CYCLE 16 13:00 (6:00 am EDT) — Skinner Layne — In a Creative Economy, the Key Word Is, Adapt 15:30 (8:30 am EDT) — Zilvinas Silenas — Income Equality 17:00 (10:00 am EDT) — Raminta Girdvaine — Interactive Session, A Confidence Building Game 18:30 (11:30 am EDT) — Marc Victor — Freedom and the Law 20:00 (10:00 am EDT) — Jeffrey Tucker — Career Management, the Untaught Skill Wednesday, July 6 10:00 (3:00 am EDT) — Lobo Tiggre — I was Born an Ugly Duckling (Life 101) 11:30 (4:30 am EDT) — Ven. Robina Courtin — Living Radically – The Open Heart 13:00 (6:00 am EDT) — Oleksandra Kudrytska — Freedom and Entrepreneurship in a War Zone: Lessons from Ukraine 15:30 (8:30 am EDT) — Tom Palmer — Self-Control or State Control 17:00 (10:00 am EDT) …

Morocco Conference May 25 to May 28

This message from Li Schoolland gives the latest information about the upcoming conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, which is organized by the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies. The conference is not organized by Liberty International, but we fully support their efforts. We are very eager to see you at the conference in Marrakesh from the evening of May 25 to May 28, an excellent and purposeful program “Peace Through Entrepreneurship,” hosted by the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies. In addition to a line up of international speakers the Arab Center will be bringing 15 MENA (Middle East & North Africa) civic leaders and 50 participants from Morocco. As so much is being packed into the program, much of the benefit is from a community of minds in building personal and intellectual relationships that we think can change the world at this crucial time. A draft of the program with speakers and topics is available on the website of the Arab Center:http://arab-csr.org/2016/01/14/peace-through-entrepreneurship-conference/ The venue is Marrakesh, listed by Trip Advisor as the number one destination for travelers, so there is much to experience in Morocco. Accommodations are at the 5-star Les Jardins de l’Agdal. http://les-jardins-de-lagdal-hotel-spa.hotelinmarrakech.net/fr/  You are urged to register soon at: http://tftevents.com/morocco-event/, before the end of April so that a room can be reserved for you at the conference venue. Your early registration helps immensely in finalizing the program with Nouh el Harmouzi and his team at the Arab Center. If you are coming from a country that requires a visa, urgency is essential. For all of your questions please contact Nouh el Harmouzi as soon as possible: elharmouzi@gmail.com

Morocco May 26 – 28: Peace Through Entrepreneurship Conference

TFTEvents and the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies presents the Peace Through Entrepreneurship Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco.  The conference runs from May 26th – 28 and features many speakers from David Friedman, Tom Palmer, Dan Mitchell, Christpher Lingle, Ken Schoolland, and many more. Please note that the conference is not organized by the International Society for Individual Liberty.  But we champion the work of one of our valued members, Li Schoolland, organizer of TFTEvents, and of the conference in Morocco. To register for the conference, please click here.  

Students For Liberty Nepal Report

Bibek Aryal recently shared this report from a monthly event called “Prospects with Professionals”, a monthly program of Students For Liberty, Nepal. “Prospects with Professionals” is an hour and half long event, once in a month, where a entrepreneurs/social change makers share their experiences and knowledge with prospects entrepreneur/students.  This brainstorming event brings together the most relevant experts from business.  This is an opportunity to gain visibility for students to share ideas and gain knowledge on specific entrepreneurial opportunities in Nepal and to meet other entrepreneurs and innovative Nepalese. The event brings together over 200 students to explore the latest developments and innovations in business and to provide a better understanding of the fundamentals of entrepreneurship in a free market.  It is a platform to prepare for the opportunities that lie ahead as Nepal’s economy continues to increase and move forward to open economy. On December 9, 2015, Bibek Aryal hosted the very first session of the event in Kathmandu Nepal, with around 300 audience members of Undergraduate Level.  Speaker talked about being creative individuals about their individual right to explore new ideas.  A question and answer round followed some sessions, as well as a focus on personal motivation. Congratulations to Students for Liberty, Nepal!  Keep up the great work!

A Report from the World Conference on Market Liberalization in Bali 2015

International Society on Individual Liberty (ISIL) is an organization that upholds the freedom of individuals and engages actively in facilitating activities that promote individual freedom. In July, ISIL held the ISIL World Conference on Market Liberalization in Ubud, Bali. The event gathered various groups of people ranging from economists, human rights activists, journalists, academics, and students from around the world to discuss market liberalization as the main topic as well as other issues related to the freedom of individuals. I was chosen as one of the students from Indonesia to attend the event with a full scholarship from Friedrich Naumann Foundation and Freedom Institute after going through a rigorous selection process. The event was held at Villa Bhiyu Siyu, Ubud from 29 June to 3 July 2015. I came in a little late on the first day after attending the National Climate Change Forum 2015 earlier in Seminyak. When the Indonesian representatives and I arrived at the venue, the event has already started and the host-country speakers which were represented by the Director of Freedom Institute, Rizal Mallarangeng, was giving his opening speech, followed by economist David Friedman and Dr Mary J Ruwart who discussed the climate change from economic perspective. ISIL World Conference did not only provide the participants with high-quality speakers consist of more than 36 speakers from around the world, but also interesting discussion sessions and in-depth discussions around the issue of freedom, particularly market liberalization. Not only that, ISIL World Conference also gave me a new family, as the participants became increasingly close with each other during interactive games designed by committee to introduce the participants who came from the United States, United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Africa, Thailand, Australia, Japan, China, Korea, Switzerland, Malaysia, Cambodia, Nepal, Greece, etc. The games were held every afternoon after the …

The Power of Spontaneous Order

Day 2 of the World Conference on Market Liberalization in Bali.  Andrew Humphries helped to organize an activity to help explain the irrationality of central planning, and the power of the spontaneous order — with our shoes!   ANDREW HUMPHRIES is a former faculty at Michael Polanyi College, a three-year liberal arts program at University Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala. He received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Santa Fe and an M.Ed. from Endicott College. Before joining MPC, Andrew was a Program Associate with Center for Civil Society in the Academy Team, where he facilitated short courses in political economy for college students. He has taught in private Montessori and charter schools in the United States and is also a summer Socratic Practice facilitator at the Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute. He has a special interest in Socratic education, political philosophy, the history and philosophy of mathematics and science, and the “Austrian” tradition of economics and social science.

How we organised a conference in China to talk about FREEDOM!

As he mobilised China with the Cultural Revolution, Chairman Mao did not want to create just a new political or economic system. He wanted to create a new mindset entirely. To realise these goals, both the freedom of speech and the freedom to organise had to be completely eliminated. For Chinese at the time, meeting with others publicly was entirely out of the question. Even within the walls of their own homes one had to be wary, as neighbours and even family members might report them to the Party leadership. My own grandfather was sentenced to over a year of hard labor simply for making a comment about Mao’s wife to one of his colleagues. Walking through the streets of Shanghai today, it seems inconceivable that just 40 years ago the place was under the thumb of such an oppressive regime. Markets and capitalist activity are everywhere, businesses are started with ease, and buildings shoot up without years of urban planning procedures. While on the surface, it seems that China has been completely transformed, deep down, the legacy of the Cultural Revolution lives on. Though the level of enforcement and the severity of the punishments have both declined, free speech and freedom to organise are still heavily restricted. As a result, there is a tremendous hunger for new ideas, particularly greater understanding of this new market economy that they are experiencing today. Chinese have embraced and thrived with capitalism out of instinct, but not because they agree with or understand it. Thus, a number of entrepreneurs and students are currently seeking out the answer to the question of whether or not capitalism is moral. Eager to provide them with the answer to this question, Li Schoolland initiated the first Shanghai Austrian Economic Summit in 2012. Given the restrictions on group meetings, …

Our experience at “The Best Liberty Show on Earth!”

Ruwart Minimum Wage

Mark Skousen’s Freedom Fest is truly the most spectacular gathering of free minds in the world. Spectacular? Of course! Barnum and Bailey had exotic animals, clowns, and acrobats to promote…how hard can that be? But Mark turns intellectuals and academics into a scintillating 3-ring circus with a gala film awards showcase, fiery debates, testy courtroom trials, glorious musical theater, and glitzy Vegas dancing. ISIL speakers made nearly dozen appearances during this 3-day liberty extravaganza, opening on Wednesday, July 9 with eight speakers in three sessions: 1) Ken Schoolland, “School & Land in India: Fighting Poverty, Socialism, & Caste”; Glenn Cripe, “Johnny Appleseed of Liberty: Reaching Hundreds of Youth Leaders Worldwide”; Jan Kuban, “Tigers and Outsiders: Avoiding the Polish Way to Tyranny”. 2) Barbara Kolm, “Looming Crises in Europe”; Mary Ruwart, “How Liberty Can Save the Environment?” 3) Li Zhao Schoolland, “From Mao to Hayek: An Introduction to the Free Market Movement in China,” Leon Louw, “Looming Economic Crises in Africa,” and Katya Akudovich, “Liberty: From Fear or From Courage?” Mary Ruwart’s debate with a university labor professor over the minimum wage was shown nation-wide on C-Span and had a very good impact. Appearing on the big stage, she smashed her opponent who came across as a disconnected academic completely in the clouds. Mary politely cut him down to size and the audience was completely ours. On another forum during concurrent sessions, ISIL filled the house with these respective topics: Doug Casey, “Don’t Cry for Me: Living Dangerously in Argentina”; Mary Ruwart “Do Cry for Me: Living with Big Brother in the Former Land of the Free”. Doug advised people of great ways to find places to live free. Mary’s speech focused on the tragic impact of the FDA. She was the only one on such a hot topic with Obamacare looming on the political horizon. Li Zhao Schoolland made her second appearance and a very positive impact on the grand stage with Steve Forbes, …

The People’s Republic of China Goes Austrian?

What does an average guy from the West like myself know about China? Tian’anmen Square, the Great Firewall, communism, and collectivism. One can still find remnants of these generalizations in Chinese society today, even after the free-market reforms introduced by Deng Xiaoping in 1978. However, there is no doubt that China is radically changing. While there, I observed expensive luxurious cars on the street, lavish malls with ice skating rings, an abundance of technological products, and people using mini segways instead of walking. I spoke to many Chinese students, some sporting Rothbard shirts, and realized that they want to be individualistic and create their own paths in the world. They all question the information blockade and know about Facebook, Twitter, and their government’s restrictive policies. Their willingness to listen to my and other outsider views on China demonstrate their eagerness to learn more. This open mindset will not go away and is sure to influence political opinions in the future. Three years ago, I co-founded European Students For Liberty (ESFL). At that point, I was blown away to discover a handful of people committed enough to spend their time and energy promoting liberty. Before that, I thought there were barely any classical-liberals out there. Now, this fall, ESFL is organizing 16 conferences in 15 countries and the African Students For Liberty Conference this past weekend had 1180 student attendees. Things truly are changing! China is no exception, as demonstrated by this picture from the Shanghai Austrian Economics Summit organized by our friends from TFT Events and the International Society for Individual Liberty (and the great Schoolland family). Many Chinese professors talked about the follies and shortcomings of government intervention in the economy. Everyone at the event had a profound knowledge of classical liberal ideas and wanted to learn more. This astonishing conference was topped by the moving story of Yeon-Mi Park. Yeon-Mi fled North Korea in 2009 and had to live as an illegal immigrant in China before finally …