Language of Liberty tours Southern Brazil

On Tuesday morning our Liberty Team left the city of Porto Alegre, capital of Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost state in Brazil. After a 5-hour bus ride we arrived in the city of Rio Grande, one of the country’s busiest maritime ports. For our wonderful hosts’ group Clube Atlântico, founded about 6 months ago, it was the first time they received international guests. Nonetheless, thanks especially to the efforts of Camilla, Eduardo, Heber and Everson we felt so welcome and comfortable it was like meeting old friends! In a city known for its strong unions related to the port and city, the group has encountered aggressive opposition from left-leaning (student) groups. Though such groups apparently don’t shy away from vandalizing property in order to make a point, the Liberty Seminar was not interrupted by a confrontation. After a word of welcome from Clube Atlântico’s president Henrique, Glenn introduced the Language of Liberty Institute to the audience followed by Patrick’s empowering speech about educational alternatives and homeschooling, and a talk on marketing liberty by Mart. After the break the attendees were treated to an eloquent presentation by CATO’s Latin America expert Juan Carlos Hidalgo on how economic freedom leads to economic growth and betters people’s lives. The 35 students that attended the seminar, hailing from all over Brazil, left feeling encouraged and inspired to redouble their efforts for the cause of liberty. During the post-event dinner with our new friends we were told that the event had also attracted new members to the group. Encountering the sort of opposition we saw in Rio Grande was a new experience even after organizing over 40 programs all over the world, including many former Soviet countries. Still, it is easy to see the amazing opportunity in the city considering the port and the …

Malta: Speaking the Language of Liberty

[alert style=”green”] This was reposted from Mart’s blog The Raw Report, you can view the original article here. [/alert] To anyone who has not lived in a cave in recent years it is clear that libertarianism is gathering momentum and becoming more mainstream. Consequently, those of us who care about liberty should expect to get many questions from “outsiders” about what we stand for. Plenty of misconceptions and objections will need to be addressed as well as questions answered. Attending a Liberty Camp organized by the Language of Liberty Institute (LLI) can give you the arrows you’ll need in your quiver to do just that. Attendees at last week’s Liberty English Camp on the Mediterranean island of Malta can attest to its benefits. Co-organizer Jacek Spendel of the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation helped gather nearly fifty people of thirteen different nationalities, representing a larger than usual turnout for a Liberty Camp. They learned a lot from many different speakers about why liberty matters, the origin of rights, the war on drugs, seasteading, the difference between real and crony capitalism (from a Wall Street insider, no less), why Estonia attracts a lot of foreign investment, starting the revolution, the European Union, and how to set up an independent Civil Society Organization (CSO). Another highlight was hearing from four Ukrainian students about what is currently going on in their country and cities, and how that affects the advancement of the ideas of liberty there. In addition we were entertained by movies and documentaries, not to mention social events and a talent show to top it all off! Liberty Camps are generally held in the countryside of developing nations all over the world, so the small island of Malta provided a slightly different experience. Compared to most seminars or conferences, though, the common …

“Why is there no sex in Bosnian government departments?”

Language of Liberty Institute (LLI) returned to Bosnia for our first events of 2014. Bosnia was the location of our last event for 2013 in December, but while we had a Liberty Seminar in the capital Sarajevo then, this time we held seminars in two country towns, Tuzla and Zenica, the location of our two Bosnian partners in spreading liberty, MULTI in Tuzla, run by Admir Čavalić, and the Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise (CAFE) in Zenica, run by Edo Omerčević. Incidentally, a few weeks ago, Tuzla was the location of the first major uprising against the government of Bosnia. Whilst overshadowed by the event in the Ukraine, it was significant for Bosnia as the anger, frustration and dissatisfaction with the government spilled over into the streets of several cities in Bosnia, including the capital. This could be a “wakeup-call” for the government, although it is still too early to judge. The trigger for the Tuzla uprising (which became the trigger for the demonstrations that followed) was the loss of jobs by employees of former state enterprises that had been privatized and given to friends and relatives of the ruling elite. With no experience or competence to run the businesses, the new owners stripped the companies of their assets (for some quick and easy cash) and then let the companies fail and go into bankruptcy, causing the loss of jobs and the anger of the affected employees who have now joined the ever-growing ranks of unemployed in Bosnia. The Tuzla demonstration was followed by protests in other parts of Bosnia, including Zenica and the capital, to display the general anger and dissatisfaction of the population with a government marked by nepotism, cronyism, corruption and incompetence. A joke making the rounds in Bosnia, and even the world, is typical …

Join us at the Malta Liberty Camp!

I have a pleasure of announcing a brand new Liberty Camp location this year! This year our annual Polish camp will be held not in Poland, but rather in sunny Malta! [alert style=”white”] Details Date: April 23-30, 2014 Price: 160 EUR This includes the program, materials, 3-star accommodation at Hotel Bugibba, and two meals a day! Not a bad deal, right? 🙂 The flight is on you, but there are plenty of inexpensive connections to Malta, especially with Ryanair.   [button url=”www.malta.languageofliberty.org” size=”medium” style=”orange”]Go to the event site[/button][/alert] Why in Malta? The main reason for choosing this location was that students at previous camps asked us if we could organize the camp somewhere in Southern Europe, in a warmer climate. But of course, that’s not the only reason! Malta is well-known as a great place to practice English, as it is country’s second official language. It is also a very affordable place, particularly in the off-season, when we will be there. What can I expect? These seven days in sunny Malta will be filled with debates, discussions, exploring the island, beaching, and of course a multitude of social activities. In late April the island is already warm enough to be a great place for spring retreat. You can get there by regular and cheap airlines, from nearly anywhere in Europe. Some tips about that you can find in the “Travelling to Malta” part of our website. What is special about this camp in Malta? Now that we have had nearly 2,000 students go through our programs and have helped to develop a new generation of leaders by providing the “essentials” of the libertarian/classical liberal philosophy, we want to pay more attention to how this philosophy can be applied in our day-to-day lives. You could say that we are moving from …

Language of Liberty Institute (LLI) Events in December 2013

Following the camps in Ethiopia, we headed to the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, for the Language of Liberty Institute’s first event in that country. The 2-day seminar on Liberty and Entrepreneurship was organized by two previous Liberty Camp students, Edo Omerčević from the local economic think tank Centar za poslovnu afirmaciju and Admir Čavalić from the local NGO Multi. Both men are founders of their respective organizations and very active in the promotion of liberty and free enterprise . Some 16 students attended the seminar and we enjoyed instructive discussions on the current state of Bosnia in terms of ease of doing business, taxation, bureaucracy, and government interference in the lives of people generally. Unfortunately, Bosnia’s ratings on these issues are among the lowest in Europe and it is not easy to start a new business. A few of the students were actual entrepreneurs, mainly in the IT industry, and the obstacles that government bureaucracy places in their way are  very counterproductive and will not help the country in its economic development. Bosnia is still recovering from its recent tragic history of the mid-1990s and we had the opportunity visit the Srebrenica Gallery with its haunting images of the 13 July 1995 massacre of thousands of people in this village not that far from the Bosnian capital. The Old Town of Sarajevo was more positive, with mosques, a synagogue, an Orthodox church and a Roman Catholic cathedral all in close proximity to each other, demonstrating the traditional atmosphere of tolerance and pluralism. This year, Sarajevo will be remembered for the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz-Ferdinand on 28th June, that triggered  World War I. There is certainly a lot of history here and not far from Tirana, Albania, the location for this year’s ISIL World Liberty Summit from 28 to31 August – an …

The First Entrepreneurial Liberty Camps Have Just Been Held In Ethiopia!

I am thrilled to share with you about our first ever entrepreneurial Liberty English camps in Ethopia, organized by TEAM in collaboration with LLI, Ethiopian SFL, and Bastiat Society of Ethiopia from 12-17 December 2013. The camp hosted hundreds of students in two different cities of Ethiopia from more than 10 universities. Our program combined lectures, presentations, videos, as well as SFL charter leader video messages from abroad to Ethiopian students to help students acquire the necessary tools to protect their freedoms and spread the ideas of liberty more effectively amongst their friends and neighbors. These camps are our second big achievement we have towards the advancement of the functioning free market principles and liberty ideals in Ethiopia, follow our first liberty conference, which was organized by TEAM and Atlas Network in August 2013. In the programs, LLI co-founder and acclaimed management consultant Andy Eyschen trained and discussed with students about free market economics, voluntary exchange, the fundamental principles and institutions necessary to support a free enterprise, and the system that can uphold and protect the rest. In addition, the executive director of the Language of Liberty Institute, Glenn Cripe also raised the ideas and lives of pro-liberty figures including Ayn Rand, FA Hayek, Frederick Bastiat, and others. The director of Bastiat Society in Ethiopia, an official chapter of Bastiat Society also attended the camp in Addis Ababa and made a presentation on the works of Frederic Bastiat, the mission, goals, and objectives of the Bastiat Society to student participants who attended the camp in Addis Ababa. Moreover, I had the chance to partake in the lectures where I introduced the works of TEAM along with the mission of Atlas Network and Students for Liberty. I also spoke on what causes wealth to grow and societies to progress when given …

Upcoming Camp in Ethiopia, help us make it happen!

Ethiopia Liberty Camp

TEAM, our partner in Ethiopia very pleased to share with you our new project and fundraising efforts aimed at organizing the first ever Entrepreneurial Liberty English Camp to bring 35 Ethiopian university students and recent graduates from December 15-21, 2013 near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This is a joint venture of the Teachings of Entrepreneurship on Antipoverty Movement (TEAM) and Language of Liberty Institute (LLI) in the US, with the valuable support of Atlas Network. Our program will combine lectures, workshops, videos, as well as student debates and presentations, helping students acquire important tools to protect their own freedoms and to communicate the ideas of liberty more effectively with their friends and neighbors. Since January 2013, we have made huge advances in spreading the ideas, principles, and moral foundations of liberty. This August we hosted Dr. Tom Palmer, Atlas Network’s Executive Vice President for International Programs and a Senior Fellow at Cato Institute. Dr. Palmer inspired, trained, and encouraged students about the potential and power of economic freedom for authentic human flourishing and solidarity. Since students will not be able to pay any of the tuition on their own, they will need scholarships to achieve their dream of dignity through entrepreneurship. As a group of weary souls, whose eyes focused upward with a sense of hope, of possibility, our initiative is part of the ongoing work of friends of liberty and freedom fighters to recommit and make ever more real and ever more inclusive those same ideals of choice and opportunity. And so we continue to strive with the help of so many of you. We are grateful for your donation at any level. We are only able to carry on our work because of the backing and support of freedom champions such as you. We will not let up in …

A Fantastic Week of Liberty and Entrepreneurship in Ponikiew, Poland

This year’s Liberty English Camp in Poland was strategically held right after the biggest libertarian conference Poland has ever seen – the European Students for Liberty Regional Conference in Krakow. That successful event brought nearly 120 young, passionate freedom lovers to attend a great conference, enlarge their networks, and simply to have fun. It is not a coincidence that I am mentioning the ESFL conference when talking about our Liberty English Camp, because as they were just one day apart we were able to share a few speakers and also a number of students. The conference built the perfect foundation for the Camp. On Sunday, September 8th, 20 students from 4 countries (Estonia, Germany, Nigeria, Poland) and 6 moderators from 6 countries (Belarus, Ethiopia, Italy, Nigeria, Poland, United States) gathered in the picturesque village of Ponikiew, 7km from Wadowice, Pope John Paul II’s hometown. Introductions were made around the fire and with a wonderful barbeque. It was Monday when the official program began. Activities were divided into lectures on classical liberal fundamental principles, discussions in small groups, guest lectures, workshops, movie screenings, and student debates. The program was very packed, but we still found time for sport (tennis, volleyball, swimming pool) and late night discussions. The camp’s program was very intense. Classes on classical liberal principles were conducted by Glenn Cripe, executive director of Language of Liberty Institute and Jaroslav Romanchuk, head of the Mises Scientific Center in Belarus. Students had a chance to explore philosophical background and learn about the proper role of government as envisioned by the most prominent liberal/libertarian thinkers. Beyond ideology, an important stress was made on the importance of entrepreneurship as an independent way of living. This year’s camp was host to an amazing line up of speakers, all promoting that message:  Michael Severance of …

LLI in Armenia

Leadership School in Yerevan On March 12 and 13, the Leadership School founded by Samvel Movsisyan organized 2 events for LLI (in cooperation with Armenian Youth for Libertyfounded by Inessa Shahnazarova) at the Congress Hotel in the capital of Armenia, Yerevan. The first was an evening with about a dozen members of the school to show the movie “Call of the Entrepreneur”, followed by a lively discussion on the topic of entrepreneurship and the role it can play in Armenia. The second event was also at the Congress Hotel in the centre of Yerevan. Featuring Andy and Glenn, who presented an hour each, this event was open to the public. Over 200 people came to hear about entrepreneurship, including social and intellectual entrepreneurship, as well as the meaning of money and highlights of the philosophies of Ayn Rand, Frederic Bastiat and Friedrich Hayek. It was a real pleasure to have several students from past Liberty Camps in the audience and to establish new contacts and friendships. Thanks to Samvel and Inessa for making these events happen! Liberty Camp Armenia 2013 From 14 to 18 March, our third Liberty Camp in Armenia took place at our usual mountain resort of Tsakhkadzor, the top ski resort in Armenia, some 60km north of Yerevan. This year, the Liberty Camp was a joint venture of LLI, Friedrich Naumann Foundation (South Caucasus), and Armenian Youth for Liberty. Some 29 students from Georgia and Armenia attended the camp at a conference center owned by Yerevan University. The weather over the 4-day period varied from bright blue skies to rain and, on the last night, to heavy snow with temperatures averaging around 2 degrees C. Perfect weather for an indoor camp! The program featured our usual lectures on classical liberal philosophy, including John Locke, Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, Ayn Rand, Frederic Bastiat, …

What Liberty Camps Are All About

English is the international language of commerce and political, scientific and commercial discourse. Fluency in English is necessary for personal and professional success all over the world. The mission of the Liberty English Camps is to support and assist organizations and individuals (with special emphasis on reaching students) in countries that are recovering from tyranny and attempting to develop the institutions of free societies, by means of English-language education. The Camps also serve to spread the ideas of free markets, social tolerance, ethics, limited government, and entrepreneurship among the students. For years, ISIL has supported the Liberty English Camps in Lithuania and other East European and African countries. These youth camps improve the English skills of high-school and university students, using libertarian materials. Many students have themselves become camp teachers and organizers, and have become active libertarians in their home countries. With the 2013 camp season underway and growing the scholarship fund needs replenishing. Help create tomorrow’s libertarian leaders who may change the course of their nations! Details on the camps are at the Language of Liberty Institute (LLI) Web site, www.languageoflibertyinstitute.org, www.ProfitFromFreedom.com  and at www.lessonsofliberty.org. The Liberty English Camps were founded by Steve Browne and ISIL Lithuanian Rep Virgis Daukas and began in 1993 in Lithuania, and have continued annually since 1997. Held at the rustic lakeside resort of Trakai, they have drawn as many as 120 students from Lithuania, also from Belarus, Poland and other ex-Soviet countries. ISIl has provided student scholarship funds to this camp for many years. Famed author/investment advisor Doug Casey has become a major supporter and participant in the Lithuanian Camps, and in his honor the official name of the Camp has become CYCLE (Casey Youth Conference on Liberty and Entrepreneurship). A website on the CYCLE Trakai Camp is now up at www.ProfitFromFreedom.com. Inspired by …