Sally Pipes: Obamacare in “death spiral”

Obamacare will soon “celebrate” its seventh anniversary, said Sally Pipes is President and CEO of Pacific Research Institute, who added, “I hope it will be its last.” Despite 54 percent of Americans being against Obamacare, along with many politicians, think tanks and liberty groups, the law persists. Sally said that once government entitlement programs are put in place, they are very difficult to get rid of. Instead, current reforms are centered around replace, repair, or re-tooling the Affordable Care Act. Sally mentioned that premiums have risen dramatically since Obamacare was put into place, and the only 11 million people are on the exchange. “We’ve turned over our whole healthcare system to cover 11 million people,” said Sally. Other trends include lower quality, reduced access to doctors, and an insurance market in, “a death spiral.” Watch the full video below:

Announcing the Inaugural South East Asia Students For Liberty Conference!

Having had tremendous success across the globe, Students For Liberty first dropped anchor in South East Asia in 2015. After a year of inspiring, motivating, and educating students, the time and opportunity is now here for our first South East Asia Conference. This is a huge opportunity for SFL Indonesia in the current phase of their movement. They started small (with less than three Charter Team members) and now have over 20 students working to put this conference together. Sessions aim to give attendees a deeper understanding of the ideas of liberty. They are also focused on training attendees to be more effective advocates of liberty. We have put together a distinguished roster of speakers who have, in various ways, helped advance the vision of a free and prosperous society. These role models will inspire you, influence your ideas, and potentially become your mentors moving forward. The goal of this conference is to bring students from all over South East Asia to exchange their experiences, learn the ideas of liberty and energize their leadership of the pro-liberty movement in South East Asia. This event will be a massive celebration of freedom.   Featured Speakers Tom G. Palmer Tom Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Network and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and director of Cato University. He received his doctorate in politics from Oxford University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, Asia, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, as well as in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and …

Can This Event Save Your Life? “Secrets to Preventing and Treating Disease in the Ever-Changing U.S. Health Care Landscape” LI’s One-Day Conference in Austin, TX March 11th 2017

Without your health, it’s tough to live a happy, fulfilled life. With the changes in Obamacare, soaring pharmaceutical prices, and the regulatory pressures that favor treatment over prevention, our health is at risk. This one-day program will inform you of little known changes in recent legislation and scientific knowledge that can help you not only survive, but thrive. John Mackey, founder of Whole Foods and Conscious Capitalism, will share his ideas on nutrition, supplements, and other aspects of healthy living. He’ll help you take responsibility for your part in keeping your body “whole.”   Starlee Coleman from the Goldwater Institute will be sharing the exciting new Right to Try legislation sweeping the nation state by state. Right to Try allows the terminally ill to bypass the FDA for access to cutting edge therapies. If you or your loved ones are threatened by a deadly disease, it may help you get tomorrow’s cures today!   Sally Pipes from the Pacific Research Institute will be updating us on the negative impact of Obamacare, an update on its repeal and replacement following Trump’s presidential victory. She will discuss her plan on the best way to achieve affordable, accessible, quality care for all Americans, and some workarounds to get you and your loved ones the best health care possible. This information could save you money and your life!   Dr. Mary Ruwart shares her experience with the FDA, how it keeps life-saving information and medications from the American public, and how to find out where to go to get them. Some tests are even available right here in the U.S.—like blood tests for detecting cancer before scans can even see it—but your family doctor probably doesn’t even know about them.   Dr. Kyle Varner will share his experiences and tips for finding quality medical …

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.


It would be hard to imagine two more opposite groups.  The International Society for Individual Liberty, or ISIL, has been around much longer than the recent terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.  However, recently, the name has been causing quite a lot of confusion.The top comment from our blog articles from the past few months has been, “What an unfortunate domain name.”This brings us to the question, should we change our name?After all, in the past few months, many groups with similar names have decided to bite the bullet and drop their name.  The FX show Archer is dropping the name of it’s “International Secret Intelligence Service”, or ISIS. A mobile wallet system is also changing it’s name from ISIS to Softcard, to avoid confusion. Meanwhile, American President Barack Obama is trying to do some name changing of his own, preferring to use the term ISIL, instead of ISIS, for political reasons.However, there is no indication that we, the Individual Society for Individual Liberty are going to change our name, just because a terrorist group decided to jump into the political limelight.First of all, the terrorist group is not so powerful that the entire world has to go around changing their names to make room.  Are we really that terrified that we have to live our lives around their marketing decisions?Secondly, just wait a few months, and the name will likely change.  Already it’s migrated from ISIL, to ISIS, to just IS.  Who knows what they’ll call themselves next?Third, it’s kind of nice to know that balancing out the world’s most feared terrorist group, is the world’s most peaceful libertarian group.  We are, after all, complete opposites, and that’s just kind of neat.But finally — we simply don’t want to.  We at the International Society for Individual …

ISIL at Freedom Fest 2014

From Mark Skousen, producer of FreedomFest: I woke up this morning thinking about “Why We Need to Get Together Once a Year.”  Over the years, I’ve been impressed with the proliferation of free-market think tanks and freedom organizations which are doing their part to make a difference:  publishing websites, special reports and books; holding meetings and conventions; influencing elected officials or using the court system to overturn bad legislation. ISIL is doing a great job reaching out to an international group of hard-core libertarians with your Liberty Camps, China conferences on Austrian economics, publications like JG, and your own annual international conference.  Reason, Cato, Heritage, FEE, ISI, Manhattan Institute, and all the other state think tanks do much the same to make a difference. That’s where FreedomFest comes in. Our mission is simple: to bring together once a year all the freedom groups and provide a place to learn, network, socialize and celebrate liberty.  And we do it in the nation’s most libertarian city, Las Vegas. We are a for-profit organization, so we don’t compete for fundraising with all these good causes. We try not to promote one organization over another. We support them all. In Hayekian terms, it’s a spontaneous order, with every think tank and freedom organization deciding for themselves what to talk about. FreedomFest is not “my” conference, it’s “our” conference. The idea came to me when I was president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), the country’s oldest free-market organization. Why not have an annual reunion, I thought, and bring together all the think tanks and freedom organizations from around the world, to talk about philosophy, history, science & technology, healthy living, music & dance, investments, and geo-politics?  We would create an intellectual feast in a fun town, the entertainment capital of the world. And …

Sep 21-22 Workshop on Forest Rights Act — Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

Workshop on Forest Rights Act Strengthening the Gram Sabha 21-22 September2013 Patmada , East Singhbhum, Jharkhand Organised by ARCH Vahini & Liberty Institute with the support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom 21 September 2013 • 10 am -12.30 pm: Field visit and demonstration of use of GPS at Sootriuli Dangar village, near Jamshedpur • 3 pm – 4 pm: Introduction and demonstration of • 4 pm – 5 pm: Essentials of FRA, and the challenges • 6 pm – 8pm: Sharing of Experience regarding implementation of FRA 22 September 2013 • 9.30 am- 12 noon: Role of Gram Sabha in FRA • 2 pm – 4 pm: Strengthening the Gram Sabha • 4 pm – 5 pm: Conclusion Contact details: Coordinator: Arvind Anjum, Jamshedpur Mobile: +91-94311 13667 Email: [email protected] ARCH Vahini, Baroda Email: [email protected] Website: Liberty Institute, New Delhi Email: [email protected] , [email protected], Tel: +91-11-28031309 Websites: | |

Sep 16-17 Gaya, Bihar – Workshop on Land Rights under the Forest Rights Act

Property Rights For the Poor and the Forest Right Act 16 & 17 September, 2013 at Jeevan Sangham, Bodhgaya, Bihar Workshop organised by ARCH Vahini, Gujarat; Janmukti Vimarsh, Bihar & Liberty Institute, New Delhi with the support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Tentative Program: 16 September 2013 10.30 – 11.30 am: Inaugural Session Welcome by C. A. Priyadarshi & Banarsi Alam Inaugural Comments by Barun Mitra & Trupti Parekh 11.45 am – 2.00 pm: Session I Land Rights and Property Rights (What is the Meaning) for the Poor 2 pm to 3 pm: Lunch 4 pm to 6.30pm: Session II Land Rights and Property Rights to the poor: Understanding the issues and future course of action Concluding Remarks by Ambrish Mehta 7 pm – 9pm: Session III Cultural Programme by Banarsi & Team 17 September 2013 9.00am to 12 noon: Session IV Forest Right Act: The challenges and way ahead Presentations by A. Mehta, Manoj Kumar Babulal, Albela, KailashBharti, and Trupti Mehta Round Table Discussion 1 pm – 2 pm: Lunch 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm: Session V Demonstration of technique: Claim process of the forest right (Venue village Somia-Kevalia). Solidarity address: the village representatives share their experiences Vote of thanks: Kailash Bharti, President, Mazdoor Kisan samiti Contact Persons: Janmukti Vimarsh: Priyadarshi Ashok 09431077343, Ms. Poonam 09334269794, Kailash Bharti 09939376968, Jeevan Sangham 09431051659 ARCH Vahini, Baroda Email: [email protected] Website: Liberty Institute, New Delhi Email: [email protected] , [email protected], Tel: +91-11-28031309 Websites: | |

Aug 24-25 Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh – Workshop on Land Rights under the Forest Rights Act

Event Details Location: Sheopur district of Madhya Pradesh Venue: Eco-Centre of the Forest Department Date: Aug 24-25 Attendees: Roughly 70; district- and block-level officials, field staff of the forest dept., village representatives from panchayat We have just held a very successful workshop on the Forest Rights Act (FRA) in the Sheopur district of Madhya Pradesh. Sheopur is about 400 km south west of Delhi, on the border of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The Sheopur district was created in 1999, by separating it from the Morena district. In 2006, Sheopur was among the 250 most backward districts in India. The district covers about 6,600 sq km, and over 60% of the land area is classified as forest. The district contains the Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary, with a total area of 345 sq km, of which about 31 sq km is revenue land. The district has some of the poorest communities in the country including a large tribal population. It is home to the Sahariya tribe, which is classified as a Primitive Tribal Group and is one of the most backward tribal groups in India. The 2011 Census puts the population at 687,000, and 84% of the people live in the 587 villages. The tribal population is estimated at 140,000, about 21% of the total, and 98% of whom belong to the Sahariya tribe. On Aug 24, 2013 we visited one such hamlet, Hanumankheda, barely 10 km from the district headquarter of Sheopur. For at least a couple of kilometres around this area, there was hardly a tree standing, let alone any trace of forest. The soil was rocky, and land was marginal with low productivity, despite its proximity to an irrigation canal. Cattle grazing is one of the key economic activities, which requires pasture land. Another striking feature of the area was …