Join us for the 34th World Conference of
How to Find Freedom In Our Fast-Changing World
August 8 – 12
Come join with Liberty International friends, and combine your conference experience with a vacation getaway in beautiful Puerto Rico!
Our World Conference will give you the opportunity to meet fellow liberty-lovers from around the world, make new friends, enjoy intellectual stimulation from many of the world’s top international speakers, and do it all in a relaxed family re-union atmosphere. Many past participants have called their LI World Conference experience “the event of a lifetime.” A powerful international speaker lineup is being assembled.
Confirmed speakers so far are:
Dr. David Vequist (USA) will be sharing the exciting news about how the marketplace and medical tourism is revolutionizing healthcare in spite of the regulatory attempts to fit us all into one-size-fits all medicine. Corporate programs for employees are being reworked to improve quality and reduce costs. These innovative solutions showcase the possibilities for the future! The title of his talk: “The Amazing Organic Growth of Patient Consumerism in Unexpected Places: Medical Tourism in Cuba”
Leonardo Brito (Venezuela) will be speaking on “The Collapse of Socialism in Venezuela”. Brito is a businessman from Venezuela. He is the founder and director of The Bastiat Society Of Venezuela. He also serves as member of the board in opposition political movement: GENTE (Generacion Independiente). Leonardo attended APEE 2015 as a speaker and spoke about doing business in anti-business countries.
Lobo Tiggre (USA/Puerto Rico) – globetrotting senior editor for Casey Research, who now lives in Puerto Rico because of the island’s many new tax advantages, which he will explain. The title of his talk is: ” Act 20 &22: Are Puerto Rico’s Tax Breaks for You?”
Dr. Per Bylund (USA/Sweden) – Assistant professor in entrepreneurship and Records-Johnston Professor of Free Enterprise in the School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University. He is the author of two books, The Problem of Production: A New Theory of the Firm and The Seen, the Unseen, and the Unrealized: How Regulations Affect Our Everyday Lives. He is also an Associated Scholar with the Mises Institute as well as senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises-institutet i Sverige in Sweden. The topic of his talk is : “The Unrealized: Even libertarians don’t understand how destructive regulations are”
Dr. Cris Lingle (USA/Guatemala) — Cris Lingle is an Economics professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquin, for many years at the International Economics Seminars at Northeastern University in Shenyang, China, and champion of liberty and free market conferences globally. The title of his talk:”Land Reform for Latin America: Privatizing Public Land; Legalizing Private Land”
Dr. Kyle Varner (USA) will share his experiences and tips for finding quality medical care outside of the United States, where it can be had for a fraction of the U.S. cost. “Medical tourism” is on the rise, because many cutting edge procedures are ONLY available offshore. Learn how you can get the best medical care that the world has to offer, instead of limiting yourself only to what the FDA and other government agencies approve. The title of his talk: “The Intersection Between Wealth & Health”
Joe Milligan (Puerto Rico) is the Executive Vice President and Cofounder of Fundación Libertad, a Puerto Rico based free market think tank. He is a Think Freely Latino contributing writer and his work has been featured in such venues as The Hill and The Wall Street Journal among others. The topic of his discussion is: ” Seizing Opportunities: Spreading Liberty Amidst Crisis.”
Dr. Mary Ruwart (USA) – health-care expert and author of the superb libertarian primer Healing Our World: The Compassion of Libertarianism (just out in updated fourth edition). She will speak on the FDA and update you on the latest health care “secrets,” including tests to detect cancer before a mammogram or other imaging can. The title of her talk : “How to Lower Health Care Costs 80% Virtually Overnight”
Ken Schoolland (USA) – former economist with the International Trade Commission, and author of the award-winning fable The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible, which has been published in 53 languages! He will speak on the Jones Act, which greatly raises shipping costs in the outlying US states and territories, including Puerto Rico. The title of his talk is: “Protectionism in Peacetime, What Enemies Do in Wartime”
Li Zhao Schoolland (USA/China) – Director of External Relations—Asia Pacific for the Acton Institute and the Founder of TFT Events. She is an independent educator, writer, translator, and event organizer. Mrs. Schoolland survived 26 years through the horrors of Mao’s regime in China. This motivated her to a lifetime of promoting freedom and liberty globally. She arranges translation and publication of libertarian literature in China and coaches parents in raising liberty-minded youth. The title of her talk: “Raising Libertarian Children”
Paul Grant (USA) is a criminal defense and First Amendment Lawyer, oil and gas landman, and longtime libertarian. Paul’s legal career has included success in getting the Supreme Court to strike down laws restricting citizen initiatives which has led to successful citizen initiatives to legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana in a number of states, and has led to legalized casino gambling and other citizen lawmaking. The topic of his talk is : “The U.S. federal criminal legal system is irrevocably broken”
Dr. Hiroshi Yoshida (Japan) – Hiroshi Yoshida is an award-winning Certified Public Accountant and Licensed Tax Accountant with a Ph.D. in Policy Studies from Chiba University of Commerce. He is the President of The Institute of Public Sector Accounting and of The Free Economy Institute in Japan. The title of his talk: “Trade vs Plunder: Market vs Government”
Maria Werlau (USA) – Co-Founder and President of Free Society Project, Inc., a think tank dedicated to advancing human rights primarily through research and scholarship, and Executive Director of its leading initiative, Cuba Archive, developing an archive of the cost in lives of the Cuban revolution and dedicated to the study of human exploitation and transitional justice issues. She is an expert in Latin American affairs —especially on Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Chile. The title of her talk is: “Human Rights in Cuba: Past, Present, Future”
Lucian Toma (Romania/USA) – Permaculture Designer and Sustainability Educator. He has a Master Degree in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development and worked in academic, government, for-profit and non-profit environments with the design, development and implementation of sustainability programs. Currently, he leads the Public Programs and Ecological Design Services at a growing non-profit organization in Southern California. He is also the founder of About and For Sustainability, an organization with the mission to inspire, empower and support individual and community based sustainable permaculture projects around the world. Title of his talk : “Permaculture – empowering individual and community self-reliance”
Jorge Hernandez (Peru) – Peruvian lawyer from San Marcos University. He finished a Masters on Civil Law at Pontificia Universidad Catolica and for 20 years has been a legal advisor to various public entities: FONCODES, PCM, LIMA COUNCIL, MIDIS. He has his own Legal Study in Lima, Peru and defends and promotes libertarian ideals in his country. The title of his talk: “Corruption and liberty in Peru”
Geoffrey Neale (USA) – Geoffrey Neale has been involved in the US Libertarian Party since the early 1980’s in many roles, including California Executive Committee member, Texas Executive Committee member, Texas State Chair, Libertarian National Committee member, and Libertarian National Committee Chair. He currently is treasurer of a libertarian SuperPac and is cofounder and Chairman of the International Alliance of Libertarian Parties. Geoff is originally from England, grew up in California, and is married to Nancy Neale, who’s been active with libertarian causes for longer than Geoff, and is the main reason he joined. Geoff is a former insurance industry executive, has worked extensively in Europe, and is currently the president of a technology consulting firm. The title of his talk is: “Libertarian Philosophy and Libertarian Politics: Allies or Rivals?”
John Carroll (USA) is an attorney in Hawaii and former state senator who has challenged the constitutionality of the Jones Act, a cabotage law that raises the cost of shipping for Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The title of his talk is: “Jones Act Protectionism Unconstitutional”
John Ross Serrano (Puerto Rico) is the founder of the College Republican Federation of Puerto Rico. John is a 2017 J.D. candidate at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law and is currently serving as the National Comptroller of the College Republican National Committee. He is a former Senior Editor of the University of Puerto Rico’s Business Law Journal and the Chairman of the Environmental Section of the University of Puerto Rico’s Student Pro Bono Program. The title of his talk is : “Liberty in Puerto Rico”
Lyudmila Melnikova (Kazakhstan) – The title of her talk is : “Musical Theater of Jonathan Gullible in Kazakhstan”
Kenli Schoolland (USA/Chile) – Kenli first moved down to Chile to work with Sovereign Man, a firm providing international diversification solutions and investment research. Currently she is developing marketing strategy for Crovan Holdings, a private equity and advisory firm. Originally from Hawaii, Kenli has lived and worked in the UK, China, and Chile. She has spoken at seminars and conferences on Economics and Entrepreneurship in Kenya, the Netherlands, Romania, Bulgaria, the UK, China, Chile, and more. Kenli has a masters’ degree on China’s economic development from the London School of Economics.
Title of the talk : “Residency and Business Opportunities in Chile”
Dan Mitchell (USA) – Daniel J. Mitchell is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute who specializes in fiscal policy, particularly tax reform, international tax competition, and the economic burden of government spending. Title of the talk: “Economics of Fiscal Policy”.
Dr. Roberta Muramatsu (Brazil) – Degree in Economics from the University of São Paulo (1996) ; Master’s in Economic Theory from the Institute of Economic Research (IPE) at the University of São Paulo (1999) ; PhD in Economics and Philosophy from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (2006). Researcher at the Mackenzie Center for Economic Freedom. Undergraduate Professor and graduate of Mackenzie Presbyterian University. Experience in theory and economic methodology, with emphasis on theoretical and applied studies of behavioral economics and New Institutional Economics. The title of her talk is : “Digging Deeper into Brazil’s 2014 Presidential Campaign: an account of private contributions and cronyism through the lenses of public choice theory and Austrian economics”
Mikey Arman (USA) – Michael Arman will be speaking on Travel and Liberty.” He is a homeschooled student who has been traveling the world since he was fourteen years old. He is an entrepreneur working alongside his parents at My Magic Mud. One of the founding members of the Bali Society. Michael has gained a love for traveling ever since he went to his first LI conference in 2014. He believes that by traveling abroad you can achieve the highest amount of freedom in this day and age. The title of his talk: “Travel and liberty.”
Toine Manders (Netherlands) – Lawyer, entrepreneur and anti-politician, has built a reputation in the field of tax planning, estate planning, asset protection, trust services and formation and management of companies and trusts for entrepreneurs and consultants as the director of trust firm HJC, which formed about 7000 corporate entities in total. Between 1984 and 1996, HJC advised about 6,000 clients on how to avoid the military draft. One of the major breakthroughs in his work was the Inspire Art decision, in which the European Court of Justice ruled that every entrepreneur in the EU has the freedom to form a company in another member state, and therefore may choose the member state with the most business friendly company law, even if all activities are in his home country.Toine Manders was the leader and chairman of the Libertarian Party of The Netherlands (LPNL). He was the top candidate on the list of LPNL for the Dutch national elections in 1994 and 2012. Manders was interviewed by hundreds of national TV and radio stations, newspapers, magazines and journals. He has been invited to (nationally broadcasted) debates with professors, members of parliament, and other politicians. He spoke at hundreds of seminars for entrepreneurs and their advisors. On 16 June 2017, Manders testified before the Dutch Parliamentary Questioning Committee Tax Schemes. His clear and well-represented counter arguments against the system of taxation have been a hit on social media. Several videos with subtitles in English, Portuguese, Spanish and other languages have gone viral and have been watched over 1.5 million times. The topic of his talk: “Enemy of the state”.
Jan Kuban (Poland) – Jan Kuban (nom de plume – John Freeslow) – scientist and entrepreneur, CEO of Quality Business Software from Warsaw, mountaineer and mountaineering instructor, a traveler, an activist for freedom and economic development, polyglot, coach of young entrepreneurs, creator of Q-Line IT technology, biocybernetics, author of the book “The Physics of Life”. “The guy who bluntly and in plain speech lectures on running your own business and encourages and motivates young listeners to invest in their own personal development. Since April 2016 the President of PAFERE – Polish-American Foundation for Economical Research and Education (pafere.org). The title of his talk : “Socialism versus Subsidiarity and Direct Democracy”
Governor Luis G. Fortuño (Puerto Rico) – Former Governor of Puerto Rico Luis G. Fortuño is a partner in Steptoe’s Washington office, where he is a member of the Corporate, Securities & Finance Group and the Government Affairs and Public Policy Group. He is also involved in Steptoe’s Latin American practice. Under Mr. Fortuño’s leadership as governor, between 2009 and 2013, Puerto Rico implemented the largest tax cut in the territory’s history, right-sized its government, reined in deficit spending, and developed new sources of government revenue. Additionally, Mr. Fortuño’s signature public-private partnerships law paved the way for two of the largest recent infrastructure investments in the US, one in Puerto Rico’s highway system and the island’s main international airport. In the 2004 general elections, Mr. Fortuño was elected as Puerto Rico’s sole representative in the US House of Representatives. His peers in Congress then elected him vice-president of the House Republican freshman class. Mr. Fortuño is a member of the American Law Institute. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of a publicly traded company, Georgetown University’s Latin American Board, and the Board of Directors of the Republican State Leadership Committee, American Action Network, Congressional Leadership Fund and The American Conservative Union, as well as the Advisory Board of the International Republican Institute. The title of his talk: “Expansion of Economic Freedom and Growth Opportunities for Puerto Rico”
Khaliunbat Myagmarjav (Mongolia) – One of the libertarian representatives in Mongolia, founder and CEO of the Silk Road Foundation, which aims to promote free market and free society in Mongolia. He will share his personal story, how he became a libertarian after the fall of the Soviet system in Mongolia and talk about the free market and society situation in Mongolia, and what does the Silk Road Foundation do to contribute in developing the ideas of liberty, free market, free society and limited government. Mongolia, a country with rich history has also a great source of natural resources. The combination of the rich history and natural resources has created a very unique wave of nationalism in Mongolia. He will speak broadly about this with his speech titled, “Resources of nationalism in Mongolia”.
Nick Sarwark (USA) – Born in 1979, Nicholas Sarwark is an unabashed, second generation Libertarian with a strong commitment to fighting on the party’s behalf against unfair ballot access obstacles and exclusion of qualified candidates from public debates. Sarwark has been an active member of the Libertarian Party since 1999 and has served on the Judicial and Bylaws committees of the national party. He also served as chair of the Libertarian Party of Maryland and as vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado where he played a key role in recruiting the state’s 42 Libertarian candidates in 2014 and supported the passage of Colorado’s historic marijuana legalization initiative in 2012. Professionally, Nicholas Sarwark has been a criminal defense attorney and has worked over ten years in the private sector. He served as a deputy public defender in Colorado, trying more than 30 cases before a jury and arguing in front of the Colorado Supreme Court. He also has more than a decade of experience in computer consulting and sales. In 2014 he moved to Arizona with his wife and two children to join in the operations of a family business, the oldest independent auto dealership in Phoenix, founded in 1942. Throughout his career, he developed a commitment to high-quality service which he now applies to raising the national Libertarian Party’s standards for support of state affiliates, members and candidates. The title of his talk : “Promoting Open Borders in an Environment of Fear”
Paul Jacob (USA) is president of the Liberty Initiative Fund, a national organization helping citizens place issues on the ballot to hold politicians accountable, fight crony capitalism and protect our liberties. “If there’s anyone who’s been involved in more citizen initiative campaigns in the history of this country [than Paul Jacob],” said Los Angeles Times reporter Joe Mathews, “I’m not aware of them.” For more than a decade, Paul was the voice of the term limits movement, leading U.S. Term Limits, the nation’s largest such group. Campaigning for term limits, as well as for spending caps, property rights measures and candidate ballot access, Paul has been involved in over 175 statewide petition drives. The title of his talk:”What are YOU going to do about it?”
Rigoberto Stewart (Costa Rica) – senior policy analyst and consultant with 30 years of experience as an agricultural and trade economist and M&E specialist. Since obtaining my Ph.D. in Economics with a strong minor in Statistics, and a post-doctoral fellowship on the economics of agricultural research at the International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT, per the acronyms in Spanish), in Mexico, I have been performing, with passion and commitment, policy analyses and evaluations of projects, programs and policies in the agricultural and trade sectors of mostly Latin American and Caribbean countries. As an advocate for poor countries’ development through improved policies, I have produced and distributed among government officials, academics and the general public material that simplifies the explanation of seemingly complex concepts and issues. One example is my book The Magic and Mystery of Trade, produced during the fierce debate of the free trade agreement between the Dominican Republic, Central America, and the United States. It was well received in high schools, universities (in Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, others) and by government officials, including the legislators and the President of Costa Rica. The title of his talk is:“Individual Liberty: The Spinal Cord of the Wealth Generating System”
Manuel Reyes (Puerto Rico) – Attorney Manuel Reyes Alfonso is the Executive Vice-president of the Puerto Rico Chamber for the Marketing and Distribution of the Food Industry (MIDA) since 2008. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, with a bachelor’s degree in Economics Magna Cum Laude and a Juris Doctor degree Cum Laude. He also holds a Law Degree from the University of Barcelona and a Master’s degree in Business and Maritime Law (LLM) from the Pontifical University of Comillas in Madrid. He began his professional career with his family’s law practice in Bayamón, Puerto Rico and moved on to several executive positions at the Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association (PRMA), the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company(PRIDCO), the Puerto Rico Commercial Office in Madrid in charge of all promotional and investment efforts for the Island in Europe, and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Puerto Rico Chapter. Reyes has represented the interests of the Puerto Rico corporate community in public and private forums, including the legislative, executive and judicial branches of both the Commonwealth and the federal government. He has taught courses at the University of Puerto Rico Law School, the Business Administration Schools in Humacao and in Río Piedras Campuses, as well as in the Criminal Justice Program of the American University in Bayamón. Reyes is a frequent spokesperson for the corporate sector in local, national and international media. The title of his talk is: “Jones Act: Impact on Business in Puerto Rico”
Carlos E. Chardon (Puerto Rico) – Served as State Secretary of Education in Puerto Rico and served in the Puerto Rico State Department, helping to restructure the Council on Education. Chardon is a regular contributor on radio news analysis and author of several books, including two volumes on the origins of the relationship of Puerto Rico and the United States. Referring to the intellectual maestro of the liberty movement in Great Britain after World War II, Alejandro Chafuen, President of the Atlas Network, has called Carlos Chardon, “the closest to Sir Antony Fisher” in Puerto Rico. Topic: “The exception to the rule of law or the corruption of American democracy”
Marc Joffe (USA) – Senior Policy Analyst at the Reason Foundation. After a long career in the financial industry – including a Senior Director role at Moody’s Analytics – Joffe’s research focuses on sovereign and sub-sovereign credit risk and fiscal sustainability. His financial research has been published by the California State Treasurer’s Office, UC Berkeley, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute among others. Joffe is a regular contributor to The Fiscal Timesand his op-eds have also appeared in The Guardian, Bloomberg View and RealClearMarkets. He has an MBA from New York University and an MPA from San Francisco State University. The title of his talk : “Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis: Origins and Solutions”
The conference opens with a cocktail reception at 5:30 pm and buffet dinner at 7 pm on Tuesday, August 8th. The conference will run from 8:30 am until late afternoon on Wednesday through Friday and close with a gala banquet Friday night the 11th. Checkout is the morning of Saturday the 12th. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included. There will also be an open forum and musical entertainment in the evenings.
The full 3+-day conference program and all meals are just $599. The registration page is through the Puerto Rico page. The discount hotel rates are below.
OR, you can extend your stay and join your friends on the three-day post-conference excursions to top sites in beautiful Puerto Rico. Saturday the 12thwill feature a walking tour of Old San Juan, with classic Spanish architecture, a wide choice of restaurants and cafes, and the massive El Moro fort. Sunday will be a hike through the El Yunque rain forest, and Monday will feature a cruise on a catamaran with swimming and snorkeling and will include food and drinks on the boat. Checkout would be Tuesday the 15th.
The three days of excursions are $225. Meals (except for the boat cruise) and hotel nights are extra.
The conference site is the Fajardo Inn, located in Fajardo, a little east of San Juan and near the ocean. There are two restaurants, bars, two big pools, lush tropical gardens, tennis courts, mini-golf, fitness center, salon and more!
The discount conference rate for the hotel is $65 per person/per night shared room (2 queen beds) or $118 per night with one queen bed (single or friendly couples). Price includes tax. This rate is good before and after the conference, so you may consider coming in a little early or staying over for more leisure or seeing additional sites.
The hotel website is www.fajardoinn.com. Please make your own reservations by phone. Tel: +787-860-6000 ext. 0. And tell them our discount code “Liberty17”. Please let us know that you have registered.
Transportation: Please let us know your arrival and departure times and flight information, and we will do our best to coordinate inexpensive group transportation between the airport and Fajardo Inn (about 30 miles).
Over the years we have provided hundreds of conference scholarships to students and young activists. We provide their hotel, meals and program, but they are responsible for their own travel. This ensures a firm commitment to fully participate in the conference.
The LI conference experience has inspired many of them to become leaders in the liberty movement, forming or expanding networks, organizations and publications, or becoming professors, journalists, entrepreneurs, or running for office. In fact, a few of our Puerto Rico speakers are past scholarship recipients!
We have about a dozen select students who are eager to attend, but cannot afford the full expenses. And while most of our speakers are paying their own travel and registrations with institutional or personal funding, we have a few who will need help.
The top one is Leonardo Brito, president of the Bastiat Society of Venezuela, who will speak on the economic and political disaster in his country.
Another is Maria Werlau, president of the Free Society Project in Miami, (which like LI has a thin budget), who is an expert on the bloody Castro regime, as well as Venezuela and Puerto Rico.
And there is Immanuel Anoba with African Liberty in Lagos, Nigeria. He will be covering his own travel from Nigeria to Washington, DC for an internship with Competitive Enterprise Institute, but will need assistance to make it to Puerto Rico. He is likely to be our sole representative for the African continent.
We are seeking $20,000 in support of the Conference Scholarship Fund for the students and these few speakers. Any amount will be helpful. These contributions are tax-deductible in the USA.
Program Schedule :
(The dates and programme indicated may be subject to change, which means they are not definite yet.)
Two people are scheduled to present in each 90 minute time block: