Who are we?

Established in 1969, Liberty International is the oldest organization promoting libertarianism worldwide. Our purpose is to bring liberty to every corner of the world by sharing the philosophy and benefits of freedom, with special emphasis on educating newcomers. We spread liberty and foster a global network of freedom champions, empowering them to become change agents in their own countries.

What is our background?

Founded in 1969, Liberty International has gone through a number of name changes including being formerly known as the International Society for Individual Liberty, and Libertarian International.

Liberty International was one of the very first liberty movement organizations to penetrate Eastern Europe, before and after the fall of Berlin Wall.

Because of its unique, compassionate messaging and ability to work within authoritarian regimes, Liberty International managed to ship books, pamphlets, and other publications into risky environments including Poland, Czechoslovakia and pre-reform China.

After the collapse of communism in Europe, Liberty International reacted swiftly to distribute liberty movement writings, especially through its acquisition of the bookstore, Freedom’s Forum Books, in San Francisco, and eventual revival of Laissez Faire Books, shipping quantities of books to fledgling think tanks in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, and Lithuania, and sponsoring international conferences in several of these countries.

What do we do?

Liberty International educates through international conferences, liberty camps, and publications in print and online media.

Our core outreach program is our very popular annual international conference. Since 1982, we have held 33 conferences, 30 of them outside the U.S., with many of them across Europe, plus North and Central America, South Africa, New Zealand, China, and most recently in Bali, Indonesia.




Board of Directors

Chair, Mary Ruwart
President, Jacek Spendal
Executive Director, Jim Elwood
VP for International Relations, Ken Schoolland
Secretary, James Lark
Treasurer, Dave Walter
Kyle Varner
Per Bylund
Lobo Tiggre

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