LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL WORLD CONFERENCE
AUGUST 12 TO 16 2021

¡WELCOME!

Liberty International invites you to its 35th World Conference in Medellin, Colombia, from August 12-16, 2021. Our World Conferences are “family affairs” where the world’s most innovative libertarian minds connect and create lifelong friendships. This event will inspire entrepreneurial endeavors as a foundation for freedom and economic prosperity for years to come. Please join us in creating a beacon of liberty that gives hope to the oppressed, opportunity to the impoverished, and freedom to those longing to be free.

Market Alternatives to Government

Medellin, Colombia

We hope to integrate the champions of freedom from around the continent, to be an inspiring torch to entrepreneurs and a lighthouse to the oppressed, and to establish relationships to create a bigger impact on political and economic stability as well as cultural exchange. We provide all of this with the goal of constructing market alternatives to government that can be implemented in the continent and help liberty to flourish.

Speakers

Ken Schoolland is an Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at Hawaii Pacific University. He is on the Board of Scholars of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, and formerly President of Liberty International and Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Hawaii. Schoolland authored The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey, published in 80+ editions in 50+ languages and performed in theatrical productions across Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Johan Norberg is an award-winning historian of ideas from Sweden and a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. He has achieved a worldwide readership with books like Progress and In Defence of Global Capitalism, translated into more than 25 languages. His most recent book is Open: The Story of Human Progress – a book of the year in The Economist, which described it as “clear, colourful and convincing”. He regularly hosts documentaries on development and economics for US public television, including Economic Freedom in Action, The Real Adam Smith and Sweden: Lessons for America?

Doug Casey is best known as a speculator, economic commentator, and author of seven books. His first book, “The International Man”, sold tens of thousands of copies around the world, and was the largest selling book in the history of Rhodesia—a record that will never be broken.  His second, “Crisis Investing” was on the New York Times bestseller list for 29 weeks, including 11 weeks at #1. His third book, “Strategic Investing”, reached #7 on the NYT list. He’s currently completing a series of six novels reforming the reputations of politically incorrect occupations. The first, “Speculator” was released in July of 2016; the second, ”Drug Lord”, in September 2017; the third, “Assassin” out since July 2020 .

He has been a featured guest on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including David Letterman, Merv Griffin, Charlie Rose, Phil Donahue, Regis Philbin, Maury Povich, NBC News and CNN, and has been the topic of numerous features in periodicals such as Time, Forbes, People and the Washington Post. He is also the founder of the Eris Society, a non-profit organization that for 30 years brought together hundreds of the world’s leading thinkers on a wide range of eclectic topics related to the arts, sciences, technology, finance and medicine. His website, InternationalMan.com, sponsors a variety of publications and has a daily audience in excess of 100,000 largely high-net-worth investors. His youtube channel is “Doug Casey’s Take”

Mr. Casey has visited over 155 countries, most of them several times, and lived in ten. He has been active in polo, skydiving, martial arts, scuba, auto racing and competitive shooting. He lives mainly in Cafayate Argentina, Punta del Este Uruguay, and Aspen Colorado.

John Dana Chisholm, an entrepreneur, CEO, and investor for over 30 years, heads John Chisholm Ventures, a San Francisco-based startup advisory and angel investment firm. He is the author of Unleash Your Inner Company, a popular guide to discovering, launching, and scaling your ideal business.

He founded and served as CEO/chairman of Decisive Technology (now part of Google), a pioneer in online surveys, and of CustomerSat (now part of Confirmit), a leading provider in enterprise feedback management. He started his career in engineering and management positions at GE and HP, followed by consulting to high-tech companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Xerox, and Netapp.

He is a member of the MIT Corporation (board of trustees); a trustee of the Santa Fe Institute; past president and chair of the worldwide MIT Alumni Association; and former trustee of The Seasteading Institute. He serves or has served on advisory boards of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research, Atlas Network, and Antigua Forum, and chaired the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society.

He writes and speaks frequently on what forms of regulation promote, and what forms stifle, entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic growth. He has served on the Global Partners Council of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and as mentor or judge for the Hult Prize, the European Innovation Academy, and Thiel Fellowship. He contributes to Forbes.

A former mountain climber, he has summited Mounts Rainier, Shasta, Whitney, St. Helens, and volcan Villarica, a live volcano in Chile.

Dr. Mary J. Ruwart is a research scientist, ethicist, and a libertarian author/activist. She is best known for her book, “Healing Our World,” which cities over 1,000 studies showing how liberty works in the toughest testing ground of all---the real world. She is also the author of “Short Answers to the Tough Questions” and “Death by Regulation.” Currently, Dr. Ruwart serves as Chair of Liberty International.”

Jeffrey A. Singer is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and works in the Department of Health Policy Studies. He is principal and founder of Valley Surgical Clinics, Ltd., the largest and oldest group private surgical practice in Arizona, and has been in private practice as a general surgeon for more than 35 years. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors of the American Council on Science and Health. From 1994-2016 he was a regular contributor to Arizona Medicine, the journal of the Arizona Medical Association. He served on the Advisory Board Council of the Center for Political Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University from 2014-2018 and is an adjunct instructor in the Program on Political History and Leadership at ASU. He writes and speaks extensively on regional and national public policy, with a specific focus on the areas of health care policy and the harmful effects of drug prohibition. He received his B.A. from Brooklyn College (CUNY) and his M.D. from New York Medical College. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Antonella Marty is from Rosario, Argentina. Antonella is the Director at the Center for Latin American Studies at Fundación Libertad (Argentina). and the Associate Director at the Center for Latin America at Atlas Network (Washington, DC). Antonella received her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Universidad Abierta Interamericana (Argentina). She has worked at the Cato Institute, The IFEF and Cedice Libertad. Antonella became the first Regional Director for Argentina and also for countries like Chile, Argentina and Uruguay when Students for Liberty was in its very beginnings and she also became a member of the first Executive Board for SFL (EsLibertad). Antonella published her first book *The Intellectual Populist Dictatorship* (2015) with Unión Editorial, her second book *What Every Revolutionary of The 21st Century Should Know* (2018) and the third book *Capitalism: an antidote against poverty *(2019).

Hector Naupari is a lawyer, essayist and poet. He is President of the Institute of Human Action Studies. He has been President of the Latin American Liberal Network. He is the author of the book of poems "Malevolent your absence", and the book of essays "Liberalism is freedom", among others. Naupari graduated in Law and Political Science in 1996 at the National University of San Marcos, has completed Master's studies in Civil and Commercial Law. He is a candidate for a Doctor of Law from the University of Salamanca, Spain.

Dr. Lark currently serves as a professor in the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment and the Applied Mathematics Program of the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. He is the author of publications in mathematics, operations research, and artificial intelligence. He serves as secretary of Liberty International. He is a member of the Libertarian National Committee of the United States Libertarian Party; he served as the Party’s national chair during the 2000-2002 term. He is the LNC’s representative to the International Alliance of Libertarian Parties. He is a member of the Board of Advisors to Students For Liberty. He served as chairman of the Advocates for Self-Government from 2009 until 2016.

Dr. Bylund is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Records-Johnston Professor in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. He is also a Fellow of the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, and an associate fellow of the Ratio Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

Among his books, Bylund authored The Seen, the Unseen, and the Unrealized: How Regulations Affect Our Everyday Lives and edited Sådan är kapitalismen, an anthology in Swedish on free-market ideas with chapters by Margaret Thatcher, Johan Norberg, Gunnar Hökmark, and others. The latter was released as part of the Stockholm edition of the 2002 Walk for Capitalism, which Bylund organized.

Bylund has been a writer and activist in the libertarian movement since the mid-1990s. He was co-founder of Anarchism.net in 1999 and the founding editor of Svenska Libertarianskt Forum (2002-2004). He is presently a writer primarily on economic matters, has a monthly column in Entrepreneur.

Christopher LINGLE earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Georgia in 1977 & has been employed at universities in Africa, Asia, Europe, LatinAmerica & the USA. As a passionate supporter of human creativity & voluntary actions contributing to social harmony, he travels relentlessly to discuss the impact of institutions & public policy on human liberty & personal dignity. He is Visiting Professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala (since 1998), Adjunct Scholar at the Centre for Independent Studies (Sydney), Research Scholar at the Centre for CivilSociety (New Delhi), International Political Economic Advisor for the AsianInstitute for Diplomacy & International Affairs (AIDIA – Kathmandu) & Senior Fellow at Advocata Institute (Colombo, Sri Lanka). His research interests are in the areas of Political Economy & International Economics with a focus on emerging market economies & public policy reform in East & Central Europe, East Asia, Latin America & Southern Africa.

David G. Vequist IV, Ph.D. is the founder and Director of the Center for Medical Tourism Research (CMTR) - the very first academic research center devoted to medical tourism research (www.medicaltourismresearch.org). He is also a Tenured Full Professor of Management in the H-E-B School of Business & Administration at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A. His center has held several medical tourism research conferences around the world and has consulted with companies, countries and NGOs.

He is an accomplished speaker, author, researcher and futurist on the topic of healthcare trends, medical & retirement tourism, health, technologies, social media analytics, training, development, leadership, and technology management. He has presented on five continents, consulted with Fortune 500 corporations, NGOs (like the UN), and has also produced numerous articles, papers, and book chapters, as well as being interviewed in publications

Dr. Antonio Saravia is Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the Study of Economics and Liberty at Mercer University. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Arizona State University, an M.A. in Economics from Georgetown University, and a B.S. in Economics from Bolivian Catholic University. His work has appeared in highly ranked academic journals such as Review of Development Economics, Constitutional Political Economy and The Cato Journal among others. Dr. Saravia is a frequent speaker in college campuses and conferences around the world. He is also a recurrent commentator for major media outlets such as CNN, NPR, Fox News, etc.

Henrique Schneider is the deputy CEO of the Swiss federation of small and medium enterprises (sgv). In this position, he represents the largest umbrella organization of the Swiss economy in different working and expert groups, regulatory bodies as well as non-executive boards. Especially, he is a voting member in the Swiss Competition Commission (an equivalent to the Federal Trading Commission FTC). In addition, he is professor for economics at Nordakademie, University of Applied Sciences, in Elmshorn, Germany.

Henrique is a frequent public speaker in Europe, Asia, and the US and writes regular opinion pieces in newspapers in Europe and Asia. Applying Austrian thinking to actual issues, his most recent books are: “Introducing the Political Philosophy of Hanfei” (2018), “Creative Destruction and the Sharing Economy” (2017); “Uber: Innovation in Society” (2017)”. Presently, he is working on the economic effects of artificial intelligence and on productivity.

Henrique studied economics in Switzerland, Germany, China, the US, and Austria.

Jacek Spendel is the current president of Liberty International, as an experienced manager in the libertarian think-tank world. In 2012, he founded Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation where he is CEO and runs a number of projects with Project Arizona as the most successful one. Simultaneously with his libertarian activism, he ran a pizza business in Katowice between 2014-2017. He studied social sciences at the University of Silesia, Jagiellonian University, and Georgetown University. Spendel is an Alumnus of Atlas Network’s Think-Tank MBA (2013) and The Fund of American Studies programs in Prague (2008) and Washington, DC (2009). Currently, he and his wife Magda divide their time between Phoenix, AZ, and Wrocław in southwestern Poland.

Marc J. Victor is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist by The Arizona Board of Legal Specialization Admitted in Arizona & Hawaii. Marc has been zealously representing clients in serious state and federal criminal law matters for well over twenty-five years. As a long time freedom activist, Mr. Victor is regularly invited to speak to audiences across Arizona on a variety of issues including ending the drug war, the rights of gun owners, the free market, criminal justice issues as well as a variety of other criminal law related issues.

His jury trial experience includes several murder trials including death eligible matters as well as complex sex and drug cases including both state and federal courts. He has also successfully argued before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Mr. Victor has been quoted locally, nationally and internationally on radio, television, in print and in person as a legal commentator and expert on many local and national cases.

Enrique Ghersi is a lawyer specialized in Economic Analysis of Law and Economic Criminal Law. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the Royal Economic Society. He has been Deputy for Lima and a member of the Bicameral Budget Commission. He is co-author of The Other Path. Ghersi graduated in law in 1986 at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, where he also has a Master's in Civil Law. He was a candidate for a Doctor of Law from the National University of San Marcos, where he also studied between 2002 and 2003 studies for Doctor of Philosophy.

Francisco's passions revolve around economy and history. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Lafayette College, he developed an intrinsic knowledge of financial crises. It started in 1994 with Mexico, experienced first-hand crises in Venezuela (95), Asia (97), Russia (98), Argentina (99), Ecuador (00), Dominican Republic (05) and finally the US. UU. (08). After having actively promoted and helped implement the dollarization of Ecuador in 2000, Austria's economic cycle theory was convinced as the most logical explanation for the predictability of financial crises and the boom and bust cycle.

As a young university professor, Francisco started Fundación Libertad, dedicated to promoting public policies. After Ecuador, he continued to apply his "Austrian" principles to investment: first with Van Eck Capital, then with Greylock Capital, both in New York. He left Greylock in 2005, correctly forecasting excess liquidity and the possible crisis. He moved to Houston to start with LatAm Partners. Since then call Katy, Texas home. He has an MBA at Jones School of Rice University and is active in many fields of interest.

Francisco, through pacomedia.org intends to educate through videos and audiovisual media.

Professor of Chiba University of Commerce. Hiroshi Yoshida is a pioneer of governmental accounting. His point is that it is incorrect for a government to treat public goods as its own assets. Instead, public goods should be taxpayers’ properties. Public goods need to be shifted to the taxpayers’ balance sheet from the government balance sheet. After this shift, the difference between whatever remains on government assets and liability is the balance which needs to be fulfilled by “future tax” to be imposed on taxpayers.

He emphasizes the importance of creating “Performance report” for the government. The Performance Report shows how well or how bad the government managed taxpayers money to meet social demand. It is the government’s responsibility to produce satisfactory results for taxpayers.

Hiroshi has won the academic award for his book “Theory of Public Sector Accounting” from JICPA (Japanese Institute of Certified Accountants).

José Luis Cordeiro is an engineer, economist, futurist, and transhumanist, who has worked on different areas including economic development, international relations, Latin America, the European Union, monetary policy, comparison of constitutions, energy trends, cryonics, and longevity.[1][2] Books he has authored include The Great Taboo, Constitutions Around the World: A Comparative View from Latin America, and (in Spanish) El Desafio Latinoamericano ("The Latin American challenge") and La Muerte de la Muerte ("The death of death").

President of the Polish-American Foundation for Economic Research and Education, an entrepreneur, a cybernetic specialist. Author of the books "The Physics of Life", "The 59 keys for understanding the beginning of life" and "The Backdrop of Polish Democracy. Citizen versus System". Owner of an IT company.

Toine Manders (1969), a Dutch 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 of the Libertarian Party of The Netherlands (LPNL) from 1994 to 2016. He was the top candidate on the list of LPNL for the Dutch national elections in 1994 and 2012. Since 2017, he serves as vice chairman of the International Alliance of Libertarian Parties (IALP).

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. In 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 millions of times.

The Program

Thursday 12

Friday 13

Saturday 14

Sunday 15

Monday 16

Registration

VIP

Early bird ends on May 25th

Early bird: $1.300 USD
Late comers: $1.600 USD

Experience Liberty International World Conference on another level. Stay in an amazing suite, have a VIP dinner with key speakers, make high-level networking connections at the event, and enjoy all activities throughout the conference.

Includes: single accommodation suite, welcome kit, meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks), and pick up and drop off at the airport.

Special price for couples for an extra $1,100 USD.

PLATINUM

Early bird ends on May 25th

Early Bird: $700 USD
Late Comers: $900 USDD

Join us in Medellin to enjoy all the lectures and activities of Liberty International World Conference, meet amazing freedom fighters, and learn more about the ideals of liberty.

Includes: Double accommodation, meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, excludes dinner Friday), and pick up and drop off at the airport.

Single accommodation for an extra $150 USD.

ECONOMY

Standard price: $300 USD

Designed for those who would like to attend only the lectures. Lunch and snacks included.

Does not include accommodation or other activities related to the conference.

About Our Venue

Medellín is waiting for you

Hotel San Fernando Plaza Medellín

Medellín City.

The vibrant city of Medellin waits for you! Medellin is known as the city of flowers for its spring-like weather. You will enjoy a rich culture, local cuisine, and spectacular views in one of the most popular neighborhoods of Medellin. Speakers from different parts of the world will join us for lectures, panel discussions, Q&A Sessions, and casual networking activities throughout the conference.

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Travel & Visas

Flights

There are several airlines that fly to Medellin, Colombia (airport code: MDE) directly from the United States, Spain, Panama, Peru, and Ecuador. You can also make a connection in Bogota (BOG) where there are more direct international routes.

Visas

Some nationalities require a visa to visit Colombia. You can check if this is the case for your country by clicking here

Organizers

Liberty International
(Main Organizer)

Liberty International is the organization promoting libertarianism around the world since 1969, over 34 world conferences in 25 countries. Bringing liberty to every corner of the world by sharing the philosophy and benefits of freedom, with special emphasis on educating newcomers. LI spreads liberty and fosters a global network of freedom champions, empowering them to become change agents in their own countries.

Movimiento Libertario Colombia
(Host of the Conference)

The Libertarian Movement of Colombia is a citizen movement of action; MLC believes that the best way to build society is through private voluntary actions and peaceful coexistence. Promoting freedom by exposing ideas of economic and individual liberty. Special focus on students, entrepreneurs, businessmen and libertarians.

The Future Starts on
August 12th

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