Friday, August 31, 2018

Libertarian calendar for August 2018

August 1
Arlington, VA

Janus case
7:30 am

Leadership Institute Breakfast
1101 N. Highland Street

Mark Mix

President, President of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation
Mark Mix is President of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. He also serves as President of the National Right to Work Committee, a 2.8 million member public policy organization.
He became President of the Foundation in 2003. Under the leadership of Mr. Mix, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation has continued to provide unparalleled free legal assistance to workers and has utilized cutting-edge legal strategies to protect workers from the abuses of compulsory unionism.
Mr. Mix frequently appears on national television shows including Fox News Channel's Your World: With Neil CavutoGlenn Beck and Fox & Friends, and has also appeared multiple times on CNBC and CNN. Mr. Mix also often serves as a guest on nationally-syndicated radio shows such as the The Lars Larson ShowJason Lewis ShowMichael Reagan Show and the Jim Bohannon Show.
Mr. Mix's writings have appeared in national outlets such as the Wall Street JournalWashington TimesInvestors Business DailyWashington Examiner and National Review. His pieces have also been featured in widely-read regional publications across the country including the Detroit Free Press, the Orange County Register and the Detroit News.
Mr. Mix is also a sought after speaker on political technology and grass-roots lobbying tactics. He often travels across the country, speaking and training participants in the political process.
Mark Mix holds a BA in Finance from James Madison University and an Associate Degree in Marketing from the State University of New York. Prior to joining the National Right to Work Committee in 1990, Mr. Mix worked for several state-level Right to Work groups. He joined the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation in 1999.

August 2-4
San Diego, CA

CATO University
Rancho Bernardo Inn
17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive
History is indispensable to understanding and defending liberty under our constitutionally limited, representative government. And at the core of that history are the philosophical beliefs and values on which the American republic was founded. Cato University’s College of History and Philosophy brings these two powerful subjects together to explore the foundations of liberty and justice, of wealth and poverty, of individual rights and the rule of law.


Thursday, August 2
3:00 – 6:00PMRegistration
6:30 – 7:30PMReception
7:30 – 9:30PMHistory and the Science of Liberty

In his 1775 “Give Me Liberty” speech, Patrick Henry told the Virginia Convention “I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.” History shows that the story of human progress is the story of liberty. Among all the social sciences, history has a special place, for the key to understanding institutions, governments, laws, and the economic, social, and legal experience of liberty is in history.

Dinner Speaker: Tom G. Palmer, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, and Director of Cato University

Friday, August 3
8:00 – 9:00AMBreakfast
9:00 – 10:15AMThe Experience of Liberty

Is the idea of liberty just an idea thought up by clever philosophers, or have a few philosophers formulated theories about a particular kind of human experience—the experience of living as a free human being? Survey the history of liberty over 4,600 years and see how, as Thucydides taught, history is philosophy teaching by example.

Speaker: Tom G. Palmer, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, and Director of Cato University
10:15 – 10:45AMBreak
10:45 – 12:00PMThe American Enlightenment and Revolution

In 1815 John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson, ““What do we mean by the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the Revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it.” Follow the story of the American Enlightenment and its heroes from the earliest days of the British colonies to American Independence.

Speaker: Robert McDonald, Professor of History, United States Military Academy
12:00 – 1:30PMLunch
1:30 – 2:45PMThe Libertarian Synthesis

The philosophy of liberty emerged from the enjoyment of liberties, as thinkers in morality, social science, history, and law saw common patterns and reinforcing insights. Libertarianism (historically known as “liberalism”) began to emerge in the early modern period, but its framework has become the operating system of the modern world. Libertarian ideas of individual rights, spontaneous social order, and the rule of law emerged as part of a mutually reinforcing synthesis.

Speaker: Tom G. Palmer, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, and Director of Cato University
2:45 – 3:15PMBreak
3:15 – 4:30PMThe Evolution of the Ideas of Liberty

The fascinating story of the history of the ideas of liberty involves both intellectual debate and institutional evolution; the shift from “liberties” to liberty is an exciting story that transformed the world.

Speaker: Jacob Levy, Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory, McGill University
4:30PMFree Time
6:00 – 7:00PMReception
7:00 – 9:00PMWar, Foreign Affairs, and American Government

Foreign military interventionism has been a primary driver of the loss of domestic liberty and the growth of the state, and libertarians should retain their skepticism of such interventions. On the other hand, U.S. cultural engagement through trade and peaceful exchange is consistent with the Founders’ vision and would serve us well today.

Dinner Speaker: Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute

Saturday, August 4
8:00 – 9:00AMBreakfast
9:00 – 10:15AMLibertarian Conceptions of Order

It’s common to think that order must be created, instilled, imposed, but in fact most of the forms of order that structure our lives emerge spontaneously, without conscious planning or imposition. Language, markets, morals, and even laws can-and-do evolve without design and are all the more orderly for it.

Speaker: Jacob Levy, Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory, McGill University
10:15 – 10:45AMBreak
10:45 – 12:00PMAmerica to the Civil War and Beyond

American history is a story of liberty, but also of oppression and violence. The growth of the new republic and the emerging conflict over the great contradiction of slavery will be detailed, with special attention to the libertarians who led the charge against that horror, as well as the terrible war that tore the nation apart and the conflicts over freedom until the Great War.

Speaker: Robert McDonald, Professor of History, United States Military Academy
12:00 – 1:30PMLunch
1:30 – 2:45PM Peace and Toleration

Religious toleration is one of the great wellsprings of liberty, perhaps the most significant in European history. The emergence of peaceful coexistence and the ideas and the institutions that fostered it are central to the libertarian tradition.

Speaker: Jacob Levy, Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory, McGill University
2:45 – 3:15PMBreak
3:15 – 4:30PMTransformations of American Government from WWI to Today

Contemporary American government is addicted to welfare statism and never-ending wars. The roots of the welfarewarfare-state will be connected to earlier conflicts and traced up to “compassionate conservatism” and Obamacare, the wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan, and the current stresses and strains on the American constitutional order.
Speaker: Robert McDonald, Professor of History, United States Military Academy
4:30PMFree Time
6:30 – 7:30PMReception
7:30 – 9:30PMThe Future History of Liberty

The failures of grand narratives that claim to know the future are instructive and offer us insights, not only into the nature of history and freedom, but to how we can exercise our freedoms to secure a future of liberty, peace, limited government, and prosperity.

Dinner Speaker: Jason Kuznicki, Editor, Cato Unbound

August 12
Sharon Springs, NY

Larry Sharpe campaign event
2-4 pm
Sharon Springs Free Library

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Judge Andrew Napolitano on Trump, SCOTUS, and the Return of Freedom Watch

Swedish lessons

Johan Norberg
Johan Norberg, a Swedish television journalist and policy analyst (imagine an intellectual Ryan Seacrest), has produced a documentary, Sweden: Lessons for America?, with the American non-profit Milton Friedman inspired group Free to Choose media.

Paradoxically, given Sweden's mythic status as an idyllic social democracy in the minds of many Americans, Norberg says the lessons learned are that the United States - if it wants to be a country with a highly literate, long-lived, healthy, wealthy population - should embrace the free market and become more libertarian.

Sweden has in the past two decades privatized the provision of most social services in its generous welfare state, for example shifting its entire education system to vouchers, which can be used at public or private schools, with parents able to send their children to any school, even in cities other than where they live.  Half of all schools are now private.

Anders Chydenius

Norberg also investigates how Sweden became wealthy before it created its welfare state in the 1950s:  it had more than a century of laissez faire liberalism, during which time it leapt from being one of the poorest countries with a population with relatively short lifespans to being the 4th wealthiest and one of the healthiest.  He unearths a heretofore little known (outside of Sweden) public intellectual, the pastor and journalist Anders Chydenius, who lived in the Swedish empire (in an area that is now Finland), and articulated ideas about competition, competitive advantage, and the gains of trade that were later made famous by Adam Smith.  Chydenius came up with these ideas first, but only promoted free markets (including granting private property to peasants) in the Swedish language, so that the English speaking world had to re-discover them later on its own.  To this day, though it has a variety of labor market regulations, Sweden has no minimum wage laws.

The documentary is timed, paced, and formatted perfectly for television.  School Inc., an earlier project by the Free to Choose group, on the school choice movement, caused gnashing of teeth by "progressives" and opponents of school choice who believe politically incorrect fare should be banned from PBS and other government funded media.

"Sweden: Lessons for America?" caused its own controversy this week as the opening entry into the libertarian film competition, the 8th Anthem Film Festival, part of the 17th FreedomFest conference held annually in Las Vegas, a kind of Burning Man for gold bugs who want to keep their clothes on and stay indoors.  In a Q&A panel afterwords, the Wall Street Journal's John Fund observed that the film avoided Sweden's response to mass immigration and what lesson America should be learning from that.  One audience member pointed out that there are now Swedish neighborhoods unsafe for a Jewish person to walk through, which another panelist hotly disputed.  (One of 22 films screened, "Sweden" did not win any of the prizes awarded.)

Both the Anthem Film Festival and FreedomFest, organized by hard money advocate and investment advice author Mark Skousen ran through Saturday night, with 2,000, older, well-healed, libertarian-leaning attendees.  C-Span's Peter Slen (as well as the internet channel ReasonTV) interviewed speakers at FreedomFest, who included Patrick Byrne, founder of, Steve Forbes, and keynote speaker George F. Will, Whole Foods founder John Mackey, former Governor Gary Johnson, and former Governor William Weld.  Fox News contributor John Stossel was replaced at the last minute, due to an accident resulting in a broken jaw, with a debate on the pros and cons of President Donald Trump, a repeat of a popular and hotly disputed panel held here in 2016.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Libertarian calendar for July 2018

July 16-22
Dunkirk, NY

Libertarian Party booth at Chautauqua County Fair

Chautauqua County Fair
1089 Central Ave, Dunkirk, New York 14048

July 21
Jamestown, NY

Libertarian picnic
1pm - 7 pm

2486 Falconer-Frewsburg Road
Jamestown, NY 14701-9252

July 21
Calgary, Canada

Capitalism and Morality

The greatest annual libertarian gathering on the West Coast!
Excellent speakers and cool people from all over the world.
Organized by the great Jayant Bhandari

Get all the details here!

Note: it's not a free event. You have to buy tickets. But it's worth every penny!

SFU Segal Graduate School of Business
500 Granville Street · Vancouver, BC
July 22
Phoenix, Arizona

Libertarian monthly dinner
6:00 pm

July 24
Jamestown, NY

Larry Sharpe at the American Legion
6-8 pm

Herman Kent Celoron Legion Post 777
26 Jackson Ave, Jamestown, New York 14701


July 24
Washington, D.C.

Should Cryptocurrencies Be Regulated like Securities?

Capitol Hill Briefing 

12:00PM to 1:00PM EDT
2045 Rayburn House Office Building 
Featuring Diego Zuluaga, Policy Analyst, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, Cato Institute; Brian Knight, Director of the Program on Financial Regulation and Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center; moderated by Matt Weibel, Director of Government Affairs, Cato Institute. 
Cryptocurrencies are now a $270 billion market, and initial coin offerings (ICOs) raised more than $8 billion in the first five months of 2018. What is the appropriate regulatory framework for this emerging financial technology? In this Capitol Hill briefing, Cato’s Diego Zuluaga and Mercatus’ Brian Knight will address whether and how cryptocurrencies might be determined to be securities, the role of cryptocurrencies in value creation, and the use of ICOs as fundraising vehicles. Zuluaga will outline a regulatory framework for securing innovation while ensuring protection against fraud and crime.
If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch it live online at and join the conversation on Twitter using #CatoHillEvents. Follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute.

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