PROGRAM

March 2-4, 2018
washington, dc

PROGRAM

March 2-4, 2018
washington, dc

SPEAKERS
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Yaron Brook

Yaron Brook

Yaron Brook is chairman of the board of the Ayn Rand Institute. He wears many hats at the institute and travels extensively as ARI’s spokesman.

Brook can be heard weekly on The Yaron Brook Show, which airs live on the BlogTalkRadio podcast. He is also a frequent guest on national radio and television programs.

An internationally sought-after speaker and debater, Brook also pens works that make one think. As coauthor, with Don Watkins, of the national best-seller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government, Brook and Watkins argue that the answer to our current economic woes lies not in "trickle-down government" but in Rand's inspiring philosophy of capitalism and self-interest. Last year, Brook and Watkins released a new book, Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality, a book that shows the real key to making America a freer, fairer, more prosperous nation is to protect and celebrate the pursuit of success―not pull down the high fliers in the name of equality. Brook is also contributing author to Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea, Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism and Big Tent: The Story of the Conservative Revolution — As Told by the Thinkers and Doers Who Made It Happen. He was a columnist at Forbes.com, and his articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily and many other publications.

Brook was born and raised in Israel. He served as a first sergeant in Israeli military intelligence and earned a BSc in civil engineering from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. In 1987 he moved to the United States where he received his MBA and PhD in finance from the University of Texas at Austin; he became an American citizen in 2003. For seven years he was an award-winning finance professor at Santa Clara University, and in 1998 he cofounded BH Equity Research, a private equity and hedge fund manager, of which he is managing founder and director.

Brook serves on the boards of the Ayn Rand Institute, the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism and CEHE (Center for Excellence in Higher Education), and he is a member of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and the Mont Pelerin Society.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Essayist, scholar, statistician, and former trader and risk analyst

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Essayist, scholar, statistician, and former trader and risk analyst

Nassim Nicholas Taleb spent 21 years as a risk taker (quantitative  trader) before becoming a researcher in philosophical, mathematical and (mostly) practical problems with probability.

Taleb is the author of a multivolume essay, the Incerto (The Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness, Antifragile, and Skin in the Game) covering broad facets of uncertainty. It has been translated into 36 languages.

In addition to his trader life, Taleb has also written, as a backup of the Incerto, more than 50 scholarly papers in statistical physics, statistics, philosophy, ethics, economics, international affairs, and quantitative finance, all around the notion of risk and probability.

Taleb is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering (only a quarter time position) [and, finance related bio only: scientific advisor for Universa Investments]. His current focus is on the properties of systems that can handle disorder ("antifragile").

Taleb refuses all honors and anything that "turns knowledge into a spectator sport".

Lawrence W. Reed

President - Foundation For Economic Education

Lawrence W. Reed

President - Foundation For Economic Education

Lawrence W. (“Larry”) Reed became president of FEE in 2008 after serving as chairman of its board of trustees in the 1990s and both writing and speaking for FEE since the late 1970s. Prior to becoming FEE’s president, he served for 20 years as president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. He also taught economics full-time from 1977 to 1984 at Northwood University in Michigan and chaired its department of economics from 1982 to 1984.

He holds a B.A. in economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. degree in history from Slippery Rock State University (1978), both in Pennsylvania. He holds two honorary doctorates, one from Central Michigan University (public administration, 1993) and Northwood University (laws, 2008).

A champion for liberty, Reed has authored over 1,000 newspaper columns and articles and dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the…

Tom G. Palmer

Executive vice president for international programs - Atlas Network

Tom G. Palmer

Executive vice president for international programs - Atlas Network

Dr. Tom G. Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at Atlas Network and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. On Nov. 10, 2016, Dr. Tom G. Palmer was named the George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty at Atlas Network.

He is also a senior fellow at Cato Institute and director of Cato University. Before joining Cato, he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, as well as 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, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesDie WeltCaixingAl Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism(2011), After the Welfare State (2012), Why Liberty (2013), Peace, Love & Liberty (2014), and Self-Control or State Control? You Decide (2016). Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.

Zach Harvey

Zach Harvey

Zach and his brother Josh began working with Bitcoin in 2011. At the time the two of them had decided to start accepting Bitcoin payments at their Tel-Aviv-based online guitar shop. In 2013, obsessed with the problem of making Bitcoin more accessible, the Harvey brothers created the prototype for one of the world’s first Bitcoin ATMs which they initially designed to bring to Bitcoin Meetups in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The machines were almost an immediate success. Zach and Josh decided to focus on building them and established a production facility in Northern Portugal. With this much operational experience, they became specialists in making cryptocurrency accessible to the billions of people around the world who use cash. Paper, fiat money is accepted universally, even by the unbanked. This background makes Lamassu an interesting case study for user experience.

Christian Michel

Christian Michel

Christian Michel is a Paris-born financial consultant, a lifelong libertarian, author of books and articles in French and English on political philosophy. He now lives in London.

Michael Way

Michael Way

Michael has dedicated his life to communication. Through literature and performing arts, he believes we can communicate key political and philosophical messages to audiences who would otherwise disengage with the core of our beliefs. In doing this he has received both a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature, and works towards achieving his goals through writing, editing, and acting.

Trevor Burrus

Trevor Burrus

Trevor Burrus is a research fellow in the Cato Institute’s Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies and in the Center for the Study of Science, as well as editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. His research interests include constitutional law, civil and criminal law, legal and political philosophy, legal history, and the interface between science and public policy. His academic work has appeared in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the New York University Journal of Law and Liberty, the New York University Annual Survey of American Law, the Syracuse Law Review, and many others. His popular writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, the Huffington Post, the New York Daily News, and others.

Burrus lectures regularly on behalf of the Federalist Society, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Foundation for Economics Education, and other organizations, and he frequently appears on major media outlets. He is also the co-host of Free Thoughts, a weekly podcast that covers topics in libertarian theory, history, and philosophy.

He is the editor of A Conspiracy against Obamacare (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Deep Commitments: The Past, Present, and Future of Religious Liberty (Cato, 2017), and holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Terry Kibbe

Terry Kibbe

Terry Kibbe is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Free the People, which uses pop-culture and video storytelling to turn on the “liberty curious.” She is also a Senior Advisor to AlternativePAC, a SuperPAC which supported Libertarian Gary Johnson for President. During the 2016 GOP primary, she was a fundraiser for a SuperPAC supporting Rand Paul for President.

Terry was also President of Curated Innovation, a medical research foundation delivering breakthrough products that save and improve lives. From 2009 to 2014, Terry served as Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of the Rising Tide Foundation in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and as an Advisor to the Global Philanthropic Trust in the Cayman Islands. She has been a fundraiser for more years than she cares to admit, having raised millions in operating capital for various nonprofit and political causes, including FreedomWorks, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the Cato Institute.

In early 2007, Terry formed Dagny, LLC, offering strategic management services to philanthropic charities and non-profit organizations. She spent the first decade of her career as an engineer working on defense technology. Terry is a graduate of Grove City College, where she received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering. Terry is often embarrassed by her husband Matt’s facial hair, but is always proud of her Anarcho-CATipalists, Roark, Ragnar and Rearden.

Branko Milanović

Branko Milanović

Branko Milanovic is a Visiting Presidential Professor at the Graduate Center City University of New York and Senior Scholar at the Stone Center on Socio-economic Inequality. He obtained his Ph. D. in economics (1987) from the University of Belgrade with a dissertation on income inequality in Yugoslavia. He served as lead economist in the World Bank’s Research Department for almost 20 years, leaving to write his seminal book on global income inequality, Worlds Apart (2005). He was senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington (2003-2005) and has held teaching appointments at the University of Maryland (2007-2013) and at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (1997- 2007). He was a visiting scholar at All Souls College in Oxford, and Universidad Carlos III in Madrid (2010-11). Branko’s main area of work is income inequality, in individual countries and globally, including in pre-industrial societies. In addition to numerous papers for the World Bank, he has published articles on these topics in Economic Journal, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Development Economics, and Journal of Political Philosophy, among others. His book, The Haves and the Have-nots (2011) was selected by The Globalist as the 2011 Book of the Year.

His new book, Global Inequality (2016), was awarded the Bruno Kreisky Prize for the best political book of 2016, and Hans Matthöfer Prize in 2018, and was translated into sixteen languages. It addresses economic and political effects of globalization, including the concept of successive “Kuznets waves” of inequality, largely driven, since the first industrial revolution, by technology and globalization. In March 2018, Branko was awarded (jointly with Mariana Mazzucato) the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Knowledge. He is currently working on a new book entitled Capitalism, alone.

DEBATES
Discussing the toughest questions of liberty today
Socialism VS. Capitalism 2018
Immigration Debate
BitCoin.com Debate
Land your next job promoting liberty at LibertyCon
The 2nd annual career fair will take place on Saturday, March 4th at LibertyCon. This will be an informal setting with representatives from partner organizations present to answer any questions you have about open positions and graduate school programs. Last year, participating organizations included the Cato Institute, Foundation for Economic Education, and the Charles Koch Institute! Make sure to bring your your resume or CV! But first, make sure to register for LibertyCon, as this is an attendee only event. 
AYN RAND OBJECTIVIST SEMINAR
For liberty to succeed, it needs persuasive reasons why the right way to live is to live in freedom — which means, it needs a philosophical and moral base. Join us in a collaborative discussion with other intelligent and motivated students to examine one of the most influential philosophies in the liberty movement.

Between the 1930s and 1960s, the liberty movement was just a handful of economists and writers. Ayn Rand’s novels and essays, especially Atlas Shrugged, launched the liberty movement into broader American awareness and helped it grow into the much larger movement it is today. They continue to attract new advocates for freedom every year.

If you are attending Liberty Con, come a day earlier and learn about Ayn Rand’s unique and integrated framework and its justification of the free society. In this seminar, we will examine three of her essays, “The Objectivist Ethics,” “Man’s Rights,” and “What Is Capitalism” in four shared Socratic inquiry sessions, beginning Thursday evening 3/1, and ending just before the beginning of Liberty Con on Friday 3/2.

The seminars will be led by three individuals with a longstanding interest in Ayn Rand: Marsha Familiaro Enright, director of the Great Connections Seminars; Raymond Raad, and Elizabeth Parker.

All interested students must complete our short application, available through the link below. Those attending the seminar will need to make their own arrangements to arrive on Thursday 3/1 – one day early. Accepted students will be provided a (shared) hotel room for the night of 3/1. And there is a fee of $25 per attendee. For further information, please contact Raymond Raad at rayraad@gmail.com or Marsha Enright at menright@rifinst.org.  

Apply for the seminar HERE.
SFL TOP GLOBAL
LEADERSHIP RETREAT
The Top Global Leadership will start on March 1st and brings together the top student leaders in our network for a day of top-notch training! Participation is by invite only but don’t worry, these top leaders will be joining you for the duration of LibertyCon.