Students For Liberty CONFERENCE
March 8-10 2013 Leuven, Belgium #ESFLC13
With the support of:
The Atlas Economic Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization connecting a global network of more than 400 freemarket organizations in over 80 countries to the ideas and resources needed to advance the cause of liberty. atlasnetwork.com
Gold Sponsors: Founded in 1979, the Liberales Institut pursues as its mission the research of the ideas of freedom. The Institut advances the Swiss tradition and culture of individual liberty, peace, openness and political diversity and furthers the development of the liberal intellectual tradition. libinst.ch DCI Group gets people involved in public issues. For our clients, we help craft the right messages around their issues; we mobilize friends and constituents to help deliver the messages; and we ensure the desired policy-makers hear them. dcigroup.com In 1971, Theo Müller took over from his father the dairy founded by his grandfather in Aretsried, Bavaria in 1896 – it only had four employees back then. Today, Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller controls the dairy segment business of subsidiaries with stand-alone brands: Müller, Wiseman, Weihenstephan, Sachsenmilch and Käserei Loose. Private labels and commodities such as butter, UHT milk, lactose powder and milk protein complete the portfolio. In addition to the milk processing subsidiaries, the packaging company Optipack, the Company's own 1|ESFLC 2013
logistics company Culina, Fahrzeugtechnik Aretsried and Müller Naturfarm, one of the biggest fruit processing companies in Germany, also belong to the Group. muellergroup.com Silver Sponsors:
The Austrian Economics Center, or the AEC's, main goal is to help create a free and responsible society. It promotes the ideas of the Austrian School of Economics as a viable economic alternative in Austria and elsewhere, not only by the means of a public think tank, but also as an academic Institute. Furthermore the Institute, which is based in Vienna, takes up topical questions concerning social and economic policies. It also offers studies and solutions on a scientific basis. austriancenter.com The Adam Smith Institute or the ASI was founded in the 1970s, as post-war socialism reached its high-watermark. Then, as now, its purpose was to educate the public about free markets and economic policy, and to inject sound ideas into the public debate. As well as engaging in traditional think tank activities – like conducting research, publishing reports, and holding seminars and conferences – the Institute has also, throughout its history, paid a great deal of attention to developing the next generation of policymakers and opinion formers, with its well known and highly regarded youth programmes forming a major part of its activities. www.adamsmith.org
Conference schedule Friday, March 8th 2013 14:00 - 17:00 17:00 - 17:30 17:30 - 18:30 18:30 - 19:30 19:30 21:00
Conference Registration Opening remarks & Presentation ESFL: Alexander McCobin, Wolf von Laer, Nick Roskams John Chisholm “Unleash Your Inner Company” James Turk “The Link Between Liberty And Sound Money” Dinner “Friedrich Naumann For Liberty Dinner” Social “Unternehmensgruppe Theo Mueller
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Saturday, March 9th 2013 8:30 - 9:30 9:30 - 10:30
Breakfast Tom Palmer “Why We Fight for Liberty, Peace, and Justice” 10:30 - 10:50 Group Picture 10:50 – 12:00 Academic Breakout Sessions Emily Skarbek: "Economic Planning and Public Choice: Fallout from the Calculation Debate"
Mario Fantini: “An Inside Job: How International Organizations Serve Themselves & Reward Incompetence”
Mike Tanner: “The Welfare State as a Pyramid Scheme” 12:00 - 14:00 “DCI Group” Luncheon & Liberty Fair 14:00 - 15:00 Dr. Daniel Model “Personal Secession” 15:00 - 15:20 Break
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15:20 - 16:30 Ideas Breakout Sessions David Skarbek: "Prison Gangs and Governance: The Hidden Order of the Criminal Underworld"
Carrie Lukas: “Why Women Benefit from Limited Government”
James Lark: “Challenges to Liberty: Substantive Criticisms and Questions Concerning the Libertarian Perspective”
16:30 - 17:30 17:30 - 18:30 18:30 - 19:30 19:30 21:00
Coffee Break & Liberty Fair Student Debate Kurt Leube "The Essence of Hayek" Dinner “Liberales Institut Switzerland” Social
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Sunday, March 10th 2013 8:30 - 9:30 9:30 - 10:30
Breakfast Matt Kibbe “Political Disintermediation” 10:30 -10:50 Break 10:50 -12:00 Student Activism Breakout Sessions Henrik Alexandersson: “The Digital Freedom Fighter: Making an Impact”
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ESFL Breakout: “Communicating for Liberty”
ESFL Breakout: “How to Organize a Successful Event”
12:00 - 13:00 13:00 - 14:00 14:00 - 14:30
Lunch Roland Baader Steve Davies "Crisis and Opportunity - the History and Future of Liberty in Europe" Closing Ceremonies
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Speakers James Turk is a Director of the GoldMoney Foundation, a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to providing information on sound money. He is the founder and chairman of GoldMoney, a Jersey, Channel Islands company operating the digital gold currency for which he was awarded four patents. He has specialized in international banking, finance and investments since graduating in 1969 from George Washington University with a B.A. degree in International Economics. Beginning his business career with The Chase Manhattan Bank (now J.P. Morgan Chase), he has lived in six countries. John Chisholm has three decades of experience as general manager, entrepreneur and executive. In 1997, he founded and served as CEO/Chairman of CustomerSat (acquired by MarketTools), a leading provider of enterprise feedback management systems. A pioneer in online marketing research, in 1992 he founded and served as CEO/Chairman of Decisive Technology (now part of Google), publisher of the first desktop and client-server software for online surveys. Earlier he worked at HP, Xerox, and Grid. He is a trustee of The Seasteading Institute; a member of the Development Committee of the MIT Corporation; chairs the Santa Fe Institute Development Committee; chairs the MIT Club of Northern California; and through the MIT Venture Mentoring Service helps young entrepreneurs start new high-tech businesses. He has also chaired the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society; served on the visiting committee of the MIT math department, and as VP of the MIT Worldwide Alumni Association. He is author or coauthor of two US patents; holds BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 5|ESFLC 2013
Tom G. Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. 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, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. 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. Cato Institute senior fellow Michael Tanner heads research into a variety of domestic policies with a particular emphasis on health care reform, social welfare policy, and Social Security. Tanner’s writings have appeared in nearly every major American newspaper, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He writes a weekly column for National Review Online, and is a contributing columnist with the New York Post. A prolific writer and frequent guest lecturer, Tanner appears regularly on network and cable news programs. Under Tanner’s direction, Cato launched the Project on Social Security Choice, which is widely considered the leading impetus for transforming the soon-to-be-bankrupt system into a private savings program. Time Magazine calls Tanner, “one of the architects of the private accounts movement,” and Congressional Quarterly named him one of the nation’s five most influential experts on Social Security. The New York Times refers to him as “a lucid writer and skilled polemicist.” Before joining Cato in 1993, Tanner served as director of research of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and as legislative director for the American Legislative Exchange Council. 6|ESFLC 2013
Daniel Model is the Executive Chairman of the Model Holding Ltd., a leading European supplier of corrugated board and carton packaging with a staff of almost 3000 employees. He believes that web based social collaboration will become the enabler and catalyst of non-governmental co-operation and social innovation of the future. Model has proven to translate his visions into reality when he publicly proclaimed a meta-state named Avalon in March 2006. Avalon is a virtual, organically growing and non-territorial state comprising a loose network of “citizens” who believe in his idea of a “state 2.0″ where human action shall have its seeds in a system of incentives and freedom rather than a system of patronization and constraint. A talented cyclist, a near-world-championship-finalist-curler and a high ranked amateur car racing champion, Model has a real passion for life and liberty. Emily Skarbek is Lecturer in Political Economy in the Department of Political Economy at Kings College London. Her research examines the role of voluntary associations in solving complex public goods problems in the aftermath of natural disasters. Her research is primarily interested in how individuals achieve social coordination in market relationships and social organizations. Her work incorporates interdisciplinary insights into economic analyses of crises and recovery processes. Dr. Skarbek’s interests also include how the history of economic thought informs and furthers contemporary research. Emily received a MA and PhD in Economics from George Mason University. She joins the faculty at King’s from San Jose State University where she taught microeconomics and public choice as an assistant professor in the Department of Economics. Most recently, Dr. Skarbek spent the 2011-2012 academic year as a researcher at the Center for the History of Economic Thought at Duke University.
David Skarbek is Lecturer in Political Economy in the Department of Political Economy at Kings College London. His research interest is to understand how people define and enforce property rights in the absence of strong, effective governments. His work has examined incarceration, gangs, and crime in the United States. David received a BS in Economics from San Jose State University and a MA and PhD in Economics from George Mason University. He previously taught in the political science department at Duke University.
Matt Kibbe is the President and CEO of FreedomWorks. He has been with the organization for over 15 years. An economist by training, Kibbe is a wellrespected national public policy expert, bestselling author and political commentator. He also serves as Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Austrian Economics Center in Vienna, Austria. In 2012 Kibbe authored Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government’s Stranglehold on America, revealing how the centralized bureaucracy of government is eroding our hard-fought freedoms and how the Tea Party movement can return America to the decentralized vision of our Founders. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, POLITICO, The Washington Examiner and numerous other national and online publications. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes.com, RedState and FoxNews.com.
Carrie L. Lukas is the managing director of the Independent Women’s Forum. Lukas is the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism, which was published by Regnery Publishing in May 2006. She is also a contributor to National Review Online and a senior fellow at the Goldwater Institute. Lukas appears frequently on television and the radio, on shows such as Fox News Channel’s Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fox Report with Shepard Smith, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, CNBC’s Kudlow and Company, and MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews. Lukas’s commentaries have appeared in numerous newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, The New York Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Arizona Republic, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Baltimore Sun.
Kurt R. Leube is Professor Emeritus and Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He currently also serves as Academic Director of ECAEF, the International Center of Austrian Economics Foundation, based in the Principality of Liechtenstein. Educated in Germany and Austria, he is internationally recognized as one of the closest disciples of F. A. von Hayek (Nobel Prize 1974), and also holds Visiting Professorships at several leading European and South American universities. He is editor in chief of the bilingual book series, ECAEF-Studien zur Wirtschafts- und Gesellschaftsordnung.
James W. Lark, III currently serves as adjunct professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering, lecturer in the Department of Applied Mathematics, and lecturer in the Department of Statistics at the University of Virginia. Dr. Lark has been a member of the Libertarian Party since 1983 (he is a Life Member). He currently serves as a regional representative on the Libertarian National Committee, and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee. He served as the chairman of the Libertarian Party during the 2000-2002 term. He is the recipient of the 2008 Thomas Jefferson award (the Party’s highest honor), given at national LP conventions for lifetime achievement. He is also the recipient of the 2004 Samuel Adams award, given at national LP conventions to the member deemed the most effective activist. Dr. Lark is the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Advocates for Self-Government. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Individual Liberty, the Board of Advisors of Students For Liberty, and the Academic Board of Advisors for the Institute for Health Freedom in Washington, D.C. Stephen Davies is a program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies and the education director at the Institute for Economics Affairs in London. Dr. Davies attended the University of St Andrews from 1972 to 1976, graduating with a First Class degree in History. He also obtained his PhD from the same university in 1984, on the topic of the Scottish criminal justice system before the abolition of private courts. He formerly taught at the Manchester Metropolitan University where he was senior lecturer. His academic and research interests include the history of crime and criminal justice, history of ideas and political thought, comparative economic history, and the history of the private supply of public goods. He teaches, amongst other topics, courses on the history of crime and punishment in Britain, and the history of the Devil. 10 | E S F L C 2 0 1 3
Henrik Alexandersson is working as assistant and press officer for the Swedish Pirate Party in the European Parliament. He is also spokesman for the Swedish libertarian network Frihetsfronten. In the 80′s he was active in the Swedish Moderate Party and later with SFL-partner FMSF. He is also one of Sweden’s leading bloggers and an outspoken EU critic.
Mario Fantini is a journalist and writer. He currently serves as the Secretary General of the Hayek Institute in Vienna, Austria. Mario has written for the Far Eastern Economic Review, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The American Spectator and The Washington Times. He has been a fellow of the Phillips Foundation (USA), the Salzburg Seminar (Austria) and the 21st Century Trust (UK), and is a member of the board of The Dartmouth Review (USA) and the Center for European Renewal (Netherlands). Mario did his undergraduate work at Dartmouth College, and earned graduate degrees in development, public policy and journalism in the USA, Latin America and Europe.
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Participants of the LIBERTY FAIR
The IEA is the UK's original free-market think-tank, founded in 1955. IEA aims to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analysing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems. iea.org.uk Freedomworks was founded in 1984, and is headquartered in Washington, DC. FreedomWorks recruits, educates, trains and mobilizes millions of volunteer activists to fight for less government, lower taxes, and more freedom. freedomworks.org The Fund for American Studies (TFAS), founded in 1967, seeks to create a brighter, more prosperous future by preparing young people for leadership and teaching them the ideas of freedom and a free-market economy. tfas.org The Institute for Economic Studies Europe. Since 1989, the Institute, a non profit organization registered in the state of Virginia, has aimed at discovering, developing and supporting the most outstanding people it could find among students, scholars and other intellectuals who share an interest in exploring and applying the principles of classical liberalism. ieseurope.org The Austrian Economics Centerâ€˜s Â main goal is to help create a free and responsible society. It promotes the ideas of the Austrian School of Economics as a viable economic alternative in Austria and elsewhere, not only by the means of a public think tank, but also as an academic Institute. austriancenter.com The Lithuanian Free Market Institute is a private non-profit non-partisan organisation established in 1990 to promote the ideas of individual freedom and responsibility, free market, and limited government. freema.org 12 | E S F L C 2 0 1 3
The Atlas Economic Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization connecting a global network of more than 400 free-market organizations in over 80 countries to the ideas and resources needed to advance the cause of liberty. Read more at atlasnetwork.com The Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) is a German foundation for liberal politics, established in 1958 by Theodor Heuss, the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany. FNF promotes individual freedom and liberalism. freiheit.org European Students For Liberty is the first major international development of Students For Liberty. ESFL exists to provide support for pro-liberty students and student groups in Europe and empower the next generation of leaders in the global liberty movement. studentsforliberty.org/europe/ Tom G. Palmer signing ‚After The Welfare State‘ books
Carabini Books Roland Baader books
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Executive Board Members of the European Students For Liberty
Lode Cossaer Antwerp, Belgium Katholieke Universiteit Leuven lcossaer@ studentsforliberty.org
Anton Howes London, UK Kingâ€™s College London ahowes@ studentsforliberty.org
Alexandra Ivanov Stockholm, Sweden Karolinska Institutet aivanov@ studentsforliberty.org
Egle Markeviciute Vilnius, Lithuania Vilnius University emarkeviciute@ studentsforliberty.org
Stoyan Panchev London, UK SOAS (University of London) spanchev@ studentsforliberty.org
Frederik Roeder Berlin, Germany University of Bayreuth froeder@ studentsforliberty.org
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Aleksandar Kokotovic Belgrade, Serbia University of Belgrade akokotovic@ studentsforliberty.org
Michael Landl Saint Gallen, Switzerland University of St. Gallen mlandl@ studentsforliberty.org
Wolf von Laer London, UK Kingâ€˜s College London wvonlaer@ studentsforliberty.org
Nick Roskams Leuven, Belgium Katholieke Universiteit Leuven nroskams@ studentsforliberty.org
Lukas Schweiger Vienna, Austria Vienna University of Economics and Business lschweiger@ studentsforliberty.org
Ulrich Andreas Zanconato Rome, Italy/London, UK University of Munich uzanconato@ studentsforliberty.org
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Meet the host group of the ESFLC 2013: LVSV Leuven The LVSV (Classical liberal Flemish Students Association) is a non-partisan organization run by and for students. It was founded in 1930, making it the oldest pro-liberty student group in existence. It aims to spread the ideas of liberty at several Belgian universities by organizing events, publishing magazines and weighing on public opinion. Throughout the years its alumni have spread in politics, academia, business and the non-profit sector. The LVSV consists of five chapters active at the major Universities of Dutch speaking Belgium.
The LVSV Leuven chapter was founded in 1972 and has obtained a reputation as the largest and most active ideological organization in the city with its many activities including lecture evenings and debates. Over the years many generations of students have been exposed to the 16 | E S F L C 2 0 1 3
ideas of liberty through the LVSV and have gone to spread these ideas themselves as entrepreneurs, intellectuals and politicians. Every week the LVSV Leuven invites influential speakers to exchange ideas and debate various topics. The group also publishes a magazine called ‘Blueprint’ with texts written by members. Many of their press releases find their way into newspapers and magazines. As a point of principle they refuse every form of university and government subsidies and rely solely on voluntary contributions as a source of income. In 2012 the group received the award for ‘Student Organization of the Year’ at the 5th International Students For Liberty Conference in Washington DC.
Students For Liberty Mission Students For Liberty is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a unified, student-driven forum of support forstudents and student organizations dedicated to liberty. What Liberty Means to SFL Students For Liberty is an organization that supports liberty. SFL does not dictate the foundations upon which individuals justify their belief in liberty. Rather, Students For Liberty embraces the diversity of justifications for liberty and encourages debate and discourse onthe differing philosophies that underlie liberty. What Students For Liberty endorses are the principlesthat comprise liberty: Economic freedom to choose how to provide for one’s life; 17 | E S F L C 2 0 1 3
Social freedom to choose how to live one’s life; Intellectual and academic freedom.
Theory of Social Change SFL exists to empower students to become leaders and agents of change in their communities,particularly within the university. Students are the principal leaders, crafting our strategy, andrunning programs to help fellow students. All new SFL leaders, whether Executive Board members, Campus Coordinators, Charter Team Members, and so forth, go through a rigorous training programdesigned to teach them how to become an effective leader of liberty both generally and specifically fortheir role. As part of this training, all new leaders are given a 100+ page SFL Leadership Handbook that covers everything from what it means to be a leader for liberty to effective communicationstrategies. The SFL Model SFL is not a top down, chapter based, or membership organization. Instead SFL functions as a network of pro-liberty students from all wide diversity of locations and backgrounds.We work with a diversity of student organizations across the many ideological positions within thephilosophy of liberty. These include the campus Young Americans for Liberty, Students For Liberty, College Libertarians, free speech clubs, small “l” libertarian association, economics club, Objectivist society, Austrian Economics reading group, Students for Individual Liberty, and any other group that supports an idea or cause of liberty.
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History Students For Liberty was founded in 2008 by a group of students who wanted to make a difference bysupporting their fellow libertarian students on campus. Libertarian student groups had long beenisolated from one another and the larger liberty movement. The initial Students For LibertyConference at Columbia University was originally planned for around 30 students, but demand farexceeded those estimates and 100 students ended up attending the conference in spite of a blizzardthat shut down most of the region. From those humble beginning the organization has grown each year to keep up with the rapidly growing demand and provide support to the student movement forliberty. The most recent International Students For Liberty Conference in 2012 featured over 1,000attendees from all 7 continents.
European Students For Liberty European Students For Liberty is the first major international development of Students For Liberty. ESFL exists to provide support for pro-liberty students and student groups in Europe and empower the next generation of leaders in the global liberty movement. ESFL supports pro-liberty student groups by helping to provide resources, advising students on effective leadership strategies, and connecting students from across Europe with both likeminded peersand important leaders and organizations in the proliberty movement.
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ESFLâ€™s activities help students generate the skills, momentum, and connections necessary to effectively advance the pro-liberty movement within Europe and abroad. It is constantly becoming clearer that this generation of students is inheriting an uncertain world, in which the insecure foundations of our unsustainable, intrusive institutions are being exposed and, in some cases, threatening to collapse. This generation needs a new direction and students are increasingly recognizing that social, economic, and academic freedom is essential for creating a secure society. The best thing that one can do to promote liberty around the world is to invest in todayâ€™s youth, tomorrowâ€™s leaders. Twitter: @ESFL
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ESFL Network - JOIN US! European Students For Liberty is a network for pro-liberty students and student organizations throughout Europe. We aim to support the growth and development of independent proliberty student organizations, rather than to establish official SFL chapters around the world. We believe in a bottom up approach that embraces the need for local knowledge and creativity in order to effectively promote liberty. We believe that it is important for pro-liberty student organizations all around the world to stay connected, and aim to promote this throughout Europe and abroad. If you are part of a student group that isn’t listed below but that would like to be affiliated with ESF or you would like to establish 21 | E S F L C 2 0 1 3
a pro-liberty group in any of the European countries, please contact the Executive Board members join the ESFL network: studentsforliberty.org/european-students-for-liberty/jointhe-esfl-network/
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