Keynote Speaker: Shin Dong-Hyuk
Life in a North Korean Labour Camp, My Escape, and the Future of a Divided Country.
Born in a North Korean Labour Camp, Shin Dong-Hyuk is the only person known to have successfully escaped from a “total-control zone” grade internment camp in North Korea and lived to tell about it. He is the subject of a biography, Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom in the West, and was featured on 60 minutes. Now he gives talks around the world to raise awareness about the atrocities of North Korean internment and concentration camps and North Korea in general.
Why Pluralism and Competition among Institutions Matter More than the Ballot Box
After finance studies in New York and Shanghai, Pierre Bessard deepened his understanding of libertarian ideas at the Mises Institute and the Foundation For Economic Education. Pierre is now President of the remarkable Institut Libéral in Geneva and Zurich, Member of the Scientific Committee of the ‘Cercle de philosophie politique Benjamin Constant’ and the Centre for Tax Competition; he serves on the Executive Committee of major Swiss organisations promoting a free society, and is Editor-at-Large of AGEFI, a long-established financial newspaper in French-speaking Switzerland.
The Economics of Failure in Movies after the Big Crisis
After a degree in Political Science from the LUISS University of Rome with a thesis on the philosophy of Ayn Rand, Rosamaria Bitetti participated in seminars at the Institute of Economic Studies, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and the Foundation for Economic Education. She was an intern at the International Policy Network, working on market ecology and sustainable development. Rosamaria recently joined the OECD (where all free markets advocates wish her success), whilst remaining a Fellow of the influential Istituto Bruno Leoni, in Turin.
Dr Alphonse Crespo
The Battle for Self-ownership in Medical Care
Dr Alphonse Crespo is a Swiss orthopedic surgeon. He is well aware of the economics, politics and regulations of the medical profession, and it led him to establish Medicine & Liberty, an independent network dedicated to the advancement of liberty in medical services. Alphonse is vice-chairman of the Institut Libéral, where he heads the Cercle de philosophie politique Benjamin Constant. If you want to explore a libertarian approach to medical ethics, read Alphonse’s Esculape Foudroyé and his numerous essays, such as “Black Market Medicine, an Ethical alternative to State Control”, “The End of Welfare, and its effect on the Poor”, or “La désobéissance civile”, and participate in our special session at the conference dedicated to health care in a free society.
Unprotected Government Intercourse: The Dangers for Women
A libertarian by birth, trained as a paediatric nurse, Susan Easton went into business, after marrying Terry Easton. She became President of Women Entrepreneurs of San Francisco, earning awards in the 1970s, such as ‘Young Career Woman of the Year’ and ‘Woman Entrepreneur of the Year’. Her experience as Executive Editor of the US magazine ‘Enterprising Women’ inspired her first book, Equal To The Task: How Working Women are Managing in Corporate America. Her more recent columns as European Correspondent for ‘Human Events’ have been published in book form as Notes from the New Europe. In 1989, Susan and Terry cofounded the ’22nd Century Foundation’, which used modern telecoms technology to speed up the collapse of the USSR. Susan holds a M.A in Theology from the University of San Francisco, and received a Templeton Prize for the course she developed, ‘Math and Mysticism’.
Your Privacy in the Internet age. Past, Present, Future – and How to Improve it
Terry Easton is an entrepreneur, economist, and enthusiastic university professor, who writes about economics and political affairs. His latest book, Refounding America, is a libertarian call, indeed, a “field manual” for the patriotic activist to reclaim the high ground in the battle for Americans’ liberties. His Stark Raving Mad is a collection of his best articles published in Human Events. An optimist on the long-term future, Terry is passionate about technology and entrepreneurship: “The glass isn’t half-full, it’s overflowing!” A proponent of “The Fourth Turning”, Terry sees the latest generation of “Heroes” tossing aside the failed hippie ideas of the 60’s baby-boomer-“me”-generation, and rebuilding the world with a new ethics of individual morality, hard work and quiet determination.
Criminality and Freedom
After a stint reading mathematics and the natural sciences, Renaud Fillieule realized engineering was not his calling, and he enrolled in sociology and economics at Sorbonne University. He is now Professor of Sociology at the Université Lille Nord de France. After a book on the sociology of delinquency (Sociologie de la délinquance, 2001) and another one on the methods of sociology (Les méthodes en sociologie, with Raymond Boudon, 2002), Renaud switched to studying the Austrian school of economics in the great tradition of Mises, Hayek and Rothbard (L’école autrichienne d’économie. Une autre hétérodoxie, 2010).
Singapore – A Case of Libertarian Orientalism
After a decade representing the pro-market Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty in Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia, Rainer Heufers put theory into practice, and founded his own company, Siap Solutions Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based consulting firm that provides strategic counselling and other services to think tanks, political parties, corporations and government agencies. Rainer is a Senior Fellow of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, where he leads the annual “Think-Tank MBA” for think-tank leaders around the world.
Dr Nathalie Janson
Free Banking at the Rescue of an Ailing Banking System
Her PhD in Economics of Banking at Sorbonne University (with a jury composed of such luminaries as Profs Salin, Selgin, and White) set Nathalie Janson on an academic career. She was Visiting Professor at San Jose State University, California, and she is now Associate Professor of Finance and Economics at Rouen Business School and Lecturer in Money and Banking at the prestigious Sciences-Po in Paris. Nathalie Janson has authored many papers in French, English and Italian journals on money, banking and finance.
Frank Karsten is chairman of the Mises Institute Netherlands and of Stichting Meer Vrijheid (More Freedom Foundation), two Dutch libertarian organizations which act to reduce taxes and government intervention. Together with Karel Beckman he wrote Beyond Democracy, Why democracy does not lead to solidarity, prosperity and liberty but to social conflict, runaway spending and a tyrannical government. The book is now available in 11 languages.
States as a Dark Ages Institution, Laissez-Faire as Civilization
Jan Krepelka studied economics et the University of Geneva, Switzerland, with a dissertation about public goods theory. He also attended the Mises Summer University of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Auburn, Alabama. He has worked for five years for the think tank Institut Constant de Rebecque in Lausanne and was director of its Center for Tax Competition. He is now director of the Laissez-faire Institute, while also managing the libertarian encyclopedia Liberpedia. His latest endeavor is Confoederatio.ch, a website offering practical tools to calculate – and minimize – the impact of the State on our lives.
The Student movement for Liberty in Europe
Aleksandar Kokotović is finishing his studies at the University of Belgrade, where he is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Political Science. He is the Executive board chairman of European Students For Liberty, and an International outreach director for the Libertarian Club Libek from Belgrade, Serbia. Aleksandar has been involved in many pro-liberty activities during the last couple of years; he organised and gave talks at libertarian conferences on three continents, and decided to make fighting for liberty one of his lifelong goals.
Dr Jim Lark
Knee-Jerk Libertarianism: A Cure for a Common Disease
Have you heard of the “Lark algorithm”? You have if you are a mathematician, specialist of artificial intelligence. Dr James W. Lark, who gave his name to this procedure, is professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and the Department of Statistics at the University of Virginia. An indefatigable champion of liberty, Dr Lark is the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Advocates for Self-Government, chairman of the Student Libertarian Alumni Committee, a member of the Board of Advisors of Students For Liberty, and among many other functions, he is a member of the Board of ISIL, and serves as its Secretary. Jim is the recipient of the 2008 Thomas Jefferson award, the 2004 Samuel Adams award (most effective activist) and the 2012 Thomas Paine award (most effective communicator), the only person to win each of the three national awards.
Why Central Banks Are Failing the Economic Recovery
If you are French and over 40, there chances are you discovered the existence of Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman and Murray Rothbard through the books of Henri Lepage. Demain le Capitalisme (1978) caused a sensation; its successor Demain le Libéralisme (1980) confirmed the author as both an impeccable scholar and a wonderfully talented populariser. Henri Lepage read law and philosophy at the prestige Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, and economics at LSE in London. He was professor at Université Paris Dauphine, advisor to the European Parliament, and is a member of the Mont Pélerin Society, a director of the Association pour la liberté économique et le progrès social, and he is one of the founders of Institut Turgot, a French classical liberal think-tank.
Henri Lepage will be the first recipient of the Prix du Mouvement pour la Liberté, which will be formally awarded at the conference banquet.
Dr Cris Lingle
Why Austerity is Necessary and Why it Will Fail
After a PhD in Economics from the University of Georgia, in the USA, Christopher Lingle led a cosmopolitan life, with teaching posts at universities in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. He is presently Visiting Professor of Economics at Universidad Francisco Marroquín (Guatemala), Adjunct Scholar at the Centre for Independent Studies (Sydney), Research Scholar at the Centre for Civil Society (New Delhi), and Member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Globalization Institute (Brussels). Chris’s research focuses on public policy reform in emerging markets economies. His book The Rise and Decline of the ‘Asian Century’: False Starts on the Road to the ‘Global Millennium anticipated the turmoil in the East Asian economies that began in 1997. Another book, Singapore’s Authoritarian Capitalism: Asian Values, Free Market Illusions, and Political Dependency, will document our conference discussion on “Switzerland or Singapore, which is the better model?”
The Rise of Political Economy in Europe, and how it shaped the political debateStill a business school student, Benoît Malbranque has already authored numerous articles and several books, including Le Socialisme en chemise brune (‘Socialism in a Brown Shirt’) on the economy of Nazi Germany. He is a cofounder of the Mouvement des Libertariens, and a Research Fellow for the Institut Coppet. The latest of Benoît‘s translations into French of books promoting liberty is Karel Beckman’s and Frank Karsten’s Beyond Democracy.
Dr Dan Mitchell
Will the Fiscal Crisis Create an Opening to Shrink the Burden of the State?
Some UK journalist dismissed Dan Mitchell as “a high priest of light tax, small state libertarianism.” It is, of course, an accurate description, the very reason we like Dan Mitchell, and why he is a Senior Fellow at the influential Cato Institute in Washington. After a PhD in Economics from George Mason University, Dan worked for the US Senate Finance Committee; he served on the 1988 Bush/Quayle transition team, and was Director of Tax and Budget Policy for Citizens for a Sound Economy, before joining the Heritage Foundation. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, and his articles appear in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, and Washington Times.
Investigative Journalism and How It Relates to Freedom
A writer, journalist, radio host, and citizen of the world, Yaël Ossowski has spanned his educational and professional pursuits in three countries across two continents. He studied Political Science and History at Concordia University in Montréal and the University of Vienna, and was previously Florida Bureau Chief for Watchdog.org. His podcast Liberty In Exile can be heard weekly on the Liberty Radio Network and the No Agenda Stream. Professionally, Yaël has worked as a multimedia journalist in Philadelphia, Charlotte, Tampa, Montréal, and Vienna, and his writings have appeared in The Washington Examiner, Human Events, Reason Magazine, and many other publications. A native québecois, Yaël speaks 4 languages, and is interested in secession, language, culture, and the never-ending fight to defend liberty.
A Case for “hacktivism”, or how hackers will help build a libertarian 21st century
Europe’s first “ethical hacker”, Marco Ricca was paid by Swiss banks in the 1990s to break into their computer systems and test their vulnerabilities. A serial entrepreneur, Marco founded Ilion Security, which he grew into Switzerland’s leading Information Risk Management firm. After selling that company in 2008, he subsequently founded Satorys, a cyber-security start-up, which he sold in 2012 to Ruag, a leading defence contractor. Marco is also an elected commissioner on Geneva’s Data Protection committee. A staunch libertarian, he helped build a censorship-evading technology for Reporters Sans Frontières. As a board member of the Institut Libéral, Marco pursues his reflection on the way the Internet may be shaping a freer world.
Giant or Dwarf? Free Market Healthcare in the Former East Block
Frederik Roeder combines intellectual pursuits with business management. After studying Health Economics in Germany, Slovenia and China, he is both Managing Director of Healthcare Solutions, a company providing medical know-how to economies in transition, and Visiting Professor of Health Economics at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, and at Ilia State University, in Tbilisi, Georgia. Frederik has written for many major publications, and is Chief Editor of European Health Care News. Last, but not least, he is a co-founder of the remarkable European Students For Liberty.
How to Fight Back Against Hidden Regulations
Mary J. Ruwart, is best known for her international best-seller, Healing Our World and Short Answers to the Tough Questions. Dr. Ruwart is the Chair of ISIL, the International Society for Individual Liberty. Her original research, showing that the FDA is responsible for about 80% of the cost of pharmaceuticals and the premature deaths of almost 20% of the U.S. population, is serialized at Liberty For All.
Life and Death Taboo: The Economics and Ethics of Financial Incentives for Organ Donations
If you haven’t read The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible, I envy you. You are in for a treat. It is not often that a distinguished professor like author Ken Schoolland writes a book so funny and illuminating (translated into 47 languages!). Ken is Associate Professor of Economics at Hawaii Pacific University, and Director of its Entrepreneurial Center. Among many other distinguished positions, Ken is President of the International Society for Individual Liberty (this conference organiser), a member of the Mont Pélerin Society and a Sam Walton Fellow for Enactus.
The Corruption of Democracy
Rahim Taghizadegan knows Lausanne; he studied there (physics, economics and sociology), and then moved to Vienna, where he founded the Institut für Wertewirtschaft (Institute for Value-based Economics), a think tank, of which he remains the moving spirit. Rahim teaches at the University of Liechtenstein, at Vienna University of Economics & Business, and the SMC University. He is the author of Wirtschaft wirklich verstehen (“Really Understanding Economics”), and has co-authored “Economics and Ethics” and “The Regulation Race”.
Open the Taxpayers’ Eyes
An award-winning Certified Public Accountant and Licensed Tax Accountant with a PhD in Policy Studies from Chiba University,
Hiroshi Yoshida is President of The Institute of Public Sector Accounting and of The Free Economy Institute in Japan. Dr Yoshida originated the “Taxpayer’s Day” and “Children’s Day” in Japan. He is one of the founding members of Japan for Tax Reform (JTR) and the coordinator of Government Accounting Seminars, attended by more than 8300 people, including 600 officials from various levels of government, who signed the “Tax Protection Pledge.” Dr Yoshida also created the famous Japanese slogan “Kodomo ni tsuke wo mawasanai” meaning “Do Not Push Deficits Onto Children.” This motto can be found on posters and documents around Japan, and increase the public’s overall awareness about public accounting.
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