To anyone who has not lived in a cave in recent years it is clear that libertarianism is gathering momentum and becoming more mainstream. Consequently, those of us who care about liberty should expect to get many questions from “outsiders” about what we stand for. Plenty of misconceptions and objections will need to be addressed as well as questions answered. Attending a Liberty Camp organized by the Language of Liberty Institute (LLI) can give you the arrows you’ll need in your quiver to do just that.
Attendees at last week’s Liberty English Camp on the Mediterranean island of Malta can attest to its benefits. Co-organizer Jacek Spendel of the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation helped gather nearly fifty people of thirteen different nationalities, representing a larger than usual turnout for a Liberty Camp. They learned a lot from many different speakers about why liberty matters, the origin of rights, the war on drugs, seasteading, the difference between real and crony capitalism (from a Wall Street insider, no less), why Estonia attracts a lot of foreign investment, starting the revolution, the European Union, and how to set up an independent Civil Society Organization (CSO). Another highlight was hearing from four Ukrainian students about what is currently going on in their country and cities, and how that affects the advancement of the ideas of liberty there. In addition we were entertained by movies and documentaries, not to mention social events and a talent show to top it all off!
Liberty Camps are generally held in the countryside of developing nations all over the world, so the small island of Malta provided a slightly different experience. Compared to most seminars or conferences, though, the common denominator for all LLI events is their informal nature; the speakers lead discussion groups and workshop sessions, and blend in with the others during all social events. Along with stimulating English conversation, this is what makes Liberty Camps uniquely suitable for those that are new to the ideas of liberty. After all, how often does one get the chance to hang out with and ask questions of a speaker at a conference or seminar?
I was invited to make the case against the European Union, to which I added strategies for avoiding the statist paradigm in many different areas. (Look for more about that in the coming weeks here). It was the first time I was able to attend a Liberty Camp and as you can probably tell from the above, I was thoroughly impressed. I’m sure I will attend many more in the future and I will be happy to share my experiences with you here.
The Language of Liberty Institute’s schedule for this year features events in South America, Eastern Europe and Africa, and possibly India. For more information be sure to visit www.languageofliberty.org, give the Facebook page a like at facebook.com/LanguageOfLiberty, and follow LLI on Twitter at twitter.com/LangofLiberty. There might very well be a Liberty Camp near you this year – or perhaps you feel inspired to help organize one in your city or country!
All that remains for me to say is a big thanks to the organizers of the Liberty English Camp in Malta for doing a great job making everything run so smoothly, and to all the attendees for their participation. Your enthusiasm made for an incredibly enriching and memorable Malta Liberty Camp!