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Welcome to Libertopia

Thanks so much to all the wonderful participants who helped make Libertopia 2010 such a success! We will be posting a report about the festival and comments from participants soon. Then watch for exciting announcements about Libertopia 2011!

I'd Rather be in Libertopia...

Where peace, prosperity and freedom reign -- a voluntary society based on mutual respect for each individual’s ownership of his/her own body and property.

Libertopia is an annual festival of freedom, community and art for sovereign individuals. It is a unique experience -- a three-day gala packed with renowned speakers, banquets, parties, films, music, art and social networking.

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Over thirty leading thinkers in the movement for a voluntary society include philosophers, economists, political scientists, law professors, entrepreneurs, and artists who give short, informative, exciting speeches with ample time for question and answer interaction.

There will be breakout sessions and time to visit the exhibitors’ hall. Social networking is emphasized and enabled in a number of ways, including time-outs for interaction and celebration.

Films, music, literature and art are shared. At a sumptuous awards banquet, three individuals will be recognized for their lifetime achievements in advancing the ideas of sovereign individuals, peace, freedom and a voluntary society.

Join us at Libertopia 2010 in Hollywood for the first time gathering of sovereign individuals. Whether you are a long-time freedom activist or someone who is brand new to these concepts, you are welcome to join us in the celebration of individual independence.

 


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Report on Libertopia 2010

The inaugural Libertopia convention offered participants the memorably exciting opportunity to explore stimulating ideas, celebrate liberty, enlarge their imaginations, connect with the freedom movement’s history, discover and rediscover friendships, strategize for positive change, and acquire distinctive libertarian memorabilia.

Discovering Exciting Ideas

The ideas on offer at the convention were consistently provocative, radical, and substantial. Paypal founder Peter Thiel highlighted the potential role of technology in liberating people from state control. Freeman editor Sheldon Richman emphasized the continuing validity of Antifederalist arguments against ratification of the Constitution, noting the degree to which predictions that the new charter would lead to the concentration of power and the loss of liberty have been fulfilled. Economist David Friedman examined the significance of dramatic, new developments in applied science both for increased freedom and for heightened surveillance.

Commentator Stefan Molyneux challenged his listeners to acknowledge the importance of unspoken consensus in maintaining the status quo and of resisting social pressure to treat the state as legitimate. Radio host Marc Stevens urged attendees to stand by their principles and not allow themselves to be intimidated by those wielding state power and hiding behind a veneer of legitimacy. Legal theorist Gary Chartier received a standing ovation for his call to envision a stateless society as possible and shake off the mental shackles of statism.

Speakers were unabashedly radical, with a clear majority embracing the possibility of a stateless society. For Laissez Faire Books co-founder Sharon Presley, the convention was memorable because it featured “speakers who said something I haven't heard already a zillion times.” For Reason Foundation development director Melissa Palmer (Reason was an event co-sponsor), “The highlight of Libertopia was the opportunity to engage like-minded classical liberals in conversation—and with such thought-provoking lectures over three days, there was plenty of fodder for discussion.”

Cheering for Freedom

Attendees celebrated in style at the Sovereign Awards Banquet. The banquet featured a keynote address by Butler Shaffer and, as a special treat for anyone interested in the history of the modern American libertarian movement, the presentation of a Sovereign Award to Nathaniel Branden. Michael Shermer made clear the contribution Jay Snelson, also receiving an award, had made over forty years of lecturing on the immorality of coercive government and the need for a new paradigm of voluntary action. Snelson’s acceptance speech offered a glimpse of his power as a speaker, and his motivation for dedicating his life to changing the social paradigm.

Honoring Peter Thiel with a third award, Thor Halvorssen pointed out how Paypal has revolutionized the monetary system, enabling small business in a way never done before, and how Facebook has enabled community building in a brand new way. In his acceptance speech, Peter Thiel shared his vision of ways in which new technologies can free people from the bonds of the past.

Event lunches provided further occasions for celebration, while enabling attendees to dialogue with such luminaries as David Friedman, Bruce Benson, and Stefan Molyneux. Reason and the Ladies of Liberty Alliance (LOLA), with Silver Circle Movie, both hosted receptions that created welcome occasions for mingling and enjoying tasty finger foods. LOLA also joined with AntiWar.com to provide an informal pizza dinner.

Connecting with the Freedom Movement’s Past

Libertopia enabled those in attendance to connect with the libertarian past. The highlight of the Sovereign Awards Banquet was the presentation of the Sovereign Award to psychologist and philosopher Nathaniel Branden. The award was slated to be presented by Nathaniel Branden’s former wife and long-time friend, Barbara Branden. Unavailable at the last minute, Barbara Branden was replaced by author and bookseller Jim Peron, who delivered a witty and emotional speech about what both Barbara Branden and he felt for Nathaniel Branden and his contribution to the psychology of freedom. A frail Nathaniel Branden gave an incredibly brave and moving acceptance speech.

In the convention hall, attendees could purchase copies of the transcribed version of Nathaniel Branden’s famous lecture course on Objectivism—with a gracious foreword by Barbara Branden. Economist David Friedman—author of one of the earliest sustained defenses of market anarchism, The Machinery of Freedom, and son of libertarian Nobel laureate Milton Friedman—provided another link with the movement’s past. Science fiction authors J. Neil Schulman and L. Neil Smith, both sources of libertarian inspiration for a generation, participated in the conference (with Smith’s words and image delivered by means of a video). Sharon Presley was on-hand to discuss her latest book. And the convention logo—with its bright colors, images of sun and water, and enthusiastic people—evoked the optimistic times when the modern freedom movement took shape.

Linking the Arts with the Quest for Freedom

J. Neil SchulmanA persistent theme throughout the conference was the need to link more familiar varieties of intellectual and political activism with artistic and creative work calculated to share the message of freedom effectively. Multiple presentors discussed strategies for using the arts to open people’s minds to the possibility of freedom. And the importance of art to the freedom movement, along with the capacity to imagine exciting alternative futures, was highlighted by the fact that Libertopia occurred at the same time and in the same location as the Hollywood Xpo, which featured multiple entertainment-industry-related exhibits but was marked by particular attention to science fiction—especially to the Star Trek universe. Libertopia organizer Sky Conway was the producer of Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, a professional quality fan film featuring cast members from several Star Trek series, which screened on the first night of the convention. Novelist J. Neil Schulman, active in both events, observed: “Sky Douglas Conway simultaneously put on two parallel conferences: Libertopia and Hollywood Xpo. Libertopia was about the passion for liberty. Hollywood Xpo was about the passion for popular culture. When these two passions come together we will have our victory.”

Building Community

For many participants in Libertopia, perhaps the single most appealing feature of the convention was the chance it provided to renew old friendships, make new ones, attach faces to names previously known only on-line or on book covers, and form valuable connections among activists. AntiWar.Com’s Angela Keaton characterized Libertopia as a space in which “the radicals, the innovative and pioneers come together to not just demand liberty but eat life.” Libertarian writer and activist Less Antman captured the spirit of the event perfectly: “What I will most remember is the combination of radical ideas and an environment of mutual respect and friendliness by all the speakers and attendees, even when we disagreed. I can hardly imagine a world better than one populated with the people at Libertopia 1.0.”

Finding Unique Memorabilia

Vendors representing such groups as AntiWar.Com, the Foundation for Economic Education, the Free State Project, the Free Mind Project, the Independent Institute, the film Silver Circle, and Del Valley Silver, among others, provided attendees with opportunities to return home with mementoes including books, coins, t-shirts (such as one mimicking a familiar movie title: “Start Wars: The Empire[’]s Blowback”), and bumper stickers (for instance: “Be All That You Can Be” next to photos of draped coffins) that conveyed powerful libertarian messages.

Summing Up

Libertopia simultaneously promoted and embodied the possibility of peaceful, voluntary cooperation. Exploring the possibility of free communities from multiple perspectives—historical, legal, economic, psychological, and cultural—offered new reason for hope that a future of peace, prosperity and freedom was realistically achievable. Long-time movement leader Sheldon Richman captured the enthusiasm many Libertopia participants experienced. “In my 40 years of attending libertarian gatherings,” Richman says, “Libertopia ranks at the top. I was sorry to see it end. The roster of speakers was first-rate, and the audience was knowledgeable and passionate about liberty. I hope this is the first of many to come.”

Don't forget to check back for exciting announcements about Libertopia 2011!

Libertopia 2010 Testimonials

"Libertopia was fantastic! It was by far the best libertarian event I have ever attended. The lineup of speakers was unparalleled. Stefan Molyneux, Marc Stevens, and David Friedman were the top three, but all were worthwhile. Good topics; good discussions; good people. I have rarely seen a friendlier, more outgoing crowd." Erik Andresen

"Libertopia was a peak experience. To hear and meet with so many who have contributed so much to the movement was great. My favorites were Stefan Molyneux, David Friedman, Marc Stevens, and Jay Snelson but all the presenters were excellent. Also a reassuring and encouraging sign was the large number of young people and students attending. The dream of a free non-political society is still alive." John Goode

"I had a wonderful, illuminating time at Libertopia. Rarely are so many radical and important thinkers, good friends and inspiring activists, all together at one event. This conference provides hope that we can indeed find liberty in our time." Anthony Gregory

"Thank you to the organizers, attendees and the speakers many times over for your tireless dedication to liberty.  Starting up a new event like Libertopia can be frustratingly difficult, however the efforts poured into the organization of this event made it a smashing success!  I'm looking forward to attending the next Libertopia event and continuing our efforts to achieve liberty in our lifetime." Tom Hudson

"Finally the libertarian movement has an adventurous conference at which we can explore positive visions of the future beyond the tawdriness of political debate." Michael Strong

"I loved hearing Peter Thiel speak and knowing how one person can make such a difference in today's crazy world. Great convention - It was very refreshing to hear people with new ideas and people of like mind, especially Volitional Science, of which I was a product.  Just being with people of like mind was fun and satisfying so I really look forward to next year's convention." Jean Wall

"It was amazing how many brilliant speakers you assembled together.  I can't believe I had the opportunity to meet so many interesting people.  I even had an opportunity to converse with some of the speakers. Those were awesome never to be forgotten experiences!  I think bringing such a group of people together could very likely contribute to fostering critical mass for important new developments." --Libertopia attendee

"I very much enjoyed Libertopia, getting face-time with like-minded people I previously only knew on the Internet. And I appreciate the general theme that liberty must be promoted through popular culture." Scott Bieser

"[Libertopia] was a WONDERFUL event! We’d never had the experience of walking among a multitude of people and knowing that, at heart, every one was a voluntaryist. As Bill Gibson is supposed to have said, the future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed." Spencer Heath MacCallum

"That was a wonderful conference this last weekend.  I was satisfied with everything about it, all of the speakers, the sales tables, the luncheons and banquet, and the hotel.  All first class." John Imig

"I had an outstanding time at Libertopia -- great speakers, great exhibitors, great attendees, great conversations!" Paul Best

"Libertopia was indeed a huge success! The speakers were absolutely incredible, and it’s very enjoyable to hear the perspective of others.  It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who thinks in this manner" Christopher Rueth

"I am a mother of a 20 year old boy who, after attending Libertopia with me, felt that he had found his niche. The presentations he heard from folks like Marc Stevens, Stefan Molyneux, and Brad Spangler really made sense to him and feels just like I do, that life without a state is a key for a progressive evolution of the human race." Patricia Iniquez

"I had a lot of fun. Liked the speakers, Reason reception, and banquet with awards to deserving recipients. I saw some people I hadn't seen in quite a while, including Dick Boddie." Bruce Bell

"I had a heck of a good time, and I am very glad to hear that we are planning to do it again next year! Sign me up as soon as possible! The only problem was that there was too much packed into one weekend!" Steve Vance

"To have so many different perspectives to view from opened me up in ways I hadn't expected. I came by way of  Marc Stevens, who I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time, and while that might have been the foot in the door, it led to intellectual pleasures serendipitous for me. I'd love to participate again next year." Norman Nelson

"Terrific experience!" Sharon Flaherty

"I am pleased to have made some new friends and seen old ones at the gathering. I look forward to the next time." Thor Halvorssen

"I had a great time. Always a colorful band of political brothers at libertarian conferences that's for sure. Loved the scantily clad dude at the banquet." Michael Shermer

"It ran quite smoothly and I found it uplifting and inspiring.  I am definitely looking forward to next year's conference." Chris Boehr

"We enjoyed it so much that we will probably make it an annual event for the club." Brett Fisher, Penn State College Libertarians

"I had a great time.  I plan on going next year too." Frank Nuzzo

Speakers

The speakers for Libertopia 2010 include:

Master of Ceremonies

Richard BoddieRichard B. Boddie, J.D.

President of The Motivators

http://www.freestateproject.org/about/endorsements/boddie.php

 

Master of Ceremonies: Evening Ceremonies

Richard SteinRichard Stein

Comedian, comedy writer, and emcee and comic for Libertarian events.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1328843/

Keynote Speakers

Peter ThielPeter Thiel

Founding CEO, PayPal; President, Clarium Capital; Philanthropist

http://thielfoundation.org

 

Butler Shaffer Butler Shaffer

Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School

http://www.swlaw.edu/faculty/faculty_listing/facultybio/70115

General Session Speakers: Main Conference Room

David Beito David T. Beito

Professor of History at the University of Alabama

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_T._Beito

Bruce Benson Bruce L. Benson

Economics Department Chair, a DeVoe Moore Professor, and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University

http://mailer.fsu.edu/~bbenson/

Gary ChartierGary Chartier

Associate Dean of the School of Business and Associate Professor of Law and Business Ethics at La Sierra University at Riverside, CA

http://liberalaw.blogspot.com/

Fred FoldvaryFred Foldvary

Economist at Santa Clara University and research fellow at Independent Institute

http://www.foldvary.net/

David Friedman David Friedman

Professor of Law at Santa Clara University and Economist

http://www.daviddfriedman.com/

Gary Graham Gary Graham

Actor and libertarian activist

http://www.garygraham.com

Roderick Long Roderick T. Long

Professor of philosophy at Auburn University, president of the Molinari Institute, and an anarcho-libertarian blogger

http://aaeblog.com

Stefan Molyneux Stefan Molyneux

Blogger, essayist, author, and host of the Freedomain Radio series of podcasts

http://www.freedomainradio.com/

Sharon Priestly Sharon Presley, Ph.D.

Social psychologist, Co-founder Laissez Faire Books, author, libertarian anarchist writer and activist.

http://www.sharonpresley.com/index.html

Sheldon RichmanSheldon Richman

Editor of The Freeman, published by Foundation for Economic Education, senior fellow at the Future of Freedom Foundation

http://www.fff.org/aboutUs/bios/sxr.asp

J. Neil Schulman J. Neil Schulman

Award-winning Author/Filmmaker/Songwriter

http://www.pulpless.com/jneil/jnsbio.html

Michael Shermer Michael Shermer

Science writer, historian of science, and founder of The Skeptics Society

http://www.michaelshermer.com/

Jay Stuart SnelsonJay Stuart Snelson

Professional speaker and creator of The V-50 Lectures and Win-Win Theory.

http://jaysnelson.com/

Marc Stevens Marc Stevens

Voluntaryist author, consultant and radio show host

http://marcstevens.net/

Michael Strong Michael Strong

Pioneer in education and independent learning

http://www.flowidealism.org/Home/about-us.html

Breakout Speakers:

Scott Beiser Scott Bieser

Cartoonist, illustrator, graphic novelist and political contrarian.

http://www.bigheadpress.com

Peter BosPeter Bos

V-50 innovator and entrepreneur.

Link Coming Soon!

Ankur ChawlaAnkur Chawla

Executive Board Member, Students For Liberty

http://studentsforliberty.org/

Zaria Dynia Zaira Dynia

Anthropologist, theatre artist, DJ, a co-host of Truthatoz Podcast, and PR Rep for the Ladies of Liberty Alliance

www.truthatoz.net, www.iamlola.org

Michelle FieldsMichelle Fields

Campus Coordinator, Students for Liberty

http://studentsforliberty.org/

Allisno Gibbs Allison Gibbs

Founder and Executive Director of the Ladies of Liberty Alliance (LOLA)

http://iamlola.org/

Anthony Gregory Anthony Gregory

Research Analyst at The Independent Institute and songwriter/musician

http://www.independent.org/aboutus/person_detail.asp?id=506

Chas Holloway Chas Holloway

Publisher and writer of fiction and non-fiction works on liberty.

http://www.chasholloway.com

Dwight Johnson Dwight Johnson

Software engineer by day and Website Publisher by night

http://www.panarchy-sj.com/HomePage.php

Angela Keaton Angela Keaton

Development Director for Antiwar.com, Producer of Antiwar Radio, Vice Chair of the Board of Ladies of Liberty Alliance

http://www.antiwar.com/radio

Ted Lumpkin Tad Lumpkin

Writer, Director, Producer and Executive in the entertainment industry.

http://theamericandreamfilm.com/

Spencer McCallum Spencer MacCallum

Anthropologist, business consultant, and libertarian anarchist author.

Link Coming Soon!

James PeronJames Peron

Libertarian Author

Link Coming Soon!

Robert A Peters width=Robert A Peters

Actor and Producer

http://www.robertanthonypeters.com

Christine PetersonChristine Peterson

President, Foresight Institute & Chairman, Personalized Life Extension 2010

http://foresight.org/about/Peterson.html

Bob PrestridgeBob Prestridge

Paleo-anarcho capitalist and creator of a political hard SF television series.

Link coming soon

Pasha RobertsPasha Roberts

Director/Producer of Silver Circle, a new independent film

http://silvercirclemovie.com

Paul Rosenberg Paul Rosenberg

Author and entrepreneur

www.veraverba.com, www.cryptohippie.com

Brad Spangler Brad Spangler

Anarchist blogger and Director, Center for a Stateless Society

http://bradspangler.com/

Starchild Starchild

Libertarian activist and erotic service provider (aka Chris Fox)

http://www.manjam.com/chrisfox

harold uhlHarold Uhl

Writer and Director, with 16 years experience in film & TV production

http://theamericandreamfilm.com/

Speaking via Exclusive Video for Libertopia

L. Neil Smith L. Neil Smith

Libertarian science fiction author and political activist.

http://www.lneilsmith.org/

All speakers are subject to change without notice.

 

Highlights

Screening of Star Trek: Of Gods and Men - Thursday 10/14 at 8pm

Star Trek: Of Gods and MenStar Trek: Of Gods and Men is a film made for Star Trek fans by a professional cast and crew who volunteered their time and talents in a celebration of forty years of the beloved Star Trek universe. More important, it is an example of how the collaborative art of filmmaking, even in a genre constrained by forty years of "canon," can be used to promote the ideals of peace, freedom and self-determination. Even those who aren't Star Trek fans can enjoy the combination of a rousing story and mind-opening themes.

 

 

Reason Magazine Cocktail Reception - Saturday 10/16 at 6pm

Reason cover 5-2010 Reason Magazine, the magazine of "free minds and free markets," is a 12th Annual Webby Awards Official Honoree selection and is listed by the Chicago Tribune as one of 50 best magazines. It covers politics, culture, and ideas with a mix of news, analysis, commentary and reviews and, according to the Chicago Tribune, does it all very well.

Libertopia is proud to announce that Reason will be hosting a cocktail reception with appetizers and cash bar on Saturday evening, October 16. Join us for the celebration.

 

Sovereign Awards for Lifetime Achievement Banquet - Saturday 10/16 at 7pm

The Sovereign Awards for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to three outstanding individuals for their lifetime contribution to advancing the ideas of sovereign individuals, peace, freedom and a voluntary society. The banquet is a high end affair, a scrumptious feast served buffet style to allow plenty of choices for the discriminating palate. Most of the speakers are expected to attend, so it is also an opportunity to get to know them and other members. Not to be missed!

 

 

Schedule

Preregistration for the three-day event begins at 6pm on Thursday, October 14, with a screening of the award winning film Star Trek: Of Gods and Men at 8pm and an informal reception immediately following.

Thursday, October 14

6pm - 8pm - Preregistration

8pm - 10:00 - Star Trek: Of Gods and Men screening

 

Friday, October 15

8am - 9:45am - Registration

Main Hall

9:45 - 9:55 - opening remarks by Richard Boddie, Master of Ceremonies

9:55 - 10:00 - video greeting from L. Neil Smith

10:00 - 10:45 - Roderick Long - "Anarchy!"

10:45 - 11:00 - break

11:00 - 11:45 - Butler Shaffer - "Boundaries of Order"

11:45 - 12:30 - Sheldon Richman - "The Individual is Sovereign: A Radical Idea?"

12:30 - 2:00 - Lunch break

Breakout sessions from 2:00 - 4:00

2:00 - 2:45 - Scott Bieser/Big Head Press breakout - "Comics and The Literature of Freedom"

2:45 - 3:00 - break

3:00 - 3:45 - Pasha Roberts/Silver Circle Movie breakout - "The Fed, Silver and Inflation: Recipe for (a) Disaster and (b) a Cool Film"

3:45 - 4:00 - break

General sessions from 4:00 - 5:30

4:00 - 4:45 - Michael Shermer - "Why Do People Believe in The State?"

4:45 - 5:30 - Peter Thiel - keynote - TBA

9:00 - 10:00 - Variety show with MC Rich Stein, including screening of short film "2081" with introduction by director, Chandler Tuttle, and screening of animated short "Save Sonny" with introduction by director, Pasha Roberts

Breakout room #1

2:00 - 2:45 - Robert Anthony Peters - "Liberty and Art"

3:00 - 3:45 - Bob Prestridge - "Why Libertarians Must Be Active in Hollywood and in the Arts"

Breakout room #2

2:00 - 2:45 - Fred Marks - "Free Market Replacements for the Political State"

2:45 - 3:15 - John Goode - "Andrew Galambos: Freedom's Eccentric Genius"

3:15 - 4:00 - Pete Bos - "The Road to Freedom: Who Needs the State?"

 

Breakout room #3

2:00 - 2:45 - Brad Spangler - "What is Agorism?"

3:00 - 3:45 - Ankur Chawla/Students for Liberty - "Messaging Liberty to the Next Generation"

Lunch/Other Events room

12:30 - 1:45 - Lunch with Bruce Benson - "The Road Not Taken: How Private Roads will Work in a Voluntary Society"

7:30 - 9:00 - Silver Circle Movie and Ladies of Liberty Alliance Presents: "Meet the Women of the Movement"

Outdoors

5:45 - 7:15 - Pizza mixer hosted by Antiwar and LOLA

 

Saturday, October 16

Main Hall

8:50am - 9:00am - Richard Boddie opening remarks

9:00 - 9:45 - Marc Stevens - "Undermining the Non-existent State"

9:45 - 10:30 - Bruce Benson - "Private Production of Law & Protection"

10:30 - 11:00 - break

11:00 - 11:45 - Stefan Molyneux - "Living Free in an Unfree World"

11:45 - 12:30 - David Beito - "The Voluntary City & Mutual Aid Societies"

12:30 - 2:00 - Lunch break

Breakout sessions from 2:00 - 4:00

2:00 - 2:45 - Tad Lumpkin & Harold Uhl breakout - screening "American Dream"

2:45 - 3:00 - break

3:00 - 3:45 - Christine Peterson - "Life Extension: Live free by taking personal control of your healthspan"

3:45 - 4:00 - break

General sessions from 4:00 - 5:30

4:00 - 4:45 - Fred Foldvary - "Private communities"

4:45 - 5:30 - Sharon Presley - "Psychology of Freedom: A Free State of Mind in an Unfree State"

7:00 - 10:00 - Sovereign Awards Banquet with MC Rich Stein, remarks by Gary Graham on "How Hollywood changed the World and Why We Must Make Libertarian Films," keynote speech by Butler Shaffer on "Freedom, Liberty, and Individual Sovereignty." Barbara Branden will be presenting the award to Nathaniel Branden; Michael Shermer will be presenting the award to Jay Snelson; and Thor Halvorssen will be presenting the award to Peter Thiel.

Breakout room #1

2:00 - 3:45 - LOLA & AntiWar with Angela Keaton, Zaira Dynia, and Allison Gibbs - "Women and War/Agorism: turning temporary autonomous zones into permanent autonomous communities."

Breakout room #2

2:00 - 3:00 Charles Holloway - "The Definition of Freedom"

3:00 - 3:45 - Jay Snelson: "Taming the Violence of Faith: Win-Win Solutions in a Win-Lose World"

Breakout room #3

2:00 - 2:45 - Jim Peron - "The Role of Fiction in Promoting a Free Society"

3:00 - 3:45 Anthony Gregory - "Do Not Be Co-opted by the Machine: How Libertarian Energy Is Diverted Toward Statist Ends"

Lunch/Other Events room

12:30 - 1:45 - lunch with David Friedman - "The Machinery of Freedom"

6:00 - 7:00 - Reason cocktail reception


Sunday, October 17

Main Hall

9:35am - 9:45am - Richard Boddie opening remarks

9:45 - 10:30 - Gary Chartier - "A Revolution of the Imagination: Statism is Failure of Imagination"

10:30 - 11:00 - break

11:00 - 11:45 - Jay Snelson - "Win-Win Theory on Optimizing the Causes of Peace, Prosperity, and Freedom"

11:45 - 12:30 - J. Neil Schulman - "Reloading the New American Revolution: Promoting freedom-based values, visions, and practical suggestions through the written word, films, music, and the Internet"

12:30 - 2:00 - Lunch break

2:00 - 2:45 - Dwight Johnson breakout - "Panarchy & Government by Contract"

2:45 - 3:00 - break

3:00 - 3:45 - Paul Rosenberg breakout - "Digital Security In Fact & Fiction"

3:45 - 4:00 - break

4:00 - 4:45 - David Friedman - "Future Imperfect: Revolutions that Might Happen and What They Would Mean"

4:45 - 5:30 - Michael Strong - "Letting a Thousand Free Cities Bloom"

5:30 - 5:45 - Panel - "I'd Rather Be in Libertopia"

Breakout room #1

2:00 - 2:45 - Michelle Fields/Students For Liberty - "How to Work with Students"

Breakout room #2

2:00 - 2:45 - Spencer MacCallum - "Individualism and Community: The Sovereign Man in Context,'"

2:45 - 4:00 - Panel Discussion - "Private Cities" - Spencer MacCallum, Jay Snelson, Pete Bos, Alvin Lowi. Moderated by Chas Holloway

 

Breakout room #3

2:00 - 2:45 - Starchild - "Nationalism - As Evil & Wrong as Racism, Sexism & Homophobia"

3:00 - 3:45 - Panel - What do we call ourselves?

Lunch/Other Events Room

12:30 - 1:45 - Lunch with Stefan Molyneux - "The Human Farm"

* schedule subject to change without notice

 

Location & Hotel

Libertopia 2010 is held at the luxurious Hilton Universal City hotel with a special room rate (and 47% off parking rate) for Libertopia members under the Hollywood Xpo group name. Located at the main entrance to Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk, this 24-story, multi-million dollar facility conveys the style and feel of contemporary California living in a relaxed resort setting, while adding a host of modern comforts and conveniences.

Hilton Hollywood

Aside from formal meeting rooms, the hotel offers many inviting spots for social networking.

A special room rate of $149.00 per night, single/double occupancy has been arranged. It can be extended for a maximum of three nights prior and three night after the Libertopia festival.

Take advantage of the special rate we have negotiated with the Hilton hotel. Films and other programming will run late into the night and you don't want to miss anything. Use our special online reservation page.

As an added benefit to this hotel, Hollywood Xpo will be taking place at the same time, and members of Libertopia will have full access to the exciting Hollywood Xpo celebration of pop culture. 

Make a vacation of your trip to Hollywood! The Hilton Universal City Hotel is perfectly situated as the jumping-off point to whatever experience you choose! From the famous Universal Studios tour – practically right outside your hotel door! – to the new NBC studios are now located Universal - or you can “jump the hill” over to Burbank to visit the old NBC headquarters on Alameda (this is where the famous 1968 “Star Trek March on NBC was held!). If movies are more your bag, the Warner Brothers Studio is just down the street from NBC, and the famous Forest Lawn Cemetery is close by.

Moving south, you can explore downtown Hollywood, home of the world-famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, the Hollywood Wax Museum, and the famous “Walk of Fame” – see how many Hollywood Stars you can find! And, if you time it just right, you just might find yourself “on the inside” at the taping of a network sitcom or talk show!

Performing arts? How about the Kodak Theater at Hollywood and Highland, or the world-famous Hollywood Bowl – or, just a little further away, LA Live and Nokia Theater and the Disney Center for the Performing Arts? There’s always an audience-pleaser going on in Hollywood, and you’re just minutes away from the experience!

Sports? The Lakers, the Clippers, the Dodgers, and the Angels – October is prime sports time, as baseball’s postseason gets into high gear and the NBA season starts anew (and let’s not forget the Kings and Ducks! NHL Hockey!)!

Or, if just chilling is your thing, head out to Venice Beach and stroll the famous boardwalk!

The Bottom Line: There’s no shortage of things to do in Hollywood and the surrounding area – so this is your perfect opportunity, while you’re with us for Libertopia, to make a full vacation of it, enjoy our sights and sounds and create a memorable visit of a lifetime!

 

Membership & Tickets

Libertopia is a movement and a community and, therefore, more than just the invitation to attend the annual celebration. Annual membership starts with attendance at Libertopia 2010 and access to all speeches, panels, the exhibitors' room, and networking activities, but also includes access to the Community section of this website, where ideas about promoting the Libertopia ideal as well as inputs about the celebration are shared by members.

Membership for Adults --

 

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Membership for students with ID --

 

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Membership for individuals under 18 is no charge.

Libertopia VIP Membership - Highly Recommended


Includes the following:

  • The Libertopia 2010 Annual Membership
  • The Sovereign Awards for Lifetime Achievement Banquet
  • Special package of all three lunches with speakers
  • Reserved best seats to all main room sessions

 

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Special Lifetime Membership


Libertopia is an annual event that needs the support of the community. Please consider a lifetime membership, which gives you membership to all the annual festivals, plus other benefits that will be offered in the future. Although this membership does not include special event tickets, it does include any discounts offered on those tickets.

A one-time only membership fee of $1000.


Memberships are non-refundable but can be transferred in the event the original member is unable to attend the festival for any reason.

Special Event Tickets

The Sovereign Awards for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to three outstanding individuals for their lifetime contribution to advancing the ideas of sovereign individuals, peace, freedom and a voluntary society. The banquet is a high end affair, a scrumptious feast served buffet style to allow plenty of choices for the discriminating palate. Most of the speakers are expected to attend, so it is also an opportunity to get to know them and other members. Not to be missed!

 

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Non-Member Awards Banquet Ticket

 

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Libertopia is pleased to offer the opportunity to attend three very special luncheon meetings honoring three of the leading thinkers of the movement for voluntary society. Each day of the festival, one of these giants will speak to an exclusive group of participants on subjects not discussed at the general sessions. The delicious lunches will be prepared by the outstanding Hilton chefs. Please help us honor these world renowned speakers.

Friday, October 15, Lunch with Bruce Benson - The Road Not Taken: How Private Roads will Work in a Voluntary Society

 

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Saturday, October 16, Lunch with David Friedman - The Machinery of Freedom, based on his seminal book.

 

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Sunday, October 17, Lunch with Stefan Molyneux - The Human Farm

 

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Exhibitor Tables

Part of the purpose of the festival/conference is to bring together resources that are of interest to our members. For those who have products or services to offer our members, we have exhibitor tables available. Each table comes with two memberships.

 

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Social networking is emphasized and enabled in a number of ways, including time-outs for interaction and celebration.