The speakers at Libertopia are experts in a wide range of subjects and disciplines, from the most intellectual to the most practical. They are the world's leading authorities on Voluntaryism, free market economics, law, philosophy, psychology, political science, entrepreneurship, investments, privacy strategies, peaceful parenting, non-traditional schooling, and so much more. They come to share their knowledge and passion for liberty, peace, and prosperity for all.
Jeffrey Tucker, Master of Ceremonies
Jeffrey is the CLO of Liberty.me, Distinguished Fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education, editor of Laissez Faire Books, research fellow of the Acton Institute, economic analysis of the Daily Bitcoin, and consultant to Praxis. He is author of several books including Bourbon for Breakfast (2010), It’s a Jetsons World (2011), A Beautiful Anarchy (2012), Freedom Is a Do-it-Yourself Project (2014, and the forthcoming Bit by Bit: How P2P is Freeing, the World. He is adjunct scholar at the Mackinac Center, speaks annually for the Acton University, has spoken for the Institute for Humane Studies, conducted many seminars for the Students for Liberty, has been interviewed on countless media venues.
Dr. David Friedman
David Friedman is an American economist, physicist, legal scholar, and libertarian theorist. He is known for his textbook writings on microeconomics and the libertarian theory of anarcho-capitalism, which is the subject of his most popular book, The Machinery of Freedom. Besides The Machinery of Freedom, he has authored several other books and articles, including Price Theory: An Intermediate Text (1986), Law's Order: What Economics Has to Do with Law and Why It Matters (2000), Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life (1996), and Future Imperfect (2008).
Butler Shaffer is Professor Emeritus at Southwestern University School of Law. He is the author of the newly-released In Restraint of Trade: The Business Campaign Against Competition, 1918–1938, Calculated Chaos: Institutional Threats to Peace and Human Survival, and Boundaries of Order. His latest book is The Wizards of Ozymandias.
Walter Block (via Skype)
Walter E. Block is Harold E. Wirth Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics, College of Business, Loyola University New Orleans, and senior fellow at the Mises Institute. He earned his PhD in economics at Columbia University in 1972. He has taught at Rutgers, SUNY Stony Brook, Baruch CUNY, Holy Cross and the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of over 400 refereed articles in professional journals, two dozen books, and thousands of op eds. He lectures widely on college campuses, delivers seminars around the world and appears regularly on television and radio shows.
Jeff Deist is president of the Mises Institute, where he serves as a writer, a public speaker, and a dedicated activist for free markets and a more libertarian society. He previously worked as a longtime advisor and chief of staff to Congressman Ron Paul, for whom he wrote hundreds of articles and speeches. In his years with Dr. Paul he worked with countless grassroots activists and organizations dedicated to reducing the size and scope of government. Jeff also spent many years as a tax attorney advising private equity clients on mergers & acquisitions.
Gary Chartier, PhD
Gary Chartier is Professor of Law and Business Ethics and Associate Dean of the Zapara School of Business at La Sierra University, and a senior fellow and trustee of the Center for a Stateless Society. He is the author of five books, including Anarchy and Legal Order (Cambridge 2013) and The Conscience of an Anarchist (Cobden 2011), and of over thirty articles in scholarly journals, as well as the co-editor (with Charles W. Johnson) of Markets Not Capitalism (Minor Compositions-Autonomedia 2011). He holds a JD from UCLA (2001, Order of the Coif) and a PhD from the University of Cambridge (1991).
Roderick T. Long
Roderick T. Long (A.B. Harvard, 1985; Ph.D. Cornell, 1992) is professor of philosophy at Auburn University, president of the Molinari Institute and Molinari Society, editor of The Industrial Radical and Molinari Review, and co-editor of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies. A founding member of the Alliance of the Libertarian Left and senior fellow at the Center for a Stateless Society, Long blogs at Austro-Athenian Empire and Bleeding Heart Libertarians.
Spencer Heath McCallum, commonly known as Spencer MacCallum, is an American anthropologist, business consultant and author. He is especially noted for his discovery of the pottery of the town of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico.
In 1956, MacCallum and his grandfather, Spencer Heath, inventor and dissenter from mainstream Georgism, founded the Science of Society Foundation, which published a number of works including Heath's book Citadel, Market, and Altar. MacCallum was for many years an active researcher and lecturer for academic and business clients. He remains a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.
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Richard B. Boddie
Richard B. Boddie is the President and Founder of The Motivators, a professional speakers bureau out of Huntington Beach, California, is also an adjunct professor in political science at Coastline Community College in Fountain Valley, California, in addition to being the Vice President and Grievance and Negotiations Chair for the Coast Community College Association (the part-time faculty union for the Coast Community College District), and an Independent Associate with LEGAL SHIELD [which was previously Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. (NYSE) ], and a well known raconteur and idealogue.
Peter Bos was the first person to assert that "the property protection function of government could be assumed by insurance companies," and to point out "that those insurance companies would have a proprietary interest in the protection of the insured's property." Furthermore, Bos noted that "this would not require the creation of a new industry, or a new technology, because the basic mechanism already existed." His book, THE ROAD TO FREEDOM AND THE DEMISE OF NATION STATES (2015), elaborates these concepts.
Derrick Broze is an activist, journalist, and author based in Houston, Texas. His journalism has been featured on many independent media platforms as well as Fox, Al Jazeera, and RT. He is the co-author of The Conscious Resistance trilogy, a series of books which focus on creating a more free world by recognizing the value of individual liberty and a spiritual relationship with oneself. In 2018 he will complete his second national speaking/community building tour.
Catherine Bleish is a decentralized lifestyle activist. She lives full time in a converted school bus (The Bitcoin Bus) where she unschools her children and runs runs one of her family businesses (TheHomestead.guru). The Blush Family has travelled the United States, coast to coast, border to border, spending bitcoin-only and advocating for decentralized lifestyles. On the road they help people set up bitcoin and dash wallets, and send them their first transaction. Catherine advocates for sovereignty through crypto currency, unschooling, tiny homes, nomadic travels, farmers markets / gardens, spiritual journies, and other decentralized modalities. You can find her on steemit and Facebook.
John and his partner Catherine own a Kratom/CBD/Botanical line that can be found in Central Texas stores, and online (MyBraveBotanicals.com).
Michael E. Cindrich is one of San Diego’s top recreational and medical marijuana attorneys. In 2009 he was nominated by San Diego City Council member Marti Emerald to be on San Diego’s Medical Marijuana Task Force.
Mr. Cindrich is an advocate for marijuana consumers across the state of California and throughout the United States. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the San Diego County chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), and is a lifetime member of the national NORML Legal Committee.
TK Coleman is the Education Director for Praxis. He has coached dozens of young people and top performers from all stages of life. He's the author of hundreds of articles and is a frequent speaker on education, entrepreneurship, freedom, personal growth, and creativity. TK is a relentless learner, has been involved in numerous startups, and has professional experience ranging from the entertainment to financial services industries and academia. Above all else, TK is on a mission to help people embrace their own power and expand their own possibilities.
Patent-holding inventor, engineer, designer, surfer, writer, pilot, amateur theologian, thinker of very dangerous thoughts, enemy of the state, beer loving anarchist, poet, sculptor, encourager, singer/songwriter, designer of unapproved medical devices, craftsman, grandfather, teacher, guitarist, play-by-ear musician, NAUI/PADI certified diver, hiker, astronomer, and (through no fault of his own) a saint.
Private Practice, San Diego CA. Hypnotherapist, Educator, Writer, Business Consultant, InterFaith Minister, Neruo-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Other Than Conscious Communication Specialist. Assisting couples, individuals & teams to communicate effectively with all parts of the self and others in order to assure optimum actualization of professional and personal goals.
Toni Fairman is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner providing nutritional counseling and support to clients since 2009. Her passion for nutrition enables her to assist clients with healing diets including the GAPS™ diet, weight loss, digestive wellness, increased energy, male and female hormonal balancing, cancer support, mental health, children’s issues and overall improvement in health. Toni has a special gift for seeing the impact of emotional distress on physical health and can assist clients in relieving that distress using energy medicine techniques, leaving clients with an overall sense of well-being.
Fred Emanuel Foldvary is a lecturer in economics at San Jose State University, California, and a research fellow at The Independent Institute. He previously taught at Santa Clara University and other colleges. He is also a commentator and senior editor for the online journal The Progress Report and an associate editor of the online journal Econ Journal Watch. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.
ryan william nohea garcia
Entrepreneur, promoter, attorney. Ambassador for the Seasteading Institute.
Rachel Goldsmith is the Executive Director of the Free State Project. She is a Free Stater, new mom, anarcrafter, eurogamer, and loves to play ultimate. She prefers to not have free time, because that's communist. In addition to an MBA, Rachel’s professional background and business experience include fundraising, marketing, and event production. She consents to Facebook friend requests and LinkedIn connections, and loves to listen to EconTalk on bike rides on the Kancamagus Highway.
Kevin Grigorenko is a software engineer on the WebSphere Application Server SWAT team
Founder of news website Freedom’s Phoenix, host of the Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock Radio Show, Publisher of the Freedom’s Phoenix Digital Magazine and Freedom’s Phoenix Newspaper. Ernest created www.PiratesWithoutBorders.com to promote the DeCentralization of… Everything Ernest is a longtime Libertarian and is known for many things, but he kick-started the r3VOLution by going around the country during the ’08 and ’12 election cycles, freeing minds and inspiring many people to think outside the system. Ernest has longtime relationships with activists across the country. Known as a radical, Ernest is always engaging, entertaining, and his brand of freedom is unforgettable to all who meet him. “Freedom’s The Answer, What’s the Question?!”
Co-Manager, Bialla Venture Partners2LLC; Member and Ambassador at Mises Institute. An advocate for individual freedom. In support of entrepreneurship - one of freedom's strongest expressions - Hastings invests in start-ups directly and as co-manager of Bialla Venture Partners 2, LLC. He makes the case for freedom through his own writing and through support of the Mises Institute. He tries to make political change through the Rescue California Educational Foundation.
Scott Horton is the author of Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, managing director of the Libertarian Institute, host of Antiwar Radio for Pacifica Radio's KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles and KUCR in Riverside, California, and the foreign policy interview podcast, The Scott Horton Show. Horton conducts interviews with journalists, politicians, pundits, lawyers and experts on foreign policy and war-time law. Horton has recorded more than 4500 interviews since 2003. Horton is also the opinion editor of the libertarian, non-interventionist website Antiwar.com
Amy James is the lead author of Open Index Protocol, a blockchain specification for a worldwide database, and co-founder of Alexandria.io where she serves as strategist, writer, public speaker and advocate for artists. She has previously worked for nonprofit arts organizations, political campaigns and as an independent writer/director. How blockchain will benefit creators is the most exhilarating story she’s ever told.
Dr. David Kamnitzer
Dr. David Kamnitzer (aka “Dr David” and “The Cutting-Edge Doc”) has a passion for being with people in such a way that the “Light Bulb” tends to go on for them, and then to assist their unfolding Journey in Truth.
Blessed with natural teaching ability from early childhood, he also discovered he had a gift for healing while in his early 20’s. His big heart, sharp mind, and audacious vision have blended to create a dynamic life, full of adventure, challenges, and deep rewards.
Ragnar Lifthrasir is a #noted entrepreneur, advisor, consultant, and passionate advocate for bitcoin and blockchain adoption in real estate. In 2013 he founded the International Blockchain Real Estate Association (IBREA), a trade organization focused on education, events, professional networking, and supporting startups. In 2016 Ragnar founded velox.RE, a startup that uses the Bitcoin blockchain as a vertical platform for fundamental real estate applications. Ragnar holds a Masters in Real Estate Development from Columbia University. He earned his first bitcoins in 2011 from a bitcoin faucet.
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A 30-year veteran of finance and economics, Steven began investing in bitcoin in 2011. He is co-founder of the San Diego Bitcoin Meetup and is an active Guest Speaker at various conferences covering the topics of money, economics and liberty.
Luis Fernando Mises
Luis Fernando Mises is a Consultant that teaches Leadership all over the United States, a Yoga instructor, a Meditation teacher, a student of Austrian Economics, a Statesman with the Libertarian Party, a Curandero, an Entrepreneur, and a Family man. He realized his personal mission was to empower others and to be present; and this realization propelled him to create Emancipated Human as a way to bring stories that would help people see the nature of the police state we currently live in, ideas to hack the world, interviews with people that have practical examples, and inspiration to live a freer life.
Sara Naheedy and Tom Scott
Sara Naheedy and Tom Scott are experts in the U.S. legal system with 30+ years of combined experience and are authors of the number one rated book, Stack the Legal Odds in Your Favor: Understand America’s Corrupt Judicial System—Protect Yourself Now and Boost Chances of Winning Cases Later. It has been endorsed by Senator Marco Rubio and Dr. Ron Paul, among others. Sara and Tom also post an informative monthly blog on their website, stloiyf.com and host a monthly show, The Legal Power Hour.
Sara has been practicing law since 2009 as a private practitioner and is located in Costa Mesa, CA. She received her Juris Doctor from Chapman University. She is a staunch advocate for people who are abused by the system. Sara is also a real estate broker and an avid sports fan.
Tom has been a litigant in approximately two dozen traffic, small claims, criminal, divorce, jurisdictional, class action, and other cases in four different states. He has an amazing fifteen and four win/loss record and has won his last eight cases. Tom is also the world's former top-rated fitness model and is a former college and semi-pro athlete. He is also an accomplished commercial model and actor, has an engineering degree, holds a U.S. patent, is a former certified personal trainer, and is coauthoring Stack the Health Odds in Your Favor.
James L. Payne
James L. Payne is Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Director of Lytton Research and Analysis and author of several books. Dr. Payne received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, and he has taught political science at Yale University, Wesleyan University, Johns Hopkins University, and Texas A & M University.
James Peron is the president of the Moorfield Storey Institute, an independent think tank dedicated to equality of rights before the law, social tolerance and civil liberties. He has written for numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal (Europe), Reason, and The Johannesburg Star. He is the author of Zimbabwe: Death of a Dream, as well as the novel City Limits and is currently working on a new book, "Liberty and Love" on the history of the classical liberal fight for gay equality.
Paul is CEO and Co-Founder of Airbitz, a company with a vision of Bitcoin mass adoption through ease of use and ease of security. Airbitz has released the world’s easiest to use, most feature rich, and accurate Bitcoin business directory on the web, iPhone, and Android app stores.
Paul Rosenberg is the author of the Free-Man’s Perspective newsletter, as well as a founder of a leading online privacy system, Cryptohippie. In a previous life, a successful construction and engineering career saw Paul called as an expert witness in numerous legal cases and a consultant and contractor to many organizations. He developed and taught 19 continuing ed courses for Iowa State University’s College of Engineering. He also co-founded the Fiber Optic Association and wrote the first ever standard for the installation of fiberoptic cables in buildings. A prolific author of more than 60 books, including A Lodging of Wayfaring Men, Production Versus Plunder and The Breaking Dawn, Paul is a frequent speaker at conferences.
Humanities teacher, Providence, and Foundation for Economic Education lecturer. Directs the Libertas Scholars Program at Providence. Bruce Rottman has taught Economics, History, and American Government since 1980 in private schools in Florida, Washington, Wisconsin, and California. He has won several prizes for excellence in economic education, has lectured for FEE and for Libertopia, and currently teaches in Santa Barbara, California.
Kenneth W. Royce
Kenneth W. Royce (aka Boston T. Party, Editor-in-Chief of www.javelinpress.com, and founder of www.freestatewyoming.org) is a pilot, shooting instructor, speaker, and the author of 16 books on guns, history, politics, privacy, government, becoming a better Man. His Boston's Gun Bible is a classic within the shooting community, and his novel Molôn Labé! was the first book to describe freedom living within a state (Wyoming) going its own way for Liberty. His latest book is Modules for Manhood 3, completing his 1,600 page three-volume set to assist men of all ages in finding their own unique purpose in this dynamic 21st century.
Dr. Barry J. Shwartz
Dr. Schwartz is a published neuroscientist (co-author of publications in Nature and other neuroscience journals), and a educator (currently Associate Dean at ITT Technical Institute’s campus in National City, CA). He lectures and writes on the connection between brain science and liberty. He doubles as a comedy writer and stand-up comedian (aka Simon Blackthorn, having performed at Libertopia 2011 and 2012).
Voluntaryist author, consultant and radio show host. Marc Stevens is the author of the intercontinental cult classic “Adventures In Legal Land: Where black is white and white is black and other shocking discoveries from America’s courtrooms” and host of the only radio show on the air dedicated to bringing about a voluntary society, the No State Project.
Marc J. Victor
Marc J. Victor, Esq. - an Arizona State bar certified specialist in criminal law who has been zealously representing clients in serious state and federal criminal law matters for well over twenty years. As a long time freedom activist, Mr. Victor speaks to audiences regarding issues including ending the drug war, the rights of gun owners, the free market, as well as criminal justice and criminal law related issues. His jury trial experience includes several murder trials including death -eligible matters as well as complex sex and drug cases including both state and federal courts. He has also successfully argued before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
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Dr. Aye Thandar Win
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