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March 2-4, 2018, Students For Liberty will host LibertyCon at the Washington Marriott, Wardman Park. Join us in Washington D.C. and help usher in a new chapter for the global liberty movement ‒ just when we need it most.

More than just a student conference, SFL’s LibertyCon is a place for liberty-lovers of all ages to meet, plan, learn, and have fun.

With a faster-paced schedule this year, it’s going to be non-stop liberty for three days straight ‒ and we’ve got a little something for everyone. From the Ama-Gi Art Exhibit, to workshops, film screenings, musical guests, and more, there are many ways to “Be Free” at LibertyCon.
March 2-4, 2018, Students For Liberty will host LibertyCon at the Washington Marriott, Wardman Park. Join us in Washington D.C. and help usher in a new chapter for the global liberty movement ‒ just when we need it most.

More than just a student conference, SFL’s LibertyCon is a place for liberty-lovers of all ages to meet, plan, learn, and have fun.

With a faster-paced schedule this year, it’s going to be non-stop liberty for three days straight ‒ and we’ve got a little something for everyone. From the Ama-Gi Art Exhibit, to workshops, film screenings, musical guests, and more, there are many ways to “Be Free” at LibertyCon.
PROGRAM

John McAfee

Tech Titan

John McAfee

Tech Titan

A cybersecurity and software pioneer, Mr. McAfee began his career at NASA’s Institute for Space Studies from 1968 to 1970. Later, Mr. McAfee successfully contributed to various software and development projects with technology leaders, such as Univac, Zerox, Computer Sciences Corporation, and consulting firm, Booze Allan Hamilton. In 1989, Mr. McAfee left Lockheed Martin and began McAfee Associates, the world’s first antivirus company. Two years after McAfee Associates went public, Mr. McAfee sold his remaining stake in the company that was acquired by Intel Corporation in August 2010. In 2016, Mr. McAfee sought the office of President of the United States as a candidate of the Libertarian Party. Mr. McAfee has earned bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Roanoke College, which subsequently awarded him an honorary Sc.D degree in 2008. Mr. McAfee is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of the Board for MGT Capital Investments, a cybersecurity firm. Mr. McAfee currently lives in Lexington, Tennessee and works out of the company's Durham headquarters.

David Friedman

Economist, Legal Scholar

David Friedman

Economist, Legal Scholar

David Friedman is an academic economist with a doctorate in physics who has spent the past twenty-one years teaching in a law school. His first book, The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, was published in 1971 and includes a description of how a society with property rights and without government might function. There as elsewhere, he offers a consequentialist defense of libertarianism. His most recent non-fiction book, Future Imperfect: Technology and Freedom in an Uncertain World, examines the implications of a variety of technological revolutions that might happen over the next few decades. His current book project, not yet published, is Legal Systems Very Different from Ours, covering systems from Periclean Athens through modern Amish and Romany. He is also the author of two novels, one commercially published and one self-published, and, with his wife, a self-published medieval and renaissance cookbook and a larger self-published book related to their hobby of historical recreation. Much of his published work, including journal articles, essays, drafts of forthcoming work and the full text of several books, can be read on his web page: www.daviddfriedman.com. He comments on a wide range of issues on his blog, Ideas, at http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/.

Daniel Hannan

Brexit Architect

Daniel Hannan

Brexit Architect

Daniel Hannan is a writer and journalist. After 17 years as a Member of the European Parliament, campaigning for British withdrawal from the EU, he succeeded in abolishing his job in the Brexit referendum on 23 June 2016. He is the author of nine books, including New York Times bestseller 'Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World', and Sunday Times bestseller 'Vote Leave'. His latest book is 'What Next: How to get the best from Brexit'.

Susan Herman

ACLU President

Susan Herman

ACLU President

Susan N. Herman was elected President of the American Civil Liberties Union in October 2008, after having served on the ACLU National Board of Directors for twenty years, as a member of the Executive Committee for sixteen years, and as General Counsel for ten years.

Herman holds a chair as Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where she currently teaches courses in Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure, and seminars on Law and Literature, and Terrorism and Civil Liberties. She writes extensively on constitutional and criminal procedure topics for scholarly and other publications, ranging from law reviews and books to periodicals and on-line publications.  Her current book, Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy, published by Oxford University Press in October 2011, and reissued in an expanded paperback edition in March 2014, is the winner of the 2012 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize.

 

Maxime Bernier

Member of Parliament

Maxime Bernier

Member of Parliament

Maxime Bernier a Canadian businessman, lawyer, and politician, who is currently serving as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Beauce, Quebec. He is popularly known as "Mad Max" for his long list of libertarian policy positions, which include: ending all corporate welfare, privatizing airports, privatizing the Canada Post, re-evaluating the role of the Bank of Canada, flattening and reducing Canada's tax code, abolishing the capital gains tax, and reducing corporate taxes.  Bernier has served as Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Industry and Minister of Small Business and Tourism. Most recently, Bernier ran for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada where he ultimately finished second with 49% of the final vote.

Johnny C. Taylor

President & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Johnny C. Taylor

President & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Named one of the “Power 100” by Ebony Magazine in its list of the 100 most influential African Americans a year after assuming the role of President and CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. leads the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the only national organization representing nearly 300,000 students attending this country’s 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). With approximately 80% of all HBCU students attending TMCF member-schools, Mr. Taylor leads an organization responsible for providing this country a robust and diverse pipeline of talented workers and future leaders.

Immediately prior to assuming the presidency of TMCF in 2010, Mr. Taylor worked as a senior executive for IAC/InterActiveCorp – first as its Senior Vice President of Human Resources and then as the President & CEO of one of IAC’s operating subsidiaries. Before joining IAC, Mr. Taylor’s career spanned nearly 15 years as Litigation Partner and President of the human resources consulting business for the McGuireWoods law firm; Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Compass Group USA; General Counsel & Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Viacom’s Paramount Pictures Live Entertainment Group; and Associate General Counsel & Vice President of Human Resources for Blockbuster Entertainment Group.

Mr. Taylor, an Isaac Bashevis Singer Scholar and honors graduate of the University of Miami, went on to earn a Master of Arts With Honors from Drake University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence With Honors from the Drake Law School, where he served as Research Editor of the Drake Law Review and argued on the National Moot Court Team. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois, and Washington, DC.

John Mackey

Whole Foods Co-Founder & CEO

John Mackey

Whole Foods Co-Founder & CEO

John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, has led the natural and organic grocer to a $15.7 billion Fortune 500 company with more than 460 stores and 87,000 team members in three countries. The company has been included on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 20 consecutive years.

Mackey has been recognized as one of Fortune's "World's 50 Greatest Leaders," Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Overall Winner for the United States,” Institutional Investor’s “Best CEO in America,” Barron’s “World’s Best CEO,” MarketWatch’s “CEO of the Year,” Fortune’s “Businessperson of the Year,” and Esquire’s “Most Inspiring CEO.”

A strong believer in free market principles, Mackey co-founded the Conscious Capitalism Movement (http://consciouscapitalism.org/) and co-authored a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling book entitled “Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business” (Harvard Business Review Press 2013) to boldly defend and reimagine capitalism, and encourage a way of doing business that is grounded in ethical consciousness.

 

Mart Laar

Former Prime Minister of Estonia

Mart Laar

Former Prime Minister of Estonia

Mart Laar is an Estonian politician and historian. He served as the Prime Minister of Estonia from 1992 to 1994 and from 1999 to 2002. Laar is credited with having helped bring about Estonia’s rapid economic development during the 1990s. He is a member of Pro Patria and Res Publica Union.

In barely two years, from 1992 to 1994, the radical reforming Estonian government of Mart Laar was the first in Europe to introduce the flat tax, privatized most national industry in transparent public tenders, abolished tariffs and subsidies, stabilized the economy, balanced the budget, and perhaps most crucially, restored the prewar kroon and pegged it to the stable deutsche mark. Laar claims the only book on economics he had read before becoming prime minister at the age of 32 was Free to Choose by Milton Friedman.

Five years later, in 1999, Laar returned to the post, with his main policy goals being to pull the economy out of a slump and lead the country toward the European Union. He remained in the post until he stepped down in 2002.

Together with Václav Havel, Filip Dimitrov, Árpád Göncz, Petr Pithart, Vytautas Landsbergis, Patricio Aylwin and other transition leaders, he participates in the International Committee for Democracy in Cuba. Laar is a member of the International Council of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation and a founding member of the Unitas Foundation

Dave Rubin

Rubin Report

Dave Rubin

Rubin Report

Dave Rubin is a talk show host, comedian, and TV personality. He is the host of The Rubin Report, a talk show about big ideas and free speech, heralded for it's politically incorrect and honest approach to discussing complex issues and current events. The show has garnered a huge fan base from across the world, by having honest conversations about important issues in a thoughtful and candid manner rarely seen in mainstream media.

Dave is known for his political satire and political commentary, targeting many topics including political correctness, free speech, politics, mass media, religion, and foreign affairs. He is passionate and outspoken about the ideological split between liberals and the progressive movement, and has been influential in popularizing the phrase "Regressive Left." A former progressive, Dave identifies with Classical Liberalism and feels strongly about building a new center in the political landscape.

Dave was formerly an on-air host at The Young Turks Network, and prior to that was co-host of The Six Pack on SiriusXM satellite radio, also one of the top comedy podcasts on iTunes. His television credits include Comedy Central, Fox News, HLN, CNN and PBS. He has defended LGBT rights on The O'Reilly Factor and debated Mike Huckabee. Dave's comedy and commentary has been highlighted in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, and he has been nominated by L.A. Weekly for Funniest Twitter.


A LOOK AT LAST YEAR...

SCHEDULE
Friday, March 2nd
2:00PM Registration Opens
2:00PM Exhibition Hall Opens
4:30PM Liberty Lounge Coffee
6:30PM Welcome & Kick-Off
*Prior registration required
Saturday, March 3rd
8:00AM Liberty Lounge Breakfast*
9:00AM Exhibition Hall Opens
9AM - 12PM Sessions
12 - 1PM Lunch Interlude
12 - 1PM Liberty Lounge Lunch*
1 - 5PM Sessions
6:30PM SFL Awards Dinner Reception*
7:30PM SFL Awards Dinner*
8:00PM All Conference Social
*Prior registration required
Sunday, March 4th
8:30AM Liberty Lounge Breakfast*
9AM - 12PM Exhibition Hall Open
10AM - 12PM Sessions and Closing Remarks
*Prior registration required
SCHEDULE
Friday, March 2nd
2:00PM Registration Opens
2:00PM Exhibition Hall Opens
4:30PM Liberty Lounge Coffee
6:30PM Welcome & Kick-Off
*Prior registration required
Saturday, March 3rd
8:00AM Liberty Lounge Breakfast*
9:00AM Exhibition Hall Opens
9AM - 12PM Sessions
12 - 1PM Lunch Interlude
12 - 1PM Liberty Lounge Lunch*
1 - 5PM Sessions
6:30PM SFL Awards Dinner Reception*
7:30PM SFL Awards Dinner*
8:00PM All Conference Social
*Prior registration required
Sunday, March 4th
Item Specification
8:30AM Liberty Lounge Breakfast*
9AM - 12PM Exhibition Hall Open
10AM - 12PM Sessions and Closing Remarks
*Prior registration required
LIBERTY LOUNGE
Your LibertyCon experience should be as comfortable as possible. To that end, Students For Liberty is proud to provide access to an exclusive Liberty Lounge!

Liberty Lounge access includes: meals throughout the conference, meet & greets with VIP speakers and special guests, and perks like free wifi, printing, and more.
AWARDS DINNER
The global liberty movement's best and brightest!

The LibertyCon Awards Dinner brings together friends and supporters of Students For Liberty to celebrate our top student leaders and enjoy a meal together as we reflect on the previous year’s big wins for freedom.
LIBERTY LOUNGE
Your LibertyCon experience should be as comfortable as possible. To that end, Students For Liberty is proud to provide access to an exclusive Liberty Lounge!

Liberty Lounge access includes: meals throughout the conference, meet & greets with VIP speakers and special guests, and perks like free wifi, printing, and more.
AWARDS DINNER
The global liberty movement's best and brightest!

The LibertyCon Awards Dinner brings together friends and supporters of Students For Liberty to celebrate our top student leaders and enjoy a meal together as we reflect on the previous year’s big wins for freedom.
TRAVEL
Click below to check out our travel deals, options for getting to LibertyCon, and information on booking your hotel room. We’re once again offering a discounted room rate of $159+ per night. Make sure and book your stay before January 1st, 2018 to take advantage of this deal.
HOST COMMITTEE

Alexander McCobin

Host Committee

Alexander McCobin

Host Committee

Alexander is the CEO of Conscious Capitalism. Alexander graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a BA in philosophy and economics and a MA in philosophy. He then graduated from Georgetown University in 2014 with a MA in philosophy. During college, Alexander founded and ran a nonprofit organization that supported high school debate education in Philadelphia public and charter schools.

Alexander worked for a year at the Cato Institute on student programs. For the 8 years before joining Conscious Capitalism, Alexander served as president of Students For Liberty, an organization he co-founded and grew to include over 2,000 student groups and more than 1,400 trained student leaders in 100+ countries on all 6 inhabited continents.

David Boaz

Host Committee

David Boaz

Host Committee

David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and has played a key role in the development of the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement. He is the author of The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom and the editor of The Libertarian Reader.

Boaz is a provocative commentator and a leading authority on domestic issues such as education choice, drug legalization, the growth of government, and the rise of libertarianism. Boaz is the former editor of New Guard magazine and was executive director of the Council for a Competitive Economy prior to joining Cato in 1981. The earlier edition of The Libertarian Mind, titled Libertarianism: A Primer, was described by the Los Angeles Times as “a well-researched manifesto of libertarian ideas.” His other books include The Politics of Freedom and the Cato Handbook for Policymakers.

Jack Hunter

Host Committee

Jack Hunter

Host Committee

Jack Hunter is the Editor of Rare Politics. Jack has written regularly for The Daily Caller, The American Conservative and has appeared in Politico Magazine, The Daily Beast and The Spectator (UK). Jack has been a frequent guest on Fox Business, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck and a frequent guest host on The Mike Church Show on Sirius XM. Hunter is the co-author of “The Tea Party Goes to Washington” by Sen. Rand Paul and assisted former Sen. Jim DeMint with his book “Now or Never: How to Save America from Economic Collapse.” Jack was also New Media Director for Sen. Paul. Jack lives in Alexandria, Va. Follow him @jackhunter74

Jeffrey Tucker

Host Committee

Jeffrey Tucker

Host Committee

Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also Chief Liberty Officer and founder of Liberty.me, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, research fellow at the Acton Institute, policy adviser of the Heartland Institute, founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, member of the editorial board of the Molinari Review, an advisor to the blockchain application builder Factom, and author of five books. He has written 150 introductions to books and many thousands of articles appearing in the scholarly and popular press.

Matt Kibbe

Host Committee

Matt Kibbe

Host Committee

Matt Kibbe is a leading advocate for personal, civil and economic liberties. An economist by training, Kibbe is a public policy expert, bestselling author and political commentator. He served as Senior Advisor to Concerned American Voters, a Rand Paul Super PAC. He is also Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Austrian Economic Center in Vienna, Austria.

In 2004 Kibbe founded FreedomWorks, a national grassroots advocacy organization, and served as President until his departure in July 2015. Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is the author of the #2 New York Times bestseller Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto (HarperCollins 2014), Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government's Stranglehold on America (HarperCollins 2012) and coauthor of Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto (HarperCollins 2010). Kibbe appears frequently on national television including FOX News, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, The Blaze TV and CSPAN.

He lives in Washington, DC with his unspeakably awesome wife of 29 years, Terry, and their three liberty-minded cats, Roark, Ragnar and Iko. A noted scholarly expert on The Big Lebowski, Kibbe is also an avid DeadHead, drinker of beer and whisky, and collector of obscure books on libertarian philosophy.

Sarah Skwire

Speaker

Sarah Skwire is a Senior Fellow at Liberty Fund, Inc., a non-profit educational foundation and the co-author of the college writing textbook, Writing with a Thesis, which is in its 12th edition. Sarah has published a range of academic articles on subjects from Shakespeare to zombies and the broken window fallacy, and her work has appeared in journals as varied as Literature and Medicine, The George Herbert Journal, and The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. She writes a regular column for the Freeman Online and blogs for the Fraser Institute and Bleeding Heart Libertarians.

Sarah’s work on literature and economics has also appeared in Newsweek, The Freeman and in Cato Unbound, and she is an occasional lecturer for IHS, SFL, and other organizations. Her poetry has appeared, among other places, in StandpointThe New Criterion, and The Vocabula Review.

She graduated with honors in English from Wesleyan University, and earned a MA and PhD in English from the University of Chicago.

Steve Horwitz

Speaker

Steven Horwitz is the John H. Schnatter Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise in the Department of Economics at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. He is the author of three books, Monetary Evolution, Free Banking, and Economic Order (Westview, 1992)Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective (Routledge, 2000), and Hayek’s Modern Family: Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Horwitz has written extensively on Austrian economics, Hayekian political economy, monetary theory and history, and American economic history.

His work has been published in professional journals such as History of Political Economy, Southern Economic Journal, and The Cambridge Journal of EconomicsHorwitz is also an Affiliated Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center in Arlington, VA, a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute in Canada, and a distinguished scholar at the Foundation for Economic Education. He has done public policy research for the Mercatus Center, Heartland Institute, and the Cato Institute, and has been a guest on several radio and cable TV shows.

 

Prior to Ball State, Horwitz taught for 28 at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, where he is Professor Emeritus of Economics. A member of the Mont Pelerin Society, he has a PhD in Economics from George Mason University and an AB in Economics and Philosophy from The University of Michigan.

Terry Kibbe

Host Committee

Terry Kibbe

Host Committee

Terry is a fundraiser and venture philanthropist focused on investments in medical innovation and the liberty movement. In addition to supporting Free the People, she is the President of Curated Innovation, a 501c(3). Based in Cambridge MA, Curated Innovation is focused on delivering breakthrough products that save or greatly improve lives. In 2015-16, she was a fundraiser for Concerned American Voters, a SuperPAC supporting Rand Paul for President. Terry served as Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of the Rising Tide Foundation in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and as an Advisor to the Global Philanthropic Trust in the Cayman Islands.

She brings 18 years of experience as a fundraiser, having raised millions in operating capital for various nonprofit and political causes, including FreedomWorks, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Cato Institute. She spent the first decade of her career as an engineer working on defense technology. She also worked on Capitol Hill as a top aide to Congressman Christopher Cox. In early 2007, Terry formed Dagny, LLC, offering strategic management services to philanthropic charities and non-profit organizations. Terry is a graduate of Grove City College, where she received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering.

Tom Palmer

Host Committee

Tom Palmer

Host Committee

Tom G. Palmer is the George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty and Executive Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Network and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. He is also a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and director of Cato University. 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, Asia, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism (2011), After the Welfare State (2012), Why Liberty (2013), and Peace, Love, & Liberty (2014). Palmer received his BA in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland; his MA in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.; and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.

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