PROGRAM

March 2-4, 2018
washington, dc

PROGRAM

March 2-4, 2018
washington, dc

SPEAKERS
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Steve Forbes

Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media

Steve Forbes

Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media

Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in- Chief of Forbes Media.

The company’s flagship publication, Forbes, is the nation’s leading business magazine, with a circulation of more than 900,000. Forbes combined with Forbes Asia, Forbes Europe, and the company’s licensee editions together reach a worldwide audience of more than 5 million readers.

Forbes.com has become one of the world’s most influential websites, with more than 80 million unique visitors a month.

Mr. Forbes writes editorials for Forbes under the heading of “Fact and Comment.” A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the highly prestigious
Crystal Owl Award four times. The prize was formerly given by U.S. Steel Corporation to the
financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate.
In both 1996 and 2000, Mr. Forbes campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the
Presidency. Key to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security
system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits and a
strong national defense. Mr. Forbes continues to energetically promote this agenda.

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.

 

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.

 

Naomi Brockwell

LibertyCon Emcee

Naomi Brockwell

LibertyCon Emcee

Naomi Brockwell is a producer for Stossel, and CEO of Rainsworth Productions. She formerly produced for Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel, and hosts the blockchain/tech channel Naomi Brockwell TV.

Naomi was associate producer of the feature documentary "Bitcoin: The End of Money as We Know It" (Winner Special Jury Prize at Amsterdam Film Festival, Winner Best Film at Amsterdam Film Festival, Winner Best International Documentary at Anthem Film Festival), producer and executive producer of the Lionsgate thriller "Subconscious", and co-executive producer and casting producer of the documentary drama "Audition" (Winner Best Documentary at Lone Star Film Festival, Winner Best Film Editing at Manchester International Film Festival). She is currently working on a bitcoin series "Hark Fork" (starring Christopher James Baker, "Osark") as a producer and actress.

Naomi is the co-founder of The Soho Forum (a monthly debate series in New York), on the Advisory Council at the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, and is the emcee for D10e Decentralization Conference series, Coindesk Consensus Conference series, and FreedomFest. In 2017 she was awarded "Young Libertarian of the Year" sponsored by Uber, and is the author of children's book Billy's Bitcoin.

Congressman Justin Amash

U.S. representative for Michigan’s Third Congressional District

Congressman Justin Amash

U.S. representative for Michigan’s Third Congressional District

Justin Amash is the U.S. representative for Michigan’s Third Congressional District. He serves as chairman of the House Liberty Caucus, and he is a founding member and current board member of the House Freedom Caucus.

As an ardent defender of Americans’ civil liberties, Justin has been a leading critic of the unconstitutional mass surveillance of Americans’ communications. He also believes government overspending is one of the biggest threats to our economic health and national security, and he has introduced an innovative balanced budget amendment—the Business Cycle Balanced Budget Amendment—to control government spending and reduce the national debt.

When asked by a New York Times reporter to describe his voting methodology, Justin explained: “I follow a set of principles, I follow the Constitution. And that’s what I base my votes on. Limited government, economic freedom, and individual liberty.”

Justin is a member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) and serves on the OGR subcommittees on National Security and Information Technology.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. Justin worked for his family’s business, as a business lawyer, and as a Michigan state representative before his election to Congress.

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/.

Deirdre McCloskey

Economist, Author

Deirdre McCloskey

Economist, Author

Deirdre Nansen McCloskey taught until 2015 economics, history, English, and communication, adjunct in philosophy and classics, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of seventeen books and some 400 scholarly articles ranging from technical economics and statistics to gender studies and literary criticism, she has taught in England, Australia, Holland, Italy, and Sweden, and holds ten honorary degrees. Her trilogy of books (2006, 2010, 2016) on the "bourgeois era"; explains modern riches not from trade or exploitation or science, but as an outcome of a new respect after 1700 for trade-tested betterment, Adam Smith’s “liberal plan of [social] equality, [economic] liberty, and [legal] justice.”

McCloskey is often classed with “conservative” economists, Chicago-School style (she taught in the Economics Department there from 1968 to 1980, tenured in 1975, and during her last year also in History). She still admires supply and demand. But she protests: “I’m a literary, quantitative, postmodern, free-market, progressive Episcopalian, Midwestern woman from Boston who was once a man. Not ‘conservative.’ I’m a Christian libertarian, or a humane liberal."

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.

Patrick M. Byrne

CEO, Overstock.com

Patrick M. Byrne

CEO, Overstock.com

In late 1999, Patrick M. Byrne launched Overstock.com, which achieved its first profitable quarter in 2002 and its first full year of profitability in 2009.  In 2016, Overstock.com had revenues of $1.8 billion and its seventh out of eight straight years of profitability.

In 2001, Byrne began Worldstock Fair Trade, an Overstock.com division selling handcrafted products from artisans in developing nations.  Worldstock profits have been donated to fund philanthropic projects, including building 26 self-sustaining schools across Asia and Africa educating thousands of students.  Byrne also created the Main Street Revolution marketplace for small American entrepreneurs, a pet adoption service that has connected people with 75,000 pets in less than two years, and Farmers Market, which now makes fresh, locally grown produce available to 45% of the US population.

In 2010, Forbes magazine named Overstock.com the No. 9 Best Company to Work for in the Country, and Byrne the CEO with the highest employee approval rating (92%).  In 2011, Ernst & Young gave Byrne its National Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2014, Overstock.com was one of the Most Trustworthy Companies in America as named by Forbes/MSCI ESG Research.

A “classical liberal,” Byrne believes that our nation’s success depends on education and capital markets. Since Milton Friedman’s passing in 2006, Byrne has served as chairman of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice (now “EdChoice”), an organization leading the national push for school choice. Toward the goal of clean capital markets, in 2004 Byrne began a vigorous citizen-journalist campaign focusing on regulatory capture, hedge fund mischief, settlement system failures, systemic risk, and the possibility of economic warfare against the US by organized crime and foreign governments. His stance caught the attention of Wall Street analysts and reporters, becoming a point of high controversy until the crash of 2008, occasioned by many of the things of which Byrne had warned. Byrne's website DeepCapture.com subsequently received much recognition, such as Weblogs Award "Best Business Blog" (2008), Business Pundit's "Best Business Investigative Journalism" (2009), and Xmark's "Top Site on Corruption in the USA" (2010).

In 2012, Byrne’s pro-freedom political orientation led him to challenge Overstock to become the first business with more than $1 million in revenue to accept bitcoin as a payment method. Using the familiarity gained with the blockchain technology at the heart of digital currencies such as bitcoin, Byrne created Medici Ventures, a subsidiary within Overstock.com devoted to advancing blockchain-based technology solutions. In 2015, Byrne used Medici’s t0.com cryptosecurities trading platform to become the first person to purchase a digital bond entirely on the bitcoin blockchain.  Byrne made history again in Dec, 2016, when Overstock.com issued the first shares of a public company ever traded on an alternative trading system (ATS) utilizing the blockchain’s distributed ledger technology.

Byrne received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and Asian studies from Dartmouth College, a master’s in philosophy from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar, and a doctorate in philosophy from Stanford University. Having taught at the university level, he is a frequent guest lecturer discussing internet commerce, capital markets, Wall Street practices, education, leadership and ethics.

Kat Timpf

Reporter, National Review

Kat Timpf

Reporter, National Review

Katherine Timpf is a journalist and commentator from Detroit, MI living in New York, NY. She currently works as a reporter at National Review, writing columns and satire pieces that demonstrate how government overreach and cultural oversensitivity are basically ruining everything, as well as as a contributor at Fox News, making most of her appearances on The Greg Gutfeld Show Sundays at 10pm EST. She's also the host of The Kat Timpf Show, with new episodes airing every Monday on Barstool Sports.

Previously, Timpf worked as a reporter for Campus Reform, a digital editor for The Washington Times, the news anchor for NASA's Third Rock Radio, and as a producer and reporter at Total Traffic Network in Santa Ana, CA.

She was also a 2012-13 Robert Novak Fellow, and completed a project titled, "As California Goes, So Goes the Nation: The Consequences of Following Golden State Policy."

Timpf has been a contributor to publications including The Orange County Register, Investor's Business Daily, and The Washington Times, and a featured comedian on the morning drive radio show on Baltimore’s 98 Rock.

Prior to beginning her career in journalism, she held internships with Fox Business News and KFI News in California. Timpf graduated magna cum laude from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in English. She's also performed standup comedy at clubs throughout the country, including Gotham Comedy Club in New York and The Improv in Los Angeles.

Liz Wolfe

Managing Editor, Young Voices

Liz Wolfe

Managing Editor, Young Voices

Liz Wolfe is managing editor of Young Voices and a contributor for Washington Examiner. Her work has been published in Playboy, Reason, The Daily Beast, Newsweek, CityLab, and Houston Chronicle, and quoted by the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and (oddly enough) the Japan Times. She went on Glenn Beck a few months ago to talk about her Playboy article on domestic terrorism, which resulted in the Beck team tweeting out a Playboy link for the very first time. She writes on drugs, due process, campus speech, feminism, and––whenever editors let her––tattoos. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Greg Lukianoff

President & CEO of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

Greg Lukianoff

President & CEO of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

Greg Lukianoff is an attorney and the president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). He is the author of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate and Freedom From Speech, as well as a co-author of The Atlantic’s September 2015 cover story, “The Coddling of the American Mind,” written in partnership with Jonathan Haidt. Greg has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, TIME, The Boston Globe, Forbes, Reason, and numerous other publications. He is a regular columnist for The Huffington Post and frequently appears on TV shows and radio programs, including the “CBS Evening News,” "The Today Show,” and NPR’s “Radio Times.” In 2008 he became the first ever recipient of the Playboy Foundation Freedom of Expression Award and in 2010 he received Ford Hall Forum’s Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award on behalf of FIRE. In his free time, Greg also runs the Genetic Music Project, an open source genetic art project combining music and science. Greg is a graduate of American University and of Stanford Law School. He is also an executive producer for Can We Take a Joke?, a feature-length documentary that explores the collision between comedy, censorship, and outrage culture on and off campus.

Jeffrey Tucker

Director of Content, Foundation for Economic Education

Jeffrey Tucker

Director of Content, Foundation for Economic Education

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.

You can download his books in epub format for free here:

He created the first commercial service of online book distribution that published entirely in the commons (The Laissez Faire Club) and he was an early innovator in online distribution of literature during his tenure as builder and editor of Mises.org from 1996 until 2011. He created the first live classroom in the liberty-oriented ideological space and assembled the official bibliography of famed economic writer Henry Hazlitt, a project that included more than 10,000 entries. Early in his career, following his degree in economics and journalism, he served as research assistant to Ron Paul at his private foundation.

Jeffrey Tucker gave the Franz Čuhel Memorial Lecture at the Prague Conference on Political Economy in 2017, has been a two-time featured guest on John Stossel’s show, interviewed on Glenn Beck’s television show, spoken at Google headquarters, appeared frequently on Huffington Post Live and Russia Today, been the two-time Master of Ceremonies at Libertopia, been featured at FreedomFest and the International Students for Liberty Conference, the featured speaker at Liberty Forum three years, keynoted the Young Americans for Liberty national convention, has spoken at many dozens of colleges and universities in the U.S. and around the world including Harvard University and Boston University, has been quoted in the New York Times and Washington Post, appears regularly in Newsweek and many other popular venues, and is in constant demand as a headline speaker at libertarian, technology, and monetary conferences around the world.

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'.

Alex Nowrasteh

Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute

Alex Nowrasteh

Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute

Alex Nowrasteh is an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. His popular publications have appeared in the Wall Street JournalUSA Today, the Washington Post, and most other major publications in the United States. His academic publications have appeared in the Journal of Economic Behavior and OrganizationEconomic Affairs, the Fletcher Security Review, and Public Choice. Alex regularly appears on Fox News, MSNBC, Bloomberg, and numerous television and radio stations across the United States. He is a coauthor of the booklet Open Immigration: Yea and Nay (Encounter Broadsides, 2014).

He is a native of Southern California and received a BA in economics from George Mason University and a Master of Science in economic history from the London School of Economics.

Mary Katharine Ham

Senior Writer, The Federalist

Mary Katharine Ham

Senior Writer, The Federalist

Mary Katharine Ham is a senior writer at The Federalist. She is a CNN Contributor and recently co-moderated a GOP primary debate on ABC. She is an editor at BRIGHT. She's the co-author of "End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun)" and has written for HotAir, The Weekly Standard, and The Daily Caller. A fourth-generation journalist, she did a stint covering NASCAR, high school football, and the county's largest legumes before embracing New Media and heading to Washington DC, where her career goal has been to discover the formula for talking about politics without being a blowhard. She's a mom of two and a Twitter enthusiast who hiked Kilimanjaro on her honeymoon.

Mark Pischea

President, Conservative Energy Network

Mark Pischea

President, Conservative Energy Network

Mark Pischea wears a number of hats – serving as President of the Conservative Energy Network, and also as Managing Partner of Sterling Corporation, a Republican political consulting firm locating in Lansing, Michigan.

Since helping to devise and launch the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum, the nation’s first state-based conservative clean energy organization, in 2013, Mark helped start similar efforts in North Carolina in 2014, then Ohio and Minnesota in 2015. Thinking they were on to something, Pischea next created the Conservative Energy Network in 2016 with an initial roster of 7 state teams. By the end of 2016, Mark and his team helped build CEN into a 19-state Network that has become the driving force behind the emerging conservative clean energy movement in state capitols across America.

A 35-year veteran of GOP campaigns, Mark served as Political Director for the Michigan Republican Party in the 1980s, and worked for President George H.W. Bush as Political Director for the Michigan Victory ’88 campaign. After helping to elect Governor John Engler in 1990, Mark moved to Capitol Hill, serving as Deputy Executive Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee – managing the Committee’s Campaign Division, which oversaw the GOP’s 435 congressional races in the Party’s historic 1992 election – the only time either Party gained seats in Congress while losing the White House.

Pischea then moved back to Michigan, working for several consulting firms before joining Sterling in 2010.

Mark earned his Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Political Science and History from Central Michigan University.

Peter Suderman

Managing Editor, Reason.com

Peter Suderman

Managing Editor, Reason.com

Peter Suderman is managing editor of Reason.com, the online platform of Reason magazine. He writes regularly on health care, the federal budget, tech policy, and pop culture.

Before joining Reason, Suderman worked as a writer and editor at National Review, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, FreedomWorks, Doublethink, and Culture11. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The Wall Street Journal, Vox, Politico, The New York Post, Newsweek, The Washington Examiner, and numerous other publications. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Emily Ekins

Research Fellow & Director of Polling, Cato Institute

Emily Ekins

Research Fellow & Director of Polling, Cato Institute

Emily Ekins is a research fellow and director of polling at the Cato Institute. Her research focuses on public opinion, American politics, political psychology, and social movements. She leads the Cato Institute project on public opinion in which she designs and conducts national public opinion surveys and experiments. She is the author of “Policing in America: Understanding Public Attitudes Toward the Police,” which investigates the drivers of public opinion toward the police and reform. Emily’s other publications include “The Libertarian Roots of the Tea Party” and “Public Attitudes toward Federalism: The Public’s Preference for a Renewed Federalism.”

Before joining Cato, she spent four years as the director of polling for Reason Foundation where she conducted national public opinion polls and published specialized research studies. In 2014 Emily authored an in-depth study of young Americans, “Millennials: The Politically Unclaimed Generation.” Prior to joining Reason, Emily worked as a research associate at Harvard Business School, where she coauthored several Harvard Business Case Studies and helped design and conduct research experiments and surveys.

She has discussed her research on Fox News and Fox Business, and her research has appeared in the Washington Post, Politico, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Times. Emily is an active member of the American Association of Public Opinion Research and the American Political Science Association.

She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation examined sources of support for the tea party movement and the moral values undergirding public demand for limited government.

Gregory Conley

President of the American Vaping Association (AVA)

Gregory Conley

President of the American Vaping Association (AVA)

Gregory Conley is the president of the American Vaping Association (AVA), a nonprofit organization that champions regulatory policies toward vapor products designed to maximize the effectiveness of vaping for quitting smoking. He is one of the most prominent defenders of vaping in the United States and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. In addition to his work with the AVA, Mr. Conley is an attorney and a consultant on vaping legislative and regulatory issues. He began working on vaping issues in 2010 after quitting smoking with a vapor product while in law school. He served as the pro bono legislative director for the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association from 2011 to 2014.

Katherine Mangu-Ward

Editor-in-Chief of Reason

Katherine Mangu-Ward

Editor-in-Chief of Reason

Katherine Mangu-Ward is editor in chief of Reason, the magazine of "free minds and free markets." A few of her more memorable cover stories include a defense of plastic bags, an argument for why you almost certainly shouldn’t vote, and a welcome to our new robot overlords.

She started as Reason intern in 2000 and has worked at The Weekly Standard and The New York Times.

Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles TimesSlate, and numerous other publications. She is a frequent commentator on radio and television networks such as National Public Radio, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. She is a Future Tense Fellow at New America.

Mangu-Ward is a graduate of Yale University, where she received a B.A. in philosophy and political science. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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.

Andrew Heaton

Standup Comedian, Reason TV

Andrew Heaton

Standup Comedian, Reason TV

Andrew Heaton is a standup comedian, author, and the host of “Mostly Weekly” on Reason TV. The World Comedy Club named him “NYC’s Greatest New Comedian” in 2013, and he has become exactly 7% funnier since receiving that award. He is a member of the New York Friar’s Club, one of the most prestigious groups of comedians and entertainers in the country, and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, throughout the United States, and in Germany and Australia.

As a UCB-trained sketch writer and improviser, he performs with the New York-based improv team Lumbercon and the sketch troupe 17:38. He’s half of the comedy duo Lost History, which has performed improvised historical reenactments at the Del Close Marathon and Austin’s Out of Bounds Comedy Festival.

As a political comic he’s entertained numerous think tanks and advocacy groups, sinister political action committees, and opened for William Shatner at Freedom Fest in Las Vegas. He’s a regular at Electoral Dysfunction at the People’s Improv Theater in New York, and the Totally Dishonest Media Show at Stand Up New York. He hosted the award-winning series EconPop, a comedy show which explained economics through popular culture.

He is the author of the best-selling work of political satire Laughter is Better Than Communism, and two paranormal novels: Frank Got Abducted (about aliens) and Happier as Werewolves (a tender coming of age novel involving werewolves).

Anne Hobson

Program Manager for Academic & Student Programs at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Anne Hobson

Program Manager for Academic & Student Programs at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Anne Hobson is a Program Manager for Academic & Student Programs at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University; Prior to her current role, Anne was a Technology Policy Fellow at the R Street Institute and an External Affairs Associate at Facebook. She is currently pursuing a PhD in economics from George Mason University and is an alumna of the Mercatus Center MA Fellowship at George Mason University. She continues to focus on policy issues associated with emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and the internet of things. She received her B.A. in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

Matt Kibbe

President of Free The People

Matt Kibbe

President of Free The People

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.

KrisAnne Hall

President of Liberty First University

KrisAnne Hall

President of Liberty First University

KrisAnne Hall began her career as a biochemist, Russian linguist for the US Army, and a prosecutor for the State of Florida. KrisAnne also practiced First Amendment Law for a prominent national non-profit Law firm. KrisAnne is now the president of Liberty First University and travels the country teaching the foundational principles of Liberty and our Constitutional Republic. KrisAnne is the author of 6 books on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, she also has a nationally syndicated radio show and a cable television show.  KrisAnne has been featured on C-SPAN TV and C-SPAN Book TV. KrisAnne can be found at www.KrisAnneHall.com

Austin Bragg

Producer, Reason TV

Austin Bragg

Producer, Reason TV

Austin Bragg is a writer, director, and editor from Washington, DC.

His work has appeared on Comedy Central, The Onion AV Club, The National Lampoon, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Deadline Hollywood Daily, AdAge, Collegehumor.com, Current TV, io9.com, UndergroundFilm.org, Channel101, Tribeca Cinemas, Superdeluxe.com, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, G4 TV, The SciFi Channel, CBS News, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Atlantic, The Weekly Standard, Politico, The Corning Museum of Glass, and Fox News for some reason.

He produced two pilots for Warner Brother's online division - Warner Brothers Studio 2.0 -- as well as projects for Turner Broadcasting, Visa, Current TV, Fleishman-Hillard, The Smithsonian Magazine, washingtonpost.com and others. His web series, "The Defenders of Stan," was bought by Warner Bros. Television.  In 2008 he concluded post-production on "Welcome to the Grave," a feature-length documentary following the 2006/2007 Post-Graduate football team at Hargrave Military Academy, with executive producer Donald Zuckerman (Mayor of Sunset Strip, Dig). His short film "The Driver" won Best Film, Best Editing, and Best Actor at the 2016 HP Masters of Short Film Contest at the Cannes Film Festival.

Austin is a producer for Reason TV, and previously worked for The Cato Institute, Beyond Productions, and Arlington Independent Media.  Also, he once performed as a side-show strongman.

Lawrence Reed

President, Foundation for Economic Education

Lawrence Reed

President, Foundation for Economic Education

Lawrence W. (“Larry”) Reed became president of FEE in 2008 after serving as chairman of its board of trustees in the 1990s and both writing and speaking for FEE since the late 1970s. Prior to becoming FEE’s president, he served for 20 years as president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. He also taught economics full-time from 1977 to 1984 at Northwood University in Michigan and chaired its department of economics from 1982 to 1984.

He holds a B.A. in economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. degree in history from Slippery Rock State University (1978), both in Pennsylvania. He holds two honorary doctorates, one from Central Michigan University (public administration, 1993) and Northwood University (laws, 2008).

A champion for liberty, Reed has authored over 1,000 newspaper columns and articles and dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the United States and abroad. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, among many others. He has authored or coauthored eight books, the most recent being Real Heroes: Inspiring True Stories of Courage, Character and Conviction. He is frequently interviewed on radio talk shows and has appeared as a guest on numerous television programs, including those anchored by Judge Andrew Napolitano and John Stossel on FOX Business News.

Reed has delivered at least 75 speeches annually in the past 30 years in virtually every state and in dozens of countries from Bulgaria to China to Bolivia. His best-known lectures include “Seven Principles of Sound Policy” and “Great Myths of the Great Depression,” both of which have been translated into more than a dozen languages and distributed worldwide.

His interests in political and economic affairs have taken him as a freelance journalist to 81 countries on six continents. He is a member of the prestigious Mont Pelerin Society and an advisor to numerous organizations around the world. He served for 15 years as a member of the board (and for one term as president) of the State Policy Network. His numerous recognitions include the Champion of Freedom award from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the Distinguished Alumni award from Grove City College.

He is a native of Pennsylvania and a 30-year resident of Michigan, and now resides in Newnan, Georgia.

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

Meredith Bragg

Executive Editor, Reason TV

Meredith Bragg

Executive Editor, Reason TV

Meredith Bragg is executive editor of Reason TV. Prior to joining Reason, he worked at C-SPAN, The Washington Post, and ABC News. As a freelancer Meredith has produced projects for Turner Broadcasting, Visa, AT&T, The Smithsonian, Fleishman-Hillard, The Corning Museum of Glass, and Warner Brothers Television.

He has won a documentary award from George Lucas, produced a cat video that was projected on the side of a bridge in St. Petersburg, Russia, and most recently won Best Film and Best Editing at the 2016 Masters of Short Film competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Elizabeth Bruenig

Columnist, Washington Post

Elizabeth Bruenig

Columnist, Washington Post

Elizabeth Bruenig is an opinion columnist at The Washington Post, where she writes on Christianity, politics, and public life. Previously, she was an editor for the Post’s Outlook and PostEverything sections, and a staff writer at The New Republic. She received her MPhil in Christian theology at the University of Cambridge, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Post, The Nation, The Atlantic, The Boston Review, Jacobin Magazine, First Things, and many more. She lives with her husband and daughter in Washington D.C.

Bryan Caplan

Economist, George Mason University

Bryan Caplan

Economist, George Mason University

Bryan Caplan is a Professor of Economics at George Mason University and blogger for EconLog. He is the author of The Myth of the Rational Voter, named "the best political book of the year" by the New York Times, Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids, and The Case Against Education, forthcoming in 2017 from Princeton University Press. He is currently working on All Roads Lead to Open Borders, a non-fiction graphic novel on the philosophy and social science of immigration, and Poverty: Who To Blame. He has published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Journal of Law and Economics, and Intelligence, and appeared on ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, and C-SPAN. An openly nerdy man who loves role-playing games and graphic novels, he lives in Oakton, Virginia, with his wife and four kids.

Immigration Debate

Philip B. Haney

Senior Fellow (Emeritus) at the Center for Security Policy

Philip B. Haney

Senior Fellow (Emeritus) at the Center for Security Policy

Haney is a Founding Member of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in March of 2003; Customs & Border Protection Officer (CBP); retired honorably on July 31, 2015 with 15 years combined Federal service.

Author of See Something, Say Nothing, a best-selling expose of the Obama Administration's submission to the goals and policies of the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as other Islamic groups operating here in America, and around the world. Official release date May 24, 2016.

Inaugural Recipient of the American Freedom Award from the American Freedom Alliance (AFA) on May 21, 2017.

Senior Fellow (Emeritus) at the Center for Security Policy, from August 2015 through Present.

Alex Nowrasteh

Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute

Alex Nowrasteh

Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute

Alex Nowrasteh is an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. His popular publications have appeared in the Wall Street JournalUSA Today, the Washington Post, and most other major publications in the United States. His academic publications have appeared in the Journal of Economic Behavior and OrganizationEconomic Affairs, the Fletcher Security Review, and Public Choice. Alex regularly appears on Fox News, MSNBC, Bloomberg, and numerous television and radio stations across the United States. He is a coauthor of the booklet Open Immigration: Yea and Nay (Encounter Broadsides, 2014).

He is a native of Southern California and received a BA in economics from George Mason University and a Master of Science in economic history from the London School of Economics.

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Peter Schiff

President & CEO of Euro Pacific Capital

Peter Schiff

President & CEO of Euro Pacific Capital

Peter Schiff is the President & CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, an SEC-Registered Investment Adviser, and a full-service broker/dealer. He is one of the few widely known economists and investment professionals to have warned about the financial crisis before it began. As a result of his commentary on the U.S. stock market, economy, real estate, the mortgage meltdown, credit crunch, subprime debacle, commodities, gold and the dollar, he is becoming increasingly more renowned. He is a widely followed opponent of debt-fueled growth policies and known for his advocacy for emerging market and commodity-focused investments in countries with positive fiscal characteristics.

Sterlin Lujan

Communications Ambassador for Bitcoin.com

Sterlin Lujan

Communications Ambassador for Bitcoin.com

Sterlin Lujan [cv] is the Communications Ambassador for Bitcoin.com. He is responsible for representing the company. He speaks on behalf of bitcoin.com regarding viewpoints on various topics, including forks, segwit coin, and other technical matters. He also presents information at bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and fintech conferences. Sterlin is a professional speaker and possesses a Competent Communicator certificate from the International Toastmaster's organization.

He has been deeply immersed in the crypto ecosystem since 2013, but did not get serious until 2015. Sterlin has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M University, and is an outspoken proponent of voluntaryist anarchism . Sterlin has spoken at several bitcoin and blockchain conferences, including Anarchapulco, Nexus Earth, Steemfest, Texas Bitcoin Conference, and others. He has also mentored businesses and individuals on bitcoin via his consultation business called The Cryptocurrency Confidant.

His talks usually revolve around the connection of psychology and cryptocurrency, anti-government crypto systems, the cypherpunk movement, and the future of bitcoin.

Land your next job promoting liberty at LibertyCon
The 2nd annual career fair will take place on Saturday, March 4th at LibertyCon. This will be an informal setting with representatives from partner organizations present to answer any questions you have about open positions and graduate school programs. Last year, participating organizations included the Cato Institute, Foundation for Economic Education, and the Charles Koch Institute! Make sure to bring your your resume or CV! But first, make sure to register for LibertyCon, as this is an attendee only event. 
AYN RAND OBJECTIVIST SEMINAR
For liberty to succeed, it needs persuasive reasons why the right way to live is to live in freedom — which means, it needs a philosophical and moral base. Join us in a collaborative discussion with other intelligent and motivated students to examine one of the most influential philosophies in the liberty movement.

Between the 1930s and 1960s, the liberty movement was just a handful of economists and writers. Ayn Rand’s novels and essays, especially Atlas Shrugged, launched the liberty movement into broader American awareness and helped it grow into the much larger movement it is today. They continue to attract new advocates for freedom every year.

If you are attending Liberty Con, come a day earlier and learn about Ayn Rand’s unique and integrated framework and its justification of the free society. In this seminar, we will examine three of her essays, “The Objectivist Ethics,” “Man’s Rights,” and “What Is Capitalism” in four shared Socratic inquiry sessions, beginning Thursday evening 3/1, and ending just before the beginning of Liberty Con on Friday 3/2.

The seminars will be led by three individuals with a longstanding interest in Ayn Rand: Marsha Familiaro Enright, director of the Great Connections Seminars; Raymond Raad, and Elizabeth Parker.

All interested students must complete our short application, available through the link below. Those attending the seminar will need to make their own arrangements to arrive on Thursday 3/1 – one day early. Accepted students will be provided a (shared) hotel room for the night of 3/1. And there is a fee of $25 per attendee. For further information, please contact Raymond Raad at [email protected] or Marsha Enright at [email protected].  

Apply for the seminar HERE.
SFL TOP GLOBAL
LEADERSHIP RETREAT
The Top Global Leadership will start on March 1st and brings together the top student leaders in our network for a day of top-notch training! Participation is by invite only but don’t worry, these top leaders will be joining you for the duration of LibertyCon.