Speakers

The worlds leading authorities on Voluntaryism, free market economics, law, philosophy, psychology of self-esteem, political science, entrepreneurship, gold and precious metals and other investments, privacy strategies, peacful parenting, non-traditional schooling and so much more.

Please check out The Speakers Schedule. The Speakers for Libertopia 2013 include:

Jeffrey Tucker, Master of Ceremonies


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Jeffrey is the publisher and executive editor of Laissez Faire, Distinguished Fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education, 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, and The Annotated Bibliography of Henry Hazlitt (1992). He is adjunct scholar at the Mackinac Center, speaks annually for the Acton University, has spoken for the Institute for Humane Studies, conducted three seminars for the Students for Liberty, has been interviewed on countless media venues, and, since 2007, has written a weekly column for The Wanderer. He writes regularly on economics,culture, and society for Crisis Magazine, Laissez Faire Today, The Daily Anarchist, Fee.org, and many more outlets, and is He is a former editorial vice president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

Matt Amberson

Entrepreneur, unschooler, host educational website the DeadEasyLife.com

Matt Amberson, entrepreneur and unschooling advocate, is host of DeadEasyLife.com an educational site dedicated to understanding life’s most important topics: ethics, purpose, cooperation, self-knowledge, intimacy and parenting. Amberson is a successful entrepreneur, founding over 10 businesses in various fields. He was a derivatives trader before starting a research and consulting firm. Matt is a graduate of Kellogg School of Management, one of the top of business schools in the world. He is also an avocado farmer with wife Molly and two children.

Michael Badnarik

Michael Badnarik is a constitutional scholar, and author of the highly-acclaimed “Good to be King”. Passionately “Lighting the fires of Liberty”, he once hosted a daily radio talk-show by that name. Now he travels the country teaching an eight-hour class on the Constitution, which focuses on the difference between rights and privileges.

Davi Barker

Jeff Berwick

Anarcho-capitalist, revolutionary and freedom fighter against mankind’s two biggest enemies, the state and the central banks. A serial entrepreneur, he has founded countless enterprises totaling peak values in the hundreds of millions of dollars and currently operates The Dollar Vigilante which covers the coming collapse of the monetary system from an anarcho-capitalist and Austrian economics viewpoint. He is also the host of the popular anarchist video podcast, Anarchast and has recently founded a libertarian expat community in Chile called Galt’s Gulch Chile.

http://www.dollarvigilante.com/

 

Jayant Bhandari

Jayant Bhandari, a resident of Singapore, is constantly traveling the world to understand it and to look for investment opportunities, particularly in the natural resource sector. He advises institutional investors about his finds. He also runs a yearly seminar in Vancouver entitled “Capitalism & Morality.”

Jayant’s Website

Amanda Billyrock

Amanda is owner and operator of AmandaBillyRock.com, which offers original videos, cartoons, and articles on Austrian economics, government policy, activism, and philosophy. She has recently moved to the Free State Project in New Hampshire, where she blogs about the very exciting things happening in the region. She has spoken at ACT New Zealand, PorcFest, and FreedomFest. She is a huge fan of Bitcoin, agorism, and the non-aggression principle.

Amanda BillyRock

Jeffrey Borrowdale

Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Lane Community College, Faculty Advisor, LCC Students for Liberty, tea party activist, transhumanist, screenwriter and developing digital auteur.

http://www.jeffreyborrowdale.com

 

Peter Bos

President of Polydyne, a management consulting company, and Founder of the Science of Freedom Foundation.

http://www.freetradecities.com/

 

Hannah Braime

Hannah Braime is the founder of Becoming Who You Are, the guide to authentic living. She is passionate about helping people create the lives they want from the inside out. Hannah provides resources and coaching through www.becomingwhoyouare.net that support people in overcoming their social, cultural and familial conditioning, and living life on their terms.

She is the author of ‘The Ultimate Guide to Journaling’ and numerous other books. She offers a variety of authenticity-related e-courses through her website, where you can also find her podcast and free downloadable resources on authentic living.

Penny Burbank

Penny Burbank is the Director of the Free Art Institute and Director of the Women’s Freedom Institute. She is also the Communications & Social Media Marketing Director for the San Francisco Institute of Architecture. She has an Associate of Arts in Architecture degree from the San Francisco Institute of Architecture and is currently working on her BA in architecture. She is an alumni of the Institute of Humane Studies, California Coordinator for Outright Libertarians, and Secretary of the Association of Libertarian Feminists. She has held positions as Publications Manager/Webmaster at The Independent Institute and has lectured at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture and Libertopia. She is the owner of Penny Digital, an art project that connects people who have depression with the arts. Penny developed the Social Media program for Free Minds and has researched programs for a Women’s Studies as well as a interdisciplinary Art program. She has a book project in development to acknowledge great women throughout history who are beacons of freedom, reason, science and philosophy.

John Bush

Community activist in Austin, Texas, and speaker on liberty, self-sufficiency, and silver/barter.

http://peacefulstreets.com/

 

Gary Chartier, PhD.

Author, The Conscience of an Anarchist; member, advisory board, Center for a Stateless Society.

http://liberalaw.blogspot.com/

 

Clyde Cleveland

Entrepreneur, ecologist, public speaker, and political historian. Author of “Restoring the Heart of America” and “Common Sense Revisited.” Libertarian candidate for Governor of Iowa in 2002 Married for 43 years, with four children and seven grandchildren.

http://www.commonsenserevisited.com

 

Sky Conway

 

Entrepreneur, movie producer, and producer of Libertopia.

 

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Marlene Damon

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.

 

Tuur Demeester

Tuur Demeester is author of the financial newsletter MacroTrends, with which he recommended buying Bitcoin at $5. He was speaker at the Bitcoin 2013 Silicon Valley conference and currently specialises in cryptocurrency related investments.

Tuur co-founded the Murray Rothbard institute in 2006, as well as two sudbury schools, one in Belgium and one in the Netherlands. The latter, De Kampanje in Amersfoort, is still alive and kicking, despite six years of government intimidation and prosecution.

Under the auspices of the Rothbard Institute, Tuur translated “What has government done to our money” and also De Soto’s “Money, Bank Credit, and Economic Cycles”. His paper “The business cycle: a definition” was presented at the Université Paris Assas and later published in “Procesos de mercado: Revista Europea de Economía Política”.

Tuur has traveled to 29 countries and lived in 7 cities. He currently spends most of the year between Chile and Argentina.

Jake Desyllas

Jake is the host of The Voluntary Life, a podcast about entrepreneurship, investing and personal freedom. He founded Intelligent Space Partnership, an award-winning consultancy that pioneered innovation in pedestrian movement simulation and analysis. He sold his business to a large multi-national consultancy, and is now an independent entrepreneur who spends half his time living abroad. His new book on entrepreneurship will be published shortly. Find out more at http://thevoluntarylife.com

Toni Fairman

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. Toni is co-leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation San Diego Chapter. She resides in San Diego with her husband and their two sons.

Stuart Fischbein, MD, OB/GYN, FACOG

Dr. Fischbein is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and did his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. He has been in private practice since 1986 and has a long history of support for Certified Nurse Midwives and Licensed Midwives and the normalcy of human birth. In 1995 co-founded The Women’s Place, an innovative model of collaboration between Certified Nurse Midwives and Obstetricians in Camarillo, CA. In 2004, Dr. Fischbein co-authored “Fearless Pregnancy, Wisdom and Reassurance From a Doctor, a Midwife and a Mom”. The second edition was released in 2010 (fearlesspregnancy.net). He was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for service to pregnant women by the Doulas Association of Southern California and he is a founding member and medical advisor to the Birth Action Coalition. He currently supports and performs out of hospital birthing and he is the medical director of The Santa Barbara Birth Center and medical consultant to the Sanctuary Birth and Family Wellness Center. Dr. Fischbein is an advocate of birth choices and the right of true informed consent and refusal. He has lectured in support of VBAC and selected term breech and twin delivery and advocates for the return of these evidenced based options and skills in residency training programs. He appears in many educational videos on YouTube and about.com as well as in “More Business of Being Born” on DVD and contributed to “Your Best Birth” by Abby Epstein & Ricki Lake. His web site is birthinginstincts.com and his essays and blog are posted at supportdrfischbein.com.

David D. Friedman, PhD.

Professor of Law at Santa Clara University and Economist

2012 Sovereign Award Recipient.

http://www.daviddfriedman.com/

Foster Gamble

Host of Thrive movie and website

http://www.thrivemovement.com/home.

 

Tom Garrett

I love starting businesses. Some have failed, a few have worked.

I’m sad when I think about my relationship with the people who say they belong to the government.

I’m excited to see how technology and entrepreneurship are combing at an exponential rate and creating opportunities for living safely among people who value and seek respectful relationships.

Carla Gericke

Carla Gericke, JD, MFA, aka “Queen Quill,” practiced law as in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies in Silicon Valley before redirecting her efforts to liberty activism and writing. In 2008, Carla moved from New York City to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project (FSP). During the day, she is the program director of a NH-based arts non-profit, teaches writing, and in her vast “free time” is s-l-o-w-l-y working on a book about the FSP. In 2009-2010, Carla was the organizer of the Porcupine Freedom Festival (“Porcfest”), an annual gathering of thousands of liberty lovers hosted by the FSP in Lancaster, NH. In 2011, Carla became president of the FSP, a movement to attract 20,000 liberty activists to the “Live Free or Die” state. Carla is a frequent radio guest, and speaks at pro-liberty conferences like Freedom Fest, Libertopia, Porcfest, and Liberty Forum, as well as on college campuses and retreats. Carla likes cooking, yoga, keeping police accountable (she is currently suing the Weare PD for arresting her for filming police in public), voluntary monarchies, and killing the occasional turkey with her bare hands. Her personal motto is: Chill Don’t Kill. (People that is. Food is fair game.)

 

Alexandra Goldburt

alexandragoldburtAlexandra Goldburt escaped USSR in 1987 and settled in California in 1988. Being a life-long autodidact, she taught herself English and Spanish without any “formal” classes, and became proficient enough in both languages to interpret from one to another professionally and get paid for it. Alexandra has been radically unschooling her children since 1999, and encouraging others to do the same.

In addition to unschooling, her hobbies include learning languages just for the fun of it, organizing a historical discussion group (http://www.meetup.com/Ideas-that-shaped-history-discussion-group/) and running a “Dissenting Opinion” page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dissenting-Opinion/469749813087090) where she expresses an unconventional opinion just about everything.

 

Anthony Gregory

Research Analyst at The Independent Institute and songwriter/musician.

http://www.independent.org/

 

Ernest Hancock

Publisher of FreedomsPhoenix.com and co-founder of the Freedom Summit.

www.freedomsphoenix.com

 

Patrick A. Heller

Pat Heller left a career as a CPA in 1981 to become part-owner of Liberty Coin Service in Frandor. He has been the sole owner since the beginning of 1995. It is Michigan’s largest rare coins and precious metals bullion dealership.

The accuracy of Pat’s gold and silver market analyses and forecasts in the past few years has led to a growing international reputation as a writer and speaker. Beyond creating his company’s monthly newsletter, he also provides weekly columns for three other internet websites that cover rare coins and precious metals. In late 2010 Pat began writing bimonthly columns on collectibles for The Greater Lansing Business Monthly.

In the past few years, Pat has been interviewed by, written for, or been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, ABCNews.com, Fox Business News, Forbes.com, Bloomberg, The Journal of Accountancy, London’s Financial Times, other major US newspapers.

Chas Holloway

Writer, lecturer and publisher most noted for promoting visionary works on the science of freedom.

http://chasholloway.com/2-chas-holloway-bio/

 

Charles Johnson

Editor, Markets Not Capitalism (2011); blogger at radgeek.com; Anarchist activist, speaker, and sometime web developer.

http://radgeek.com/

Dan Johnson

Angela Keaton

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

http://www.antiwar.com/radio

 

Roderick Long, PhD.

 

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

http://aaeblog.com

Tarrin Lupo

Tarrin P. Lupo is best known for being the author the historical fiction novel “Pirates of Savannah”. The novel is currently the highest rated historical fiction and is #1 on Amazon. He is also known for his animal activism and his children’s book “Catch that Collie”. Mr. Lupo is also a full time liberty activist who runs a news service called The Low Country Liberty Report. He is nationally known for co-hosting the wildly popular Wheels off Liberty show and guest hosting other acclaimed national podcasts. Tarrin has successfully written six other books. He currently resides in Savannah Georgia and is a member of the Free State Project, spending time in New Hampshire promoting the ideas of Freedom and Liberty.

 

Dayna Martin

Dayna is a pioneer for freedom and peace through her work as an Unschooling advocate. Author of “Radical Unschooling: A Revolution Has Begun,” and her newest book, “Sexy Birth,” she has been featured on The Dr. Phil Show, CNN, Nightline, Fox News The Jeff Probst Show and most recently, she starred on the ABC hit show, Wife Swap. Dayna travels and helps families worldwide as, “The UnNanny.” Dayna promotes shifting from control to connection with children and inspires parents to respect their children through partnership parenting.

Dayna runs the two largest Unschooling conferences in the nation, the LifeRocks! Conference in North Conway,NH and the Rethinking EverythingConference, in Dallas, Texas. Dayna lives in the White Mountains ofNew Hampshire, U.S.A.,and has four truly free children and a wonderful husband who she spends herdays with in love, freedom and peace.

Dayna’s website

Trace Mayer

Attorney and author.

http://www.runtogold.com/

http://www.howtovanish.com/

Michael McGinty

Critical Thinking Instructor at Business Processes Inc

 

John Michno

John is a change management consultant, mediator and PMP. He facilitates group conversations using tools such as NVC, Collaborative Communication, World Café, Open Space, mindful conversation and interest-based negotiation. He consults for organizations seeking to engage creativity, reduce the transactional costs of conversations gone awry and increase the return on investment of human capital.

Michael Mihalkanin

Krav Maga, MMA, FAST Defense, Fitness Currently resides in San Diego, California where he is the lead instructor for MMA Academy. Michael has been a devoted practitioner of martial arts for over 30 years and holds rank in several styles of Martial Arts. He is a 6th Degree Black Belt with the World Martial Arts Ranking Association (WMARA), a black belt and expert instructor with Krav Maga Worldwide. FAST Defense Senior Instructor teaching reality training from open hand to weapon defense.

 

Stefan Molyneux

Stefan Molyneux is the host of Freedomain Radio, the most popular philosophical podcast on the Internet, and the recent winner of the 2012 Liberty Inspiration Award ahead of Ron Paul, Tom Woods and Antonio Buehler.

Stefan left his career as a software entrepreneur and executive to pursue philosophy full time through his work at Freedomain Radio, a philosophical community website which is funded entirely through donations. Between podcasts, videos and books, Stefan’s work at Freedomain Radio has been downloaded over 50 million times.

A self-identified full time parent and philosopher, Stefan has spoken all over North America on subjects ranging from politics to philosophy to science to economics to relationships to atheism – and how to achieve real freedom in your life today.

FreeDomain Radio

Stephanie Murphy

MD/PhD student living in New Hampshire.

www.fr33aid.com/

 

Ryan William Nohea Garcia

Ambassador for The Seasteading Institute.

http://seasteading.org/

 

Justin O’Connell

Blogger on ways to undermine the chimera of USD while promoting peace and happiness.

http://silvervigilante.com/

 

Jim Peron

Author and President of the Moorfield Storey Institute.

http://www.fr33minds.com/

 

Robert Anthony Peters

Actor and Producer.

http://www.robertanthonypeters.com

 

Drew Phillips

Audio / Video Producer / economic activist /co-founder Don’t Tread On Meme silver barter project.

http://Whatisthiscoinworth.info

 

Bob Podolsky

Bob Podolsky is the founder of Titania an Ethical and Creative society. Podolsky became intensely committed to finding answers to the question, “What has to happen for humanity to Thrive and Flourish?” Humanity’s major problems are caused by: Banks, Organized Religion and Government. (BORG). Collaborating with the late John David Garcia they invented a new, practical, highly creative, voluntaryist, alternative to coercive, oppressive, pyramid style, control structures. He has written 7 books about ethics, law, and government – and the necessity of the transition to an Ethical – Creative Society.

 

Sharon Presley, PhD.

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

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

 

John Rafanello

Life coach, consultant, spiritual guide, President and Chief Visioneer of Wonderworld Enterprises.

http://wonderworldonline.com

 

Roslyn Ross

Libertarian Family blog, behavior modification and family health consultant

http://roslynross.blogspot.com/

 

Bruce Rottman

Humanities teacher, Providence Hall, and Foundation for Economic Education lecturer.

http://www.fee.org/people/bruce-rottman/

 

L.K. Samuels

L.K. Samuels is author of the newly published book In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics Economics and Human Action. He is editor and a contributing author of Facets of Liberty, an anthology of political and economic writings from 1969 to 2009. His historical novel about 17th Century Ireland – Ferret: The Reluctant King — won “Honorable Mention” at the East of Eden Writers Conference held in Salinas in 2002. He managed the Future of Freedom Conference series for five years in Southern California during the mid-1980s. He helped found Rampart Institute with Robert LeFevre in 1980 and eventually became its president. He is the winner of the 2007 Karl Bray Memorial Award, which was presented by Jack Dean’s Samuel Adams Society. Visit his website at www.lksamuels.com. His Wikipedia page is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.K._Samuels.

J. Neil Schulman

Award-winning Author/Filmmaker/Songwriter.

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

 

B.J. Schwartz, PhD.

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).

http://www.facebook.com/simon.blackthorn

 

Butler Shaffer

Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School.

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

 

Alma Somer

Starchild

Starchild is an erotic companion, visionary, political dissident, and community disorganizer who spoke at the first Libertopia in 2011 and currently serves as a member of the Libertarian National Committee. He welcomes shameless flirtation and encourages the breaking of bad laws.

Marc Stevens

Voluntaryist author, consultant and radio show host.

http://marcstevens.net/

 

Fred Stitt

Fred Stitt is an Architect in the San Francisco Bay Area, founder and director of the San Francisco Institute of Architecture www.sfia.net and the Free Minds Institute of Higher Education.

www.freeminds-edu.org

Fred is the author/editor of the Ecological Design Handbook published by McGraw-Hill and has been teaching green building and sustainable design for over 20 years.

Zaira Valdovinos

Zaira Valdovinos is a Mexican born immigrant, raised in California. She obtained a Master’s degree in Anthropology in Amsterdam the Netherlands. She is currently developing curriculum for children and teens to educate them about Austrian economics, liberty and sovereignty. Her previous research has included Agorism and the Rave Culture, as well as Agorist Couples.

Joel F. Wade, PhD.

Joel began studying psychology with his mentors and friendsNathaniel and Devers Branden 33 years ago he has a Ph.D. in Psychology, and isa licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California, but he spends most ofhis time working as a life coach, which enables him to work with people allover the world by phone or skype.

Joel offers workshops and seminars on mastering happiness,centered on cutting edge research in the field of positive psychology and hisdecades of experience as a therapist, coach and teacher. He is the author of Mastering Happiness: Ten Principles forPracticing a More Fulfilling Life, A Pocket Guide to Mastering Happiness and a children’s book, The San People of the Kalahari, based on his first contact in 1988with a band of San hunter-gatherers in the Kalahari Desert.
http://drjoelwade.com/about

Teresa Warmke

Treasurer and Co-Founder of Fr33 Aid and Organizer of Bay Area Voluntaryists.

http://fr33aid.com

Judd Weiss

Award Winning Commercial Real Estate Broker, Event Host, Photographer, and writes about Business and Politics.

http://hustlebear.com

Matt Zwolinski

Matt Zwolinski is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego, founder of the Bleeding Heart Libertarians blog, and author (with John Tomasi) of A Brief History of Libertarianism, forthcoming in 2014 with Princeton University Press.