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Doug Casey

Founder of the Eris Society.
Author:
Crisis Investing, The International Man, Strategic Investing, Crisis Investing for the Rest of the Nineties, International Investing, The Expatriate Investor
Editor: International Speculator 
Agora, Inc. 
14 West Mt. Vernon Place 
Baltimore, MD 21201
www.caseyresearch.com

 

David Galland
Eris Chair, 1994
Eris Chair, Eris Argentina

David Galland is Managing Director of Casey Research,LLC., and the Executive Director of the Explorers’ League. His career in the resource and financial services industry dates back to a stint working underground at the Climax mine in Colorado, following college. Over the course of his career he has worked in a publishing and/or editorial capacity with Gold Newsletter, the Aden Analysis, Wealth Magazine and Outstanding Investments, among others. He currently serves as Managing Editor for Doug Casey’s International Speculator, Casey Investment Alert, and What We Now Know. In addition to his work in financial publishing, David has served as the Conference Director for the annual New Orleans Investment Conference (1979 to 1987), as a founding partner and Director for the Blanchard Group of Mutual Funds, and was a founding partner and Executive Vice President of EverBank, one of the biggest recent success stories in online financial services.

 






Stephanie Sailor
Speaker, 2005
Eris Chair, 2006
Artist, designer, writer, musician, marketing maven,
public relations pro, ad critic/creator, firearms safety instructor


Intro: Stephanie's renegade writing/design career started in the early 80's, during her elementary school years, when she used her wealthy pal's photocopy machine to co-publish a mocku-magazine, Kid Report. Mesmerized by the powers of photocopy reproduction, Stephanie manipulated class portraits and teen zine photos. She chopped off the heads of students, teachers, and celebrities, reconstructing their bodies, building boffo body copy, and selling the package for profit. Though Kid Report was an insta-student hilarity hit, school administrators banned the bound work from school grounds. Regardless, Stephanie continued to produce the publication, standing exactly 1 foot off public school property to peddle her product.

Education: From high school through college, the formula for her "education" remained pretty much the same as above: In search of enlightenment, Stephanie explored and pushed boundaries, thus leading to the unintended inflammation of educators, Marxist-feminists, and other numbskulls.

Stephanie's true education occurred while attending part-time advertising courses held at Leo Burnett (via Northwestern University), where she worked hands-on with creative directors to receive enlivening, brutal, eye-opening critiques. Low on dough, Stephanie wasn't officially enrolled in the courses, but she showed up to the Burnett classes, completing assignments anyway. Beyond Burnett, the best education Stephanie ever received was working as an apprentice to award-winning creative ad guru Jim Courtright.

Past Work: Some data here. Other data here. Most memorable work: during her high school years, when Stephanie was a makeshift homemaker while raising her younger brother.

Adventures in Music: Circa '96, Stephanie performed lite vocals and played rudimentary guitar/Farfisa in The Popsickles, a Chicago pop punk electro duo with Ian Adams*.  In their short life, The Popsickles toured Chicago and England.     *Former flair for The Ponys -- now vocalist/guitarist, The Submarine Races.

Adventures in Un-Politics: In the late ‘90’s, Stephanie enlightened the anti-gun city of Chicago, promoting the right to self-defense by training anti-gun reporters how to safely handle and operate firearms. She co-founded Chicago Second Amendment Sisters and was the thorn-in-the-side of anti-gun politicians, such as former Illinois Congressman -- now Governor Rod Blagojevitch. Stephanie has appeared extensively in local and national media as a self-defense spokesperson.

During the winter season of 2000, Stephanie hosted Chicago’s most popular cable TV show, GUNS, DRUGS, & CHICKS, going on-air to expose gun rights, drug war wrongs, and the failures of mainstream feminism. Simultaneously, she sold libertarianism by launching a creative poster-based campaign on Chicago’s Transit Authority trains.

As a Gen X candidate, Stephanie ran for U.S. Congress (IL) on 3 occasions, operating her campaign headquarters (art projects?) from a mere laptop computer. Despite running campaigns on a budget of $0, Stephanie’s anti-machine stance led to a permanent change in election laws within the state, after her name appeared on the '02 ballot as Stephanie “Vs. The Machine” Sailor. In ’04, she challenged the dynasty of Jesse Jackson, Jr., appearing everywhere as Sephanie Kennedy Sailor (except on the ballot, because of that darn new anti-nickname law). Without kissing babies or shaking the hand of a single voter, she won nearly 27,000 votes.

Current: In 2005, finding no more fun in the act of political partying/prodding, Stephanie skipped away from the political arena to focus her energies on other projects. She’s currently head creative brain of a marketing agency, publicist/range safety officer for Boomershoot, director of Guns101.com, artist, writer, webmaker, and full-time homemaker. Latest work: Vertoro.com, Free Marketeer of the Year (in progress), and lots of other goodies.

 

Thea Alexander

Speaker, 1998
Speaker, 1992
Author: A Macro Philosophy; The Macro Love Story (original edition of 2150A.D. 1971, Macro Books); 2150A.D. (revised edition of 2150A.D.1976, Warner Books); How to Develop Your Macro Awareness; How to Live a Macro Lifestyle; How to Interpret Dreams from Macro View; The Prophetess: Conversations with Rana; Simultaneous Time: Twin Souls, Soul Mates, and Parallel Lives; How to do Personal Evolution Tutoring; The Macro Study Guide and Workbook
theaalexander.com

 





Nick DeWolf
1928 - 2006

Speaker, 2004
Nick DeWolf cannot be described, only experienced. Nick is a long-time computer master, physicist, educator, photographer and provacateur extraordinaire. He is a successful technology entrepeneur (Teradyne Corp. and Rofintug), creator and innovator (he designed , built and programmed the fountain in downtown Aspen).
He and his partner Alex d'Arbeloff founded Teradyne in 1960, and set up shop in rented space above Joe and Nemo's hotdog stand in downtown Boston. Teradyn's first kernel of gold, Automatic Test Equipment (ATE), actually launched an entire industry. Nick left Teradyne in 1971 to pursue personal and business interests.
Among those interests, Nick DeWolf is an honorary member of the Aspen Center for Physics and deeply involved with the "Burning Man" which has morphed from a small gathering in Nevada's Black Rock Desert into an annual celebration of of freedom and expression attended by over 30,000 individuals from all over the world. In his speech, he will attempt to explain Burning Man with the help of his photographs, and invite the daring to join him and Doug Casey in the Piltdowns camp at the 2004 Burning Man event.
nickdw.com

 

Henry Gifford

Henry Gifford started buying apartment houses in Manhattan when he was twenty, and wondered why one building used four times as much fuel as another. He spent years in the business of making apartment house heating systems work better, and started looking at the building around the heating system. He now works on designing and supervising construction of buildings that use about 15% of the energy a normal building uses, cost no more than code minimum construction, and use no new or fancy technology. He is one of very few people working in the field today who does not get paid out of your taxes.

Henry Gifford is a libertarian, has never drank or used drugs, has no religion, is uneducated, and has never owned a TV.

Speech Topic: Building Science

Building Science is the study of the movement through buildings of heat, light, air, sound, fire, smoke, and moisture in its various forms. This is a science largely unknown to people who design, build, own, or live in buildings. Knowlege of building science can help answer questions such as:

- Why is it hard to name a tall building built in the past ten years that has not had a scaffold up to fix water leaks?
- Is the mold crisis real or imagined, and what is really going on and why?
- Why do you have to bring a sweater to the movies in August?

 

Sunni Maravillosa

Co-chair, 2004
Sunni is Director of Operations at Free-Market.Net. She's also co-founder and web mistress for the Liberty Round Table, Sunni's Salon Column and publisher of Doing Freedom! online 'zine. Sunni's personal web site is SunniMaravillosa.com. Sunni's essays have been published in a wide range of places, including The Libertarian Enterprise, The Price of Liberty, Laissez Faire City Times, JPFO's print magazine, ISIL literature, and the recently-published book National Identification Systems: Essays in Opposition.
www.sunnimaravillosa.com

 

Gregory Sams

Speaker, 1997
Gregory Sams pioneered the introduction of natural foods to the UK - opening SEED macrobiotic restaurant in 1967 at the age of 18, Ceres grain store in the Portobello Road two years later and Harmony Food (now Whole Earth Foods) soon after, as well as being closely involved with Harmony Magazine and Seed, the Journal of Organic Living. He conceived and launched the original VegeBurger in 1982, built it up for six years, then moved out of food and into fractals, founding Strange Attractions - the world's only shop dedicated to chaos theory (London 1990). Since then he has gone on to produce and license fractal images worldwide on everything from posters to clothing fabrics. He has had rich experience of the counter-culture becoming mainstream and is well placed to present this refreshingly acerbic, humorous, and optimistic study of the current state we are in.
Author: Uncommon Sense: The State is Out of Date
chaos-works.com

 

John A. Pugsley

Speaker, 2000, Speaker, 2001, Speaker, 2002
Speaker, 1996, Speaker 1999
John Pugsley is one of the original members of the Eris Society.
He is a graduate of UCLA. After many years in business as the president of a number of manufacturing, service, and marketing companies, he entered the investment field. His experiences in this field led him to write his first book, Common Sense Economics (1974), which sold over 150,000 hardcover copies. His second book, The Alpha Strategy, remained on the New York Times bestseller list for nine weeks in 1981.
For 10 years starting the mid-1970s he wrote and published Common Sense Viewpoint, an investment newsletter which became a widely respected and successful publication, reaching 30,000 subscribers. For an additional 10 years he wrote John Pugsley’s Journal.
In addition to writing, Mr. Pugsley's unique ability so clarify complicated economic and investment concepts has won him wide acclaim as a speaker, and as well as appearing on numerous radio and TV talk shows, he has spoken at over 100 conferences and seminars throughout the world
In 1997 Mr. Pugsley was involved in the founding of The Sovereign Society, an international organization of whose members actively work together to develop legal and moral ways in which to retain privacy and individual liberty. The Society’s website is www.sovereignsociety.com. He is currently Chairman of the Society.
John’s well-developed individualist philosophy derives from the evolutionary roots of human nature. In this regard, he is the founder of The Bio-Rational Institute, an organization dedicated to fostering personal fulfillment and social progress through an understanding of the evolutionary roots of human behavior. The Institute’s website is www.biorationalinstitute.org.
John has spoken at numerous Eris Society meetings down through the years, and his iconoclastic views have always provided the meetings with thought-provoking and spirited controversy.
Contact Information:
John A. Pugsley
6956 Sandpiper Place
Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 438-6631
johnpugsley at adelphia dot net

 

Butler Shaffer

Speaker, 2004
Butler is a Professor of Law at Southwestern University School of Law, and a member of the Colorado and Nebraska State Bars. In 2002, he was named as the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law in recognition of his outstanding contributions to legal education and scholarship. From the view of a "modern social historian and philosopher," Professor Shaffer has written numerous books and articles on social theory, business and labor law, and has spoken on these topics before a variety of academic and special interest forums, on network television, cable and radio. The focus of his speech will be on the subjective nature of all human understanding and values: That we can only know the universe through our subjectively-held opinions; that the current crises in the world (terrorism, the war on terror, etc.) are outgrowths of the self-righteousness than comes from a belief in objectively-defined knowledge and values."
www.swlaw.edu/faculty/shaffer.htm

 

Phil St. John, MD

Phil St. John, MD A physician specializing in Anti-Aging Medicine turned Eco-Lodge Designer. His Sustainable RockHouse Island Lodge is a 10 guest B&B situated on a remote wilderness island near Anchorage, Alaska. Powered by Solar Panels and a Wind Turbine this sustainable lodge exemplifies the freedom of living in space. RockIslandLodge.com

 

Paul D. MacCready, Ph.D.

Engineering Environmental Transportation (Engineer of the Century)

For centuries humans have dreamed of flying on their own power. After the achievement of heavier-than-air flight at the beginning of the 20th century, most inventors and dreamers abandoned the idea of human-powered flight. Many dismissed it as impossible. One who did not was Paul MacCready. After half a lifetime of experimentation with gliders, MacCready answered a challenge issued by the Kremer Prize committee to produce a human-powered flying machine.

The human-powered Gossamer Condor is only the most famous of Paul MacCready's innovative air and land vehicles. His Gossamer Penguin and Solar Challenger were the first successful solar-powered aircraft. MacCready also drew on the energy of the sun to power a high-performance automobile, the Sunraycer. MacCready has joined a lifelong interest in aviation with a mature passion for developing environmentally sound transportation technology. In addition to his experiments with solar power, MacCready's firm Aerovironment has developed efficient battery-powered vehicles, such as the Impact sports car for General Motors.

Topic: Doing More With Less: Especially Decreasing CO2

Ten thousand years ago, when civilization started, humans + livestock + pets were a negligible part of the globe's vertebrate mass on land and in the air. Now they represent 98% of the vertebrate mass, and natural creatures have decreased to 2%. Population growth and natural resource consumption are not sustainable. Of the many challenges, the consumption of oil, natural gas, and coal, and associated CO2 release, is a big issue. Unfortunately civilization is incapable of genuine solutions, although technologies exist. We would be wise to get youngsters to contemplate events likely in 2050, 2100, etc.

Email: maccready at aerovirment dot com

 

Katherine Albrecht

Speaker, 2004
Katherine Albrecht is a consumer privacy expert and the founder of CASPIAN, Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering, a national organization created in 1999 to educate consumers about shopper surveillance. Katherine has conducted extensive research on surveillance technology used in retail stores, uncovering everything from homing beacons hidden in grocery carts to microphones that record conversations at sit-down restaurants like Denny's. Katherine holds an undergraduate degree in International Marketing and a Master's degree in Instructional Technology. She is currently completing her doctorate in Education at Harvard University where she is writing her dissertation on consumer education and privacy.
www.spychips.com

 

Patrick J. Michaels

Speaker, 2004
Dr. Michaels is a research professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia and visiting scientist with the Marshall Institute in Washington, D.C. He was president of the American Association of State Climatologists and program chair for the Committee on Applied Climatology of the American Meteorological Society. Currently, he is a contributing author and reviewer of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Patrick’s writing has been published in major scientific journals as well as in popular serials such as the Washington Post, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Houston Chronicle, and Journal of Commerce. He has appeared on ABC, NPR's "All Things Considered," PBS, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, BBC and Voice of America. According to Nature magazine, Pat Michaels may be the most popular lecturer in the nation on the subject of global warming. In his speech, he will talk about how the Kyoto Protocol was broken when Russia made clear it wasn’t playing.
www.cato.org/people/michaels.html

 

Candida Royalle

Speaker, 2004
Candida Royalle is best known for having pioneered the concept of adult movies from a woman's perspective for couples to share. She has produced 15 internationally acclaimed erotic movies and created a revolutionary line of sleek, elegant, ergonomically designed vibrators. She is a sought-after speaker on issues of female sexuality, eroticism and free speech, and has lectured at such venues as the Smithsonian Institute, the World Congress on Sexology, the national meeting of the American Psychiatric Association and several colleges and universities. Candida is a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and a founding board member of Feminists for Free Expression (FFE). In October 2004 Simon & Schuster will publish her first book, How to Tell a Naked Man What To Do: Sex Advice From a Woman Who Knows. Blurb: Candida Royalle will describe her switch from in front of to behind the blue camera in order to create the first line of adult movies from a woman's perspective.
www.royalle.com

 

Larry Abraham

Born in Washington State in 1937, Larry Abraham attended prep school in Tacoma, Washington and college in Spokane and Tacoma, Washington, majoring in History and Pre-Law. After studying correspondence Law from LaSalle University, he chose to join his father in the family plywood business until it was sold in 1961.

After a brief career working in TV and radio in Seattle area, Mr. Abraham was appointed Executive Secretary of the Washington State Young Republican Federation, a post he held for three years. After leaving to help form the Draft Goldwater Movement in his home state, Mr. Abraham became a widely recognized and popular speaker on college campuses across the region on the topic, "Why I am No Longer A Liberal."

Mr. Abraham became an active and effective force in the conservative movement, and was instrumental in forming thousands of conservative study groups throughout the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Hawaii. His work during that time has often been credited with winning numerous key races in those areas, and with the political turnaround in that region.

In 1971, he co-authored the groundbreaking bestseller, None Dare Call It Conspiracy, selling over five million copies, which became a lightening rod for the resurgence of the Conservative Movement in America. Overnight, Mr. Abraham became a nationally known speaker and leader for the conservative revolution that was taking shape in this country. In 1985, he published his powerful and best-selling sequel, Call It Conspiracy.

Throughout his tenure as a conservative speaker, writer, and leader, Larry Abraham has been an active player in the commodities trading industry, specializing in precious metals and currencies. He formed his own investment business in 1975 and has been active in international business and investments since that time. He currently serves as Chairman of a Panamanian-based Investment Banking house, Pan America Capital Group, with clients world wide. In addition to his own business interests, Mr. Abraham is a consultant to numerous companies across the globe, including North and South America and Mainland China, and serves on numerous Boards of Directors.

Mr. Abraham is a frequent and highly demanded speaker at numerous investment and geopolitical conferences in the United States and around the world, and has been a featured guest on many acclaimed television and radio programs. He has served on the Executive Committee of the New Orleans Investment Conference for the past ten years.

He is the former publisher of Conservative Digest Magazine and continues to serve as the Editor and Chief writer of Larry Abraham's Insider Report, in continuous publication for twenty-three years. Insider Report has subscribers in all fifty states and over 49 foreign countries and is one of the most respected and quoted newsletters in the industry.

He is a founding member of the National Committee for Monetary Reform, a past member of The Council for National Policy and the International Policy Forum. He is the father of 11 children and the grandfather of 27. His hobbies include book and art collecting, and golf, which he continues to play all over the world with his many friends, subscribers, and associates.

 

Ron Paul

Ron Paul was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Gettysburg College and the Duke University School of Medicine, before proudly serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the 1960s. He and his wife Carol moved to Texas in 1968, where he began his medical practice in Brazoria County. As a specialist in obstetrics/gynecology, Dr. Paul has delivered more than 4,000 babies! He and Carol, who reside in Surfside Beach, Texas, are the proud parents of five children and have seventeen grandchildren.

While serving in Congress during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dr. Paul's limited-government ideals were not popular in Washington. He served on the House Banking committee, where he was a strong advocate for sound monetary policy and an outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve's inflationary measures. He also was a key member of the Gold Commission, advocating a return to a gold standard for our currency. He was an unwavering advocate of pro-life and pro-family values. Dr. Paul consistently voted to lower or abolish federal taxes, spending, and regulation, and used his House seat to actively promote the return of government to its proper constitutional levels. In 1984, he voluntarily relinquished his House seat and returned to his medical practice.

Dr. Paul is the author of several books, including Challenge to Liberty; The Case for Gold; and A Republic, If You Can Keep It. He has been a distinguished counselor to the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and is widely quoted by scholars and writers in the fields of monetary policy, banking, and political economy. He has received many awards and honors during his career in Congress, from organizations such as the National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, the Council for a Competitive Economy, Young Americans for Freedom, and countless others.

 

Stephen Browne

Speaker, 2004
Stephen Browne, who holds an M.A. in anthropology, moved to Poland in 1991 to teach in a new private high school. In 1993, he started the English program of the first non-public college of science to be founded in Poland since the communist era. Browne moved to Bulgaria in 1996 to teach at the Institute for Foreign Students in Sofia—he barely survived a massive inflation of 10% per day on local wages and witnessed the fall of the last government with communist participation. Stephen is going to talk about the Language of Liberty and spreading the meme of freedom through English language instruction. The former Communist lands of Eastern Europe, confronted with the total collapse of the Marxist model, show a receptiveness to new ideas that does not exist to the same extent in the West. The Liberty Language Camp is dedicated to putting the tools of success into the hands of citizens of the former Soviet lands.
www.isil.org/resources/fnn/2003summer/english-camp-lithuania.html

 

Louis James

Co-chair, 2004
Louis is Vice President of Bureaucrash, a youth-oriented activist group whose purpose is to counter statist memes with pro-freedom ones. He is also CEO of Free-Market.Net, one of the largest and best-known libertarian portal web sites. Louis also writes, and has contributed to TechCentralStation, the Heartland Institute's Intellectual Ammunition, and WWNK,among others.

 

Gary Hudson

Gary Hudson is Chief Designer and Co-Founder of the Transformational Space Corporation. Gary has worked in the field of commercial space for 34 years with an emphasis on development of innovative low-cost systems. In 1996, Gary co-founded Rotary Rocket, dedicated to the development of a single-stage-to-orbit launch vehicle that used a rocket-tipped rotor propulsion system. Rotary Rocket conducted three low-altitude flight tests of a full-scale vehicle. Gary is also the designer of the Phoenix family of launch vehicles which led to the DC-X.

Gary has been a Board Member of the Space Transportation Association, is currently a member of the Board of Advisors of the Space Frontier Foundation, and has presented testimony before the U.S. Congress on several occasions. In addition, Gary has taught at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, the Institute for Space and Astronautical Sciences of Tokyo University, and Stanford University.

Speech Topic: The road to truly private activities in space has been long and torturous. Recent progress including the 2004 flight of SpaceShipOne and the awarding of the X-Prize trophy and purse has broken the log-jam that held back human commerical space flight for many years.

This presentation will review some of the history and "lessons learned" of the past three decades of commercial space projects and focus on how private space can open the space frontier for all humanity.

 

Ricardo Valenzuela

Speaker, 2004
Ricardo Valenzuela was President of the Cattlemen and Farmers Bank in his home town of Hermosillo and the youngest CEO of any bank in the financial history of Mexico. He was also President of Bank Pacifico in Guadalajara, Mexico until the expropriation of the banking system in 1982 when he immigrated to the USA to live in Tucson, Arizona. He is the founder of Alianza Liberal, a Mexican organization that promotes libertarian ideas all over Latin America and especially in Mexico. He writes editorials for more than 30 newspapers in Mexico, South America and Spain on issues of economics and politics. In his speech, Ricardo will analyze whether Mexico is going in the right direction-after 20 years trying to kill the statism of the last 200 years and embrace free markets?
www.google.com/search

 

Robert Hecht-Nielson

Speaker, 2004
Dr. Nielsen received the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from Arizona State University. A member of the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of California, San Diego since 1986, he is co-founder of the UCSD Computational Neurobiology graduate program and the UCSD Institute for Neural Computation. His research interest is understanding the mathematical basis for cortical information processing. He has received the ECE Graduate Teaching Award and the IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Medal. Talk blurb: "Vertebrates think using confabulation, which, in rigorous discourse, functions like Aristotelian logic; but which, in everyday life, works like the 'duck test.' Also, humans are much smarter than expected: the average person possesses roughly a billion individual items of knowledge. Every endeavor related to human or animal mentation must now undergo a total rethink."
www.jacobsschool.ucsd.edu

 

Marc J. Victor

Speaker, 2004
Marc Victor is a criminal defense attorney who practices in both federal and state courts. He serves on the Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization and is the founder of the Freedom Summit, a professional weekend seminar related to human freedom issues. Over the years, he had regular guest appearances on radio talk shows and hosted his own radio show "Discover Freedom" from 1999-2000. Marc was recently appointed Superior Court Judge Pro Tem in Arizona, but got fired on his first day on the bench for refusing to preside over drug offenses. He will discuss the drunken monster erroneously referred to as the "Justice System" and talk about his experiences.
www.strike-the-root.com

 

Gerry Smedinghoff

Speaker, 2004
Gerry Smedinghoff is a consulting actuary, economist and frequent speaker on economic, health care and technology issues. His writings have been published in national newspapers, magazines and technical journals; he appeared on the PBS television program Health Week, and his Cato Institute speech on the economics of the U.S. health care system was featured in Cato Audio, Cato Journal, and the Cato Policy Report. Gerry is also a marathon runner and skydiver. His newspaper editorials highlighting his actuarial research and economic analysis of safety devices were instrumental in defeating a bill in the Nevada legislature to regulate the sport of skydiving back in 1999. Over the past three years, Gerry spent some time in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. His readings and research-supplemented by his Asian academic, business and personal contacts-have led him to the controversial and contrarian conclusion that Lee Kuan Yew, the long-reigning Prime Minister Singapore, represents the model political leader for the 21st century.
Link to presentation

 

Sandy Sandfort

Speaker, 2005
Sandy Sandfort is a writer, lawyer, Cypherpunk, entrepreneur and more. He is a founding member of ONDA, Organización Nacional para el Desarrollo del Aeroespacio (aka, “The Rocket Boosters”). ONDA is a group of forward-thinking Panamanian who believe Panama has the "right stuff" to become a world leader in the private development of space. Sandy may be contacted at sandy(at)sandfort.biz, sandy(at)onda-rb.org or sandy(at)spaceportpanama.org

 

 

Chris Heward

Speaker, 2004
Chris Heward is a Senior Research Fellow for Program on Medicine, Technology, and Society at UCLA, Los Angeles, California and the President of Kronos Science Laboratories, Inc., the clinical reference and R & D laboratory for Kronos-The Optimal Health Company. At Kronos, Dr. Heward’s primary responsibility is to provide leadership to the scientific and technical teams within Kronos' Corporate, Practice Management, Laboratory and Pharmaceutical divisions. His primary area of scientific interest is molecular endocrinology—the study of hormone action at the molecular level. His research involves understanding the structure-activity relationships of hormones and their receptors. More recently, as president of Kronos Science Laboratory, Dr. Heward directs basic research on the fundamental mechanisms of aging and applied research on the prevention of age-related diseases. In his speech, Chris will talk about the market for anti-aging therapies. He will separate hype from reality and discuss what science really has to offer in the way of proven technologies to stave off aging and its consequences.
www.kronoslaboratory.com

www.kronoscompany.com

 

James Von Ehr

Speaker, 2004
James Von Ehr is the founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Zyvex Corporation, the world's first, private, for-profit nanotechnology company. In the Spring of 2003, Von Ehr testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for Bill S.189, The 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act. He is an invited member of the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the U.S. President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Jim is recognized as a respected leader within the nanotechnology industry; proof of his commitment is his personal contribution of $3.5 million to establish the University of Texas at Dallas NanoTech Institute. He has also endowed the James Von Ehr Distinguished Chair of Science and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas, held by Nobel Laureate Dr. Alan G. MacDiarmid (2000 in Chemistry). In his talk, he will separate the reality from the hype about nanotechnology for us.
www.zyvex.com

 

Tim Starr

Speaker, 2004
Tim was born & raised in Berkeley, CA. He attended UC Santa Barbara, worked for the Marrou LP campaign in '92, and for ISIL for several years. He now works for an online marketing company, studies military history and foreign policy, and runs a pro-war-on-terrorism e-mail list "Fight For Liberty!", working on turning it into a full-fledged organization. "Fight for Liberty!" is an organization of Libertarian hawks that "recognizes the need for a powerful military, whether private or state, to vanquish the terror movement." The group supports a victory over terrorism and opposes Libertarians who are in favor of downsizing the U.S. military. Tim will talk about how wars can reduce statism, and states can be healthy without war. Libertarianism is anti-aggression, not anti-intervention, he says. Not all foreign policy interventions provoke attacks, and some attacks are unprovoked.
www.no-treason.com/Starr/

 

Col. David H. Hackworth (Ret)

Speaker, 1998
Currently a syndicated columnist for King Features (Defending America), David Hackworth is co-author of the 1989 international best seller, About Face subtitled,The Odyssey of an American Warrior and the subsequent Brave Men. He also co-authored the Vietnam Primer -- the fighting man's bible for guerrilla warfare in Vietnam which was published by the Pentagon and used as a training manual during the Vietnam War -- and Hazardous Duty which has been a best seller all around America and is still on the shelves in paperback.
www.hackworth.com

 

Rigoberto Stewart

Dr. Rigoberto Stewart is a native of Limón Province, Costa Rica.

Education Upon completing his primary and secondary education in Siquirres, Limón, Dr. Stewart attended the Panamerican School of Agriculture in Honduras, receiving a degree in Agriculture in 1973. Subsequently he undertook advanced studies in the United States, receiving his bachelor of science degree in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida in 1978, his masters in Agricultural Economics from Louisiana State University in 1980, and his doctorate in Economics from North Carolina State University in 1984. During 1985-1986 he was a post-doctoral fellow in the Economics Program at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), in Mexico.

Professional Experience Since 1984 he has consulted internationally for organizations such as the World Bank, BID and USAID, as well as governments, in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru Jamaica and Ghana. He has taught at the University of Costa Rica and the Latin American University of Science and Technology, in San José. In 1995, Dr. Stewart founded and in 1999 became Executive Director of the Institute for Liberty and Policy Analysis (INLAP in Spanish), a think tank designed to promote individual liberty and government policies that facilitate individual and economic development.

Publications Dr. Stewart is a well known author. He has published many books, articles and monographs, especially in his chosen field of economics, forestry policy and economic development in Latin America. Among his books are The magic and mystery of trade (2005), The Hidden Truths of Protectionism (2000), and Limón REAL, a Free and Autonomous Region (1999). He also edited a volume with Vince Miller, in Spanish, entitled Freedom in our Time: A collection of Libertarian Essays, and is currently writing The Mystery of Trade. He is a frequent contributor to the editorial page of La Nación, the most important newspaper of Costa Rica; and to other newspapers and magazines in Costa Rica. His articles are published throughout Latin America by the Inter-American Economic Press Agency (AIPE).

Political Activities Dr. Stewart is a co-founder of the Libertarian Party, which he served for two years as Secretary General. Currently he has no ties with any political party.

 

Michael Strong

Speaker, 2004
Michael Strong has created several innovative, high-performance secondary schools that combine attention to well-being, a positive social/emotional environment, and top-notch academic performance. He is the author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice, and the forthcoming Whole Lives: The Creation of Conscious Culture Through Educational Innovation. Michael will speak on FLOW, a positive, idealistic vision for the future based on the creation of peace, prosperity, and well-being through the combination of free markets and intentional entrepreneurial efforts to create and disseminate wellness.
www.realisticvisionary.com

 

Bernard Von Nothaus

Speaker, 2004
Bernard von Nothaus recently retired after 25 years as the Mintmaster at the Royal Hawaiian Mint where he specialized in Hawaiian Numismatics and created financial instruments for local, national and international clients. Currently Bernard is the Monetary Architect at NORFED (National Organization for the Repeal of the Federal Reserve Act and the Internal Revenue Service), a non-profit, free enterprise corporation that has distributed over $5 million Liberty Dollars to an international network of 100,000 people. Bernard speaks nationally and internationally on the current fraudulent, fiat government monetary system that is manipulated by every country's Central Bank and has postulated Bernard's Law: "When the people own the money (ALD), they control the government. When the government owns the money (FRN), it controls the people." In response to "You can't fight City Hall", he presents the simple NORFED Solution: Stop using "their" money, start using The Liberty Dollar, and return America to value-one dollar at a time."
libertydollar.org

 

Richard Stevens

Speaker, 2004
Richard Stevens graduated from UC San Diego with a computer science degree, then began a new career after graduating with high honors from the University of San Diego Law School in 1988. He practiced civil litigation in California, then moved to the Washington, D.C. area where he taught legal research and writing at George Washington University and George Mason University. Mr. Stevens currently specializes in teaching and practicing persuasive writing, particularly in legal briefs and public policy advocacy. His articles on a variety of subjects have appeared in legal and other publications from Ideas on Liberty magazine to S.W.A.T. Magazine. He has authored three books, including Dial 911 and Die, and most recently Death by "Gun Control" (with Aaron Zelman). The award-winning documentary video, Innocents Betrayed, produced by JPFO, was based on his latest book. He will show us why every robbery, kidnapping, rape and murder proves a life-affirming point.
www.jpfo.org/deathgc.htm

 

James Dale Davidson

Speaker, 1997
Co-Author: The Sovereign Individual Mastering the Transition to the Information Age By James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg List Price: $15.00
The Great Reckoning Protecting Yourself in the Coming Depression By James Dale Davidson
Google search results

 

Kent van Cleave

Speaker, 2004
Kent van Cleave has completed coursework for a doctorate in the philosophy of science at Indiana University, Bloomington, and is now embarking on the dissertation phase. To pick only a few highlights, his colorful past includes a Bachelor's degree in music theory and a Master's in philosophy from Arizona State; a Vietnam-era stint playing trumpet in U.S. Army bands; three runs as a Libertarian for various state houses; editing the national magazine of American Mensa; creating and publishing anti-police-state parody posters at http://welcome.to/HomelandSecurity1; founding and operating the voting strategy website, VoteBuddy.com; and wielding graphic design and wordsmithing skills on behalf of the Michael Badnarik for President campaign 2004. Kent will discuss his alternative to a famous approach to naturalizing ethics advanced by philosopher Allan Gibbard.
www.kentvancleave.com
Link to presentation

 

Will Block

Speaker, 1996
Speaker, 1997 [GHB with Dr. Dean]
Speaker, 2001 [Medical Panel with Drs. Wright and Breggin]

Will Block makes his living as a biomedical hacker, having created and run two nutritional supplement companies with a principal focus on life extension and featuring the art and science of Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw. He is a formulator of a number of best selling longevity and cognitive enhancement formulations, and the author of many hundreds of articles on health-related topics. As well, he is the publisher of Life Enhancement, a monthly magazine now in its eleventh year, and two online zines, NeoFiles [www.neofiles.net], edited by the legendary cyberscribe RU Sirius, and HealthExtra, a weekly breaking news publication. Will also directs a futuristic forum, 21st Century Brains in Mill Valley, California, that takes the ongoing, web-based monthly exploration of edgy, visionary philosophy, science and technology to a live audience with deference to extropian, transhumanist, libertarian, and protechnology positions.

Author: The 5-HTP Archives, (1998), Tools for Privacy (1995)

www.life-enhancement.com
www.neofiles.net

 

Malia Zimmerman

Speaker, 2004
Malia Zimmerman is president and editor of Hawaii Reporter Inc., an independent, online, free-market oriented business journal. She also is the co-founder of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii-the first and only free-market think tank in the state of Hawaii. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Freedom Forum, The American Journalism Review and other mainland and international publications in Singapore and South America. As an award-winning investigative reporter, author and public speaker, Malia is best known for her hard-hitting, front-page, investigative stories involving corruption in local business and government. Past key stories involved waste in government, favoritism in the government procurement process, corruption in Hawaii's businesses, activity in Hawaii's business subsidies, political intimidation and voter irregularities in the 1998 and 2000 elections.
www.hawaiireporter.com

 

Jim Davidson

Jim Davidson (James Eric Davidson, not to be confused with James Dale Davidson) is an author and free market money entrepreneur. He is responsible for _The Indomitus Report_ -a weekly newsletter which reports on free market money, individual sovereignty, gold mining, the space frontier, launch technology, new country developments, and longevity.

Topic: Jim will speak on free market money. In 1976, Friedrich Hayek said that free market money was the only way to save civilization. Fortunately, since then, it has stopped being a movement and become an industry. Jim will bring us up to date on current events in the industry, explain some of the cool opportunities arising from it, and discuss future possibilities.

A thorough biography is available at http://www.indomitus.net/jdbio.html

Here is a brief overview: Jim Davidson, 42, author, entrepreneur, space enthusiast. BA, history, Columbia University; MBA, Rice University. Work experience: three years banking, six years aerospace, two years space tourism, three years real estate, thirty-four years entrepreneurship in light metals, lawn and pool care, delivery services, rocketry, free market money, and consulting services. World traveler. Iconoclast. Raconteur. Bon vivant.

 

Phil Zimmerman

Philip R. Zimmermann is the creator of Pretty Good Privacy, an email encryption software package. Originally designed as a human rights tool, PGP was published for free on the Internet in 1991. This made Zimmermann the target of a three-year criminal investigation, because the government held that US export restrictions for cryptographic software were violated when PGP spread worldwide. Despite the lack of funding, the lack of any paid staff, the lack of a company to stand behind it, and despite government persecution, PGP nonetheless became the most widely used email encryption software in the world. After the government dropped its case in early 1996, Zimmermann founded PGP Inc. That company was acquired by Network Associates Inc (NAI) in December 1997, where he stayed on for three years as Senior Fellow. In August 2002 PGP was acquired from NAI by a new company called PGP Corporation, where Zimmermann now serves as special advisor and consultant. Zimmermann currently is consulting for a number of companies and industry organizations on matters cryptographic, and is also a Fellow at the Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society.

http://www.philzimmermann.com/EN/background/index.html

 

 

Art Goodtimes

Art is a county commissioner of San Miguel County in Colorado and is the first elected Green in Colorado. In 2000 his county got the highest percentage of the vote for Ralph Nader. He and libertarian Sherriff Masters cross endorse each other. He runs the Mushroom festival in Telluride which attracts hundreds of people including such luminaries as Dr. Andrew Weil, author of best selling books on natural healing and psychedelics. Nobel Prize winner Kary Mullis and psychedelic pioneer Terence McKenna have also spoke there.

You can find him at http://www.greens.org/colorado/goodart.html

 

Marty Zupan

Marty Zupan is president of the Institute for Humane Studies and the former editor of Reason magazine.

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) is a nonprofit organization that educates college students about the principles of free markets and individual liberty and helps freedom-minded students achieve opinion-leading careers as professors, policy experts, journalists, and filmmakers. Find out more about IHS programs for college students at www.theIHS.org.

Prior to joining IHS in 1989 as a vice president, Marty was editor-in-chief of Reason, the monthly magazine of "Free Minds and Free Markets." She has been published in several academic journals as well as the New York Times Book Review and the op-ed pages of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Orange County Register, and other newspapers. More info about Marty is available at www.theIHS.org/people/staff/mzupan/.

Topic: Marty will draw on her 16 years of experience at IHS and talk about college students and where their heads are—and what can be done about it. We live in the most prosperous time and place in the history of mankind, but the vast majority of students have no idea where this prosperity comes from, and they doubt that it's legitimate. "Capitalism Kills"—seen on a globalization protestor's banner—is a common attitude on campus. Is there any hope for reversing this state of mind? Marty will talk about the communication tools she and the IHS team have found effective—tools we can all use with people who are skeptical that individual liberty and free markets offer the best hope for humans living together in peace and prosperity.

 

Robert Doornick

President and Chief Operating Officer.International Robotics, Inc. is a 30 year old research company whose primary field of interest lies in the study of Human Behavior In The Presence Of Technology. The science is called Technology-to-People Behavioral Psychology, and the aim of this pioneering field is to foster a greater understanding of how Intelligent Machines of the not-too-distant future will need to mimic human emotions and idiosyncratic behavior in order to ensure their longevity and widespread acceptance as they co-habit with humankind. IRI also calls this science “Artificial Life”. IRI’s original efforts in this field included the use of interactive technologies and robotic personalities as surrogate communications tools, used with the Learning Disabled, Socially Maladjusted, Autistic, and Emotionally Challenged individuals.

Topic: Technology-to-People Behavioral Psychology; the Ethics of smart machines in our society, past, present, future! Co-hosted by Robot Millennia!

Biography (requires Acrobat Reader)

 

Dr. Roger Selbert

Dr. Roger Selbert is one of the best-known and most respected trend experts in the United States. As a business futurist, his 20-year track record of economic, social and demographic foresight is unequalled. Roger is:

- Principal of The Growth Strategies Group, a trend research consulting firm;
- Editor & Publisher of Growth Strategies, a trend letter formerly known as FutureScan;
- Vice President of Strategic Planning at LatinWorks, a Hispanic- and general-market advertising, marketing, and communications firm based in Austin, Texas;
- Resident Scholar at the La Jolla Institute, a "new economy" think-tank.

Roger was corporate futurist at Security Pacific National Bank from 1981 to 1987. He is today an internationally recognized author, speaker and consultant on business, consumer, marketing, demographic and technological trends.

Roger holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees in International Relations from the University of Southern California, where he was a Fulbright scholar, Haynes fellow and European Commission grantee. He earned his undergraduate degree in history from Bowdoin College and also attended the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

Topic: “US & Global Demographics, viewed through a Libertarian Perspective”

 

Aubrey de Grey

Chairman of The Methuselah Foundation and the main architect of the Methuselah Mouse Prize structure, is a biologist and computer scientist at the Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge, UK.

His major research interests are the role and etiology of oxidative damage in mammalian aging, including both mitochondrial and extracellular free radical production and damage, and the design of interventions to retard and reverse the age-related accumulation of oxidative and other damage. "

He has published extensively on these and other areas of gerontology. He has also coordinated a series of meetings and articles, collectively termed the SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) initiative, in which noted experts in many areas of gerontology have joined to critique the prevailing pessimism regarding the prospect of meaningful intervention in human aging in the foreseeable future.

His main publications are listed here: http://www.gen.cam.ac.uk/sens/AdGpubs.htm

 

Janet Hardy

Topic: Polyamorists, Paraphiliacs And Other Outlaws: A Tour of Today's Sexual Subcultures

What are your next-door neighbors doing on Saturday night? Maybe dinner and a movie -- or maybe a dungeon party, leather conference, swing club, crossdressing convention or any other of the myriad ways that today's Americans are finding community and self-expression through their sexuality.

Kink isn't just for leatherclad urbanites or sex-crazed sybarites; most experts feel that more than 10% of Americans enjoy one or more forms of alternative sexual expression (sadomasochism, consensual nonmonogamy, crossdressing, fetishism et al). Your parents, kids, siblings, best friends and coworkers may be exploring these forms of sexuality; maybe you've even thought about exploring them yourself. Come learn to separate the facts from the myths about alternative sexualities.

Janet Hardy is a bisexual, polyamorous, gender-bent sadomasochist, who looks like (and is) someone's nice mommy. She is the founder and president of Greenery Press, Inc., the nation's premier publisher of books about alternative and marginalized sexualities. Janet is the author or co-author, under various pen names, of ten books about sex, including "The Ethical Slut: A Guide to Infinite Sexual Possibilities," "The Sexually Dominant Woman: A Workbook for Nervous Beginners," "Sex Disasters and How To Survive Them," and "When Someone You Love Is Kinky." Read more about her and her work at http://www.greenerypress.com.

 

L Neil Smith

L. Neil Smith is working on a very exciting "Space Scouts" project to captivate the current generation of space tourism interested children and make them a force to be reckoned with.

_The Space Scout Manual_, will be aimed at creating, within a decade or so, an enormous political and social constituency --a group of millions --who are grimly determined to get into space themselves, and who won't take "No" (or even "just give us another thirty years") for an answer, from NASA or from anybody else.

Bio: Three-time Prometheus Award-winner L. Neil Smith is the author of 23 books, including
-The American Zone
- Forge of the Elders
- Pallas
-The Probability Broach
- Hope (with Aaron Zelman) and his collection of articles and speeches,
- Lever Action, all of which may be purchased through his website "The Webley Page" at http://www.lneilsmith.com.

Autographed copies may be had from the author at lneil at lneilsmith.com

Neil is presently at work on Ceres and Ares, two sequels to his 1993 novel, Pallas, a decensored and electronically published version of his 1984 novel, Tom Paine Maru, and on Roswell, Texas, with Rex F. "Baloo" May. A 180-page full-color graphic novel version of The Probability Broach was released late last year.

 

Peyton Quinn

Peyton Quinn revolutionized the martial arts world with the publication of A Bouncer's Guide to Barroom Brawling in 1990, which outlined how to recognize and avoid trouble before it starts, how to manage adrenal stress in intense verbal and physical confrontations, the real nature of predatory people, and related topics. He recently applied these barroom-altercation principles to a broad range of typical life scenarios in his new book Freedom from Fear. A brief description of the book from his Web site http://www.rmcat.com

Peyton Quinn provides practical ways to handle stress, whether it is an office conflict or a life and death struggle. By reading Freedom From Fear, you will better understand our innate, ancient biochemical "fight or flight" mechanism. You will learn the psychology of handling difficult bosses, harassing co-workers, and even street thugs. The book will show you the root of most human conflict and miscommunication. "You can be assertive in any type of negotiation without being aggressive or insubordinate. By understanding communications, you will be more effective in the business world, on the street, in the home, or even in your quest for romance and love." Peyton is an articulate and interesting character. He lives in Lake George, Colorado, so it wouldn't be difficult for him to get to Aspen.

TOPIC: Adrenal stress conditioning.

Experiences that occur under an adrenal stress conditions are stored differently in the brain than things experienced or learned under non-adrenal conditions. Adrenal memories are in some way connected to the “frog brain” which is more directly associated with gross motor skills. This is why you automatically stomp on the non-existent brake pedal on the passenger side of the car, without super conscious thought, when teaching your kid to drive!

The significance of this is that in our everyday lives we are exposed to some adrenal conditioning in any human conflict, be it at the office or on the street.

In fact, anywhere and anytime we engage any level of the adrenal complex discharge into our bloodstream some level of pre-conscious behavioral conditioning occurs. The result is that we can be unconsciously conditioned to give “knee jerk” response behaviors to other people's actions or words and in other situations that elicit that previously conditioned adrenal cue.

This conditioning and its resulting response behaviors occur at the sub-conscious level.

Hence, we are often not immediately aware of some of our counter productive and even irrational behaviors that we automatically engage in under stress. Once this process is experienced and understood in the light of the conscious mind, then we have the power to modify or re-direct this innate “fight or flight” mechanism to elicit more productive and rational responses to fear and stress.

 

Michael Karlfeldt, N.D., Ph.D.

Michael Karlfeldt, a Swedish Naturopathic Doctor, Reflexologist, and Certified Aromatherapist, with seventeen years of clinical experience, now practices in Boise and Santa Monica. Dr. Karlfeldt trained for seven years with the well renowned Swedish Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Ingemar Wiberg (Primary Designer of the Curriculum of the leading Swedish Naturopathic School - Birger Ledins Naturläkarskola). Dr. Karlfeldt is a seasoned lecturer at Universities, and Public and Private Venues in both the United States and Sweden. He has published articles in newsletters and magazines covering diverse health topics. He is the developer of "Reflex Energy Response", a technique that utilizes the reflex points under the feet to determine and evaluate energetic changes in the different organs and systems of the body when colors, nutritional supplements, and other positive and negative energetic stimulation are introduced into the energy field. Dr. Karlfeldt is also the creator of a specific Visualization Therapy in combination with Reflexology (related to the field of PsychoNeuroImmunology) to assist in the healing process of chronic health conditions. He has done substantial research, clinical study, and lectures in the area of Nutraceuticals and Phytochemicals. He is currently working on a book, with his wife Kim, related to how the healing attributes of color and certain interconnected emotional, herbal, and environmental assists can positively affect one's creative process, emotional, and physical well-being.

Topic: What Color Is Your Health?

An exploration into the world of color using Reflex Energy Response, a technique, developed by Michael Karlfeldt, N.D. Ph.D., for evaluating energetic changes in the different organs and systems of the body when colors, nutritional supplements, and other positive and negative energetic stimulation are introduced into the energy field.

 

Brian Wowk, PhD

Dr. Brian Wowk is a Senior Scientist at 21st Century Medicine, Inc., a company developing technology for long-term preservation of transplantable tissues and organs. He obtained his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada. His graduate studies included research in radiation oncology and functional magnetic resonance imaging of the brain (fMRI), the latter conducted at the National Research Council of Canada. He left the field of medical physics to work in cryobiology, and is the discoverer of the first synthetic molecules ("ice blockers") that prevent ice formation in cryopreservation solutions by mechanisms similar to antifreeze proteins.

Topic: Suspended Animation, long a staple of science fiction, would have profound implications for medicine were it ever to become reality. A new ice free preservation method called "vitrification" allows for simple tissues and organs to be suspended in time indefinitely until needed for transplant. The same technique can be used to preserve large masses of tissue with remarkable structural fidelity, leading some to speculate that suspended animation may already be a solved problem if allowances for future technology are made to reverse the process.

 

 
Ed Warner

Topic: “Cooperative Conservation: The New Environmentalism”. I made a career out of 'thinking outside the box.' Having developed the Coalbed Methane play for Amoco Production Company in 1976 and a major gas discovery in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, the Swan Field extension (1986), which made a Denver gas company fifty million dollars, I finally found the elephant for myself (and my partners). Everyone in the gas business thought we were crazy, drilling in an area where everyone knew there was no commercial natural gas. Thus, we ended up with 90% of the Jonah Gas Field (along with it's neighbor, the Pinedale Anticline) (1993) which turned out to be the largest natural gas discovery After a thirty year career as a geologist in oil and gas Exploration, I retired five years ago to pursue a second career in conservation. The environmental movement in the U.S. can be explained by the anti-capitalist mentality of it's philosophy. For the first forty years of the 'green' movement, command and control, and stewardship by legislation, regulation - with the understanding that, in order to do good, people had to be coerced, regulated, controlled or removed from the natural environment - was the methodology employed. The negative consequences to these 'noble' intentions, are legendary. In the background, during those first forty years, was a vastly different philosophy espoused by Aldo Leopold and described in his 1949 (posthumous) publication, "The Sand County Almanac." Leopold described a Land Ethic by which landowners and community stakeholders were responsible for good stewardship: "When land does well for its owner, and the owner does well by his land; when both end up better by reason of their partnership, we have conservation. When one or the other grows poorer we do not."

Today, this relationship to the land is called 'Cooperative Conservation.' Instead of coercion, landowners, community stakeholders, government agencies and academia are coming together to promote stewardship joint ventures which combine public and private lands. Through the use of devices that protect private lands like 'Safe Harbor Agreements' and easements, national legislation like the Endangered Species Act and the Wetlands Act can now be used as tools that enhance habitat for endangered or threatened species while at the same time protect property rights. The 'New Environmentalism', an Age of Private Lands Conservation is upon us.

 

In Memory

 

Harry Browne
1933-2006

Speaker, 1995
Speaker, 1997
Speaker, 2001
Speaker, 2002
Author: The Great Libertarian Offer, Fail-Safe Investing, both (available form Laissez-Faire and from Amazon), How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World, You Can Profit From the Coming Devaluation, The Economic Time Bomb, The Complete Guide to Swiss Banks, Why the Best Laid Investment Plans Usually Go Wrong, You Can Profit From a Monetary Crisis, New Profits From the Monetary Crisis, *Why Government Doesn't Work $15.95
A Libertarian's New Year's Resolutions
Why you will survive Y2K
http://www.harrybrowne.org/about.htm

 

Robert D. Kephart
1934-2004

Robert Kephart

 

James L. Gallagher
1940-1995

Jim Gallagher

 

 
Wayne Hage
1936-2006

Wayne Hage author, Storm over the Rangelands

From NY Times Obituary Page:

Wayne Hage, a cattleman who won a significant legal case affirming the rights of ranchers to have their herds graze and drink water on federally owned land, died Monday at his ranch in Tonopah, Nev. He was 69.

The cause was cancer, said his son, also named Wayne Hage.

In 1991, Mr. Hage filed suit against the National Forest Service, arguing that it had illegally denied him access to the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The 7,000-acre Pine Creek Ranch, which Mr. Hage bought for about $2 million in 1978, is adjacent to the national forest.

Eleven years later, Judge Loren Smith of the United States Court of Claims in Washington ruled that Mr. Hage retained property rights to what are called federal grazing allotments. Under those allotments, the government owns the land but ranchers retain access to water and grazing if they can prove they or their predecessors had previously used the land, or built roads or wells on the property. Mr. Hage said the Forest Service had illegally taken his property when it fenced off several water sources and confiscated more than 100 head of his cattle.

Elwood Wayne Hage was born in Elko, Nev., on Dec. 21, 1936. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he also earned a master's degree in animal husbandry.

Besides his son, Wayne, of Tonopah, Mr. Hage is survived by his second wife, former Representative Helen Chenoweth, Republican of Idaho, whom he married in 1999; his brother, Dave, of Tonopah; two sisters, Faye Tewell of Fallon, Nev., and Alice Hage of Woodburn, Ore.; four daughters, Ramona Morrison of Reno, Ruthe Agee of Elko, Margaret Byfield of Taylor, Tex., and Laura Perkins of Boise, Idaho; and 10 grandchildren. His first wife, Jean Nichols Hage, died in 1996.

 

The "Who's Who" Gallery

 

 

The following was formerly the Who's Who page and is an incomplete and random list of past Eris attendees and speakers. Most have attended several times. For writers, we've listed (somewhat arbitrarily) one of their books or publications; for others, their activity. Please note that those who we have bio's and photos of are now listed above this section.

Larry Abraham author, None Dare Call It Conspiracy
Alfred Adask editor and publisher, The AntiShyster
Col. Rex Applegate author, Kill or Be Killed
Dr. George Ayittey author, Africa Betrayed
"Boogie" Bob Baldori pianist (for R&R legend Chuck Berry) turned entertainment industry entrepreneur
Jay Baldwin editor, Whole Earth Quarterly
Sonny Barger president, Hells Angels Motorcycle Clubs
Robert Bauman author, Forfeiting Our Property Rights
F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. author, Your Body’s Many Cries for Water
Peter Beard author, photographer
Gregory Benford, Ph.D. author, Timescape
Walter Block, Ph.D. author, Defending the Undefendable
Richard Bolles author, What Color Is Your Parachute?
William Bonner president, Agora Publishing
Bill Bradford (1947-2005) editor, Liberty Magazine (More Google Search Results)
Stewart Brand founder, Whole Earth Review
Barbara Branden author, The Passion of Ayn Rand
Scott Burns columnist
Michael Checkan Asset Strategies International, Inc.
Ward Dean, M.D. — co-author, Smart Drugs I & II
Thomas Dorman, M.D. author, Fact, Fiction & Fraud in Modern Medicine
William Campbell Douglass, M.D. editor, Second Opinion
Larry Dodge, Ph.D. chairman, Fully Informed Jury Association
Celia Drake, Ph.D. forensic psychologist
Eric Drexler, Ph.D. author, Engines of Creation
Bob Duggan president, Executive Security International
Jim Dunnigan author, How to Make War
Marcus Endicott author, Vagabond Globetrotting: State of the Art and The Electronic Traveler: Directory of Tourism Information Sources
Robert Glass publisher, The Partisan: Journal of the American Freedom Fighter
J. Orlin Grabbe International Financial  Markets
Lester Grinspoon, M.D. editor, Harvard Medical School Mental Health Letter
Larry Grupp author, Ragnar’s Big Book of Homemade Explosives
Michael Hart, Ph.D. author, The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons In History
Henry Heimlich, M.D. developer, Heimlich Maneuver
Joseph Heller creator, Hellerwork
Carl Helmers president, Helmers Publishing, Inc.
Karl Hess, Sr. former editor, Libertarian Party News; author, Dear America
Karl Hess, Jr. author, Visions Upon the LandRobert Higgs author, Crisis and Levithian
Steve Keeley author, The Adventures of the Catman
Frances Kendall author, The SexY Factor
Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. author, The Mind: Its Facets & Multiple Projections
Erika Kovalick immigrant Russian entrepreneur in the tradition of Ayn Rand
Marvin J. Krinsky president, Friends of the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs
Leah Kraft-Kristaine author, 30 Days to Happiness
Henry Lamb executive vice-president, Environmental Conservation Organization
John Landgraf, Ph.D. author, Privacy & Security in a Dangerous World
Robert LeFevre founder, Freedom School, Rampart College
Herb London, Ph.D. founder, Gallatin School; Dean of Students, NYU
Jim Lord retired naval officer; author, A Survival Guide for the Year 2000 Problem
Lee Lorenzen, Ph.D. inventor of “Clustered Water” technology
Leon & Frances Louw authors, South Africa: The Solution
Amory Lovins author, Brittle Power
Peder Lund publisher, Paladin Press Paul MacCready, Ph.D. inventor, the Gossamer Albatross
Eugene Mallove author, Fire From Ice: The Cold Fusion Furor
Rick Maybury editor, Early Warning Report
R.E. McMaster author, Cycles of War
Wendy McElroy author, Sexual Correctness
Mike McNulty coproducer, “Waco: A New Revelation”
Russell Means Native American activist; actor, “Last of the Mohicans”
Chuck Missler, Ph.D. founder, Koinonia House
John Morganthaler — author, Better Sex Through Chemistry
Ralph Moss, M.D. author, Alternative Cancer Therapies
Victor Niederhoffer author, The Education of a Speculator
Robert Nelson author, Public Lands and Private Rights
Gary North, Ph.D. editor, Remnant Review
Mike Oliver author, A New Constitution for a New Country
Richard Panek author, Seeing & Believing: How the Telescope Opened Our Eyes & Minds to the Heavens
Star Parker president & founder, Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education (CURE)
Larry Parks, Ph.D. executive director, Foundation for the Advancement of Monetary Education
James Pate national affairs editor, Soldier of Fortune
Ron Paul, M.D. former U.S. Congressman, Libertarian Party presidential candidate
Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw authors, Life Extension: A Practical Scientific Approach
Ted Nicholas Peterson author, Magic Words
James Randi magician, debunker of paranormal phenomena
Barry Reid author, The Paper Trip
Robert Ringer author, Restoring the American Dream
Jim Rogers author, Investment Biker
Paul Rosenberg president, Fiber Optic Association
David Ross, Ph.D. founder, American Rocket Company
Michael Rothschild author, Bionomics
Kenneth Royce author, You and the Police
Aaron Russo producer, “Trading Places”
Burt Rutan designer, the Voyager
michael ryce, Ph.D. author, Why is this Happening to me…Again?
Rev. Robert Sirico, CSP president, The Acton Institute
Mark Skousen, Ph.D. author, The Structure of Production
L. Neil Smith author, The Probability Broach and The Venus Belt
Randall Smith CEO, RCC Communications Consulting Group
George Stoll founder, Flint School
David Tice investment researcher
Mark Tier editor, Techniques of Psychotherapy
Gail Valentine, D.O. — author, The 5-HTP Archives
Roy Walford, M.D. author, Maximum Life Span
Jonathan Wright, M.D. editor, Nutrition and Healing

 

Jonathan E. Sisk
Eris Webmaster

"Speaker", 1995
Jon has been a computer guy since the mid 70's and spent most of that time running a training company dedicated to multi-user databases and industrial-strength operating systems. He is the author of a dozen books on computer programming, operations and administration. He now works in the area of advanced application development tools with BinaryStar.com.


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