Friday, 7 October 2016

1985-2016 1-31 Libertarian Seminars

Libertarian Seminars

 In 1985 a subscriber to The individualist, Ria Crafford,  suggested that a seminar be held at which libertarians from all over the country could gather.  This led to the first libertarian spring seminar being held on the farm Nebo near Ficksburg  in the Orange Free State in 1985.  Following the success of this seminar, Trevor Watkins,  Charl Heydenrych and Peter Kidson got together to organise the second Seminar at Mont-aux-Sources hotel in the Drakensberg.  A libertarian spring Seminar has been held every year since that time with the single exception of 2010.

These seminars are a classic example of "spontaneous organisation" suggested by Friedrich Hayek. There is no central committee or structure that takes responsibility for organising the next seminar. After the last seminar it is commonly unknown who will organise the next one. Around about June or July of each year the pressure to organise the next seminar begins to build up, suggestions are exchanged, and eventually the person(s) who want it most emerge and undertake the quite arduous task of organising the seminar completely voluntarily. These organisers choose the date, duration, location, theme, target audience and agenda, yet there is a remarkable consistency between seminars. The date is commonly late September or October (Spring in South Africa), the venue is often close to mountains (the central parts of the country are more accessible to more people), the target audience is all known South African libertarians, with a smattering of overseas intellectuals.

The Libertarian Spring Seminars have outlasted 6 South African presidents, the oppressive apartheid regime (whose secret service agents threatened the organisers of the 2nd seminar), and massive and unprecedented changes in the governance and structure of South Africa. A full list of the seminars is available below.

Eastern Free State
1. Conservation and endangered species – a libertarian view – Trevor Watkins
Organizer -Frances Kendall following suggestion from Ria Crafford
Mont-aux-Sources hotel

Organisers – Charl Heydenrych, Trevor Watkins. Security Police spy also attended.
Little Switzerland
Eugene Nyati, Wiseman Nkuhlu, Hertzog, James Mbetse
Organisers – Terry Markman, Charl Heydenrych, Peter Kidson and Trevor Watkins
7-13 Aug
Royal Swazi Sun,
1. The worldwide revolution – Leon Louw
2. Keynote address – John Hospers
3. Fighting apartheid in the workplace – Albert Koopman
4. Saving the inner cities – David Boaz
5. Untying the knot – Louise Tager
6. Selling Freedom to workers – Marc Swanepoel and David Maphumulo
7. Fighting the system – Lawrence Mavundla
8. Reaching the minds: strategy for change – Frances Kendall
9. Economic development and property rights – Steve Pejovich
10. Centralisation of power in SA and prospects for devolution – Frederick van Zyl Slabbert
11. Privatisation 1987 – the worldwide trend – Bob Poole
12. Once more with feeling – Bruce Evoy
13. The why and when of regulation and deregulation – Jim Johnston
14. Peace in the middle east through non-violence – Mubarak Awad
15. Changing attitudes on SA in America – Ned Munger
16. Future in our time (FIOT) – Hubert Jongen

Also present:
Jason Alexander, Barbara Branden, James Mbetse, Dr Steve Pejovich, , Hernando de Soto, Hubert Jongen, Bill Forster
4th World Conference of Libertarian International

Organized by Frances Kendall, Leon Louw, Gail Day, Vince Miller, Jim Elwood, Bruce Evoy

Swazi Times carried a front page headline article on Libertarians
Sandford Lodge?

Organised by Natal Libertarians, Symond Fiske, Jan Jack
Indaba Hotel
20-23 Sep
1. Markets in Moscow – Leon Louw
2. The future of the ANC – Willie Breytenbach
3. The emerging constitution – Justice Pierre Olivier
4. The big picture, who’s right, who’s left, who’s confused – Anna Starcke
5. Who represents non-socialist blacks? – Oscar Dhlomo
6. Obstacles to a Libertarian South Africa – Frederick van Zyl Slabbert
7. An overview of black politics – Mark Swilling
8. Who my friends will vote for – Kaiser Nyatsumba
9. What the right will accept – Karel Boshoff
10. Societies in transition – Nancy Seijas
11. Does South Africa need a classical liberal party? Gary Moore and Tony Leon
12. Making education work – Eustace Davie
13. Is Anglo a monopoly? – Dan Leach
14. The Land question – Martin Fey and Symond Fiske
15. Labour pains – Frank Vorhies
16. Overcoming historical injustices – Leon Louw
17. Redistribution illusions – Don Caldwell
18. Defending the new SA – Richard Grant
19. Constitutions, referendums – Frances Kendall
20. Crystal Ball Stokvel – predict the SA of 1994
Organiser – Nancy Seijas?
Salt Rock Hotel
North KZN coast
26-29 Sep

Organiser – Gavin Weiman

49 delegates
10-13 Sep
Cathedral Peak, Drakensberg
1. No more martyrs now – Don Caldwell
2. Personality and Liberty  - Frances Kendall
3. Politics and economics of gambling – Grant Kaplan
4. Big bang, quagmire, vortex and other scenarios – Leon Louw
5. Affirmative action, apartheid and capitalism – Jim Peron
6. Shoot an elephant – save a species – Deborah Vorhies
7. Enviromentalism, the final battlefield – Frank Vorhies
8. Thomas Sowell, conflicting visions and Ayn Rand – Terry Markman
9. Rand vs Hayek – Gavin Weiman
10. Heads down for the depression! – Jim Harris
11. Lets party! Forming, organizing and marketing a libertarian party – Richard Yelland
12. Compulsory delinquency – Symond Fiske
Organiser – Jim Peron, Trevor Watkins, Gavin Weiman

42 delegates
Sparkling Waters?
1. The things people know that ain’t so – Leon Louw
2. Is Libertarianism in SA a lost cause? – Geoff Hemm
3. A Wu Li view of Freedom – Linda Watkins
4. The end of history – Libby Husemeyer
5. Total Economic Activity Levy – An alternative Tax System – Graham Robertson and Bob Shambrook
6. The way through the woods – Symond Fiske
7. Be armed or be damned – Richard Pascoe
8. Science against unreason – Jim Harris
9. Justice and law without the state – Nancy Seijas
10. Education in a non-coercive society – Eustace Davie
11. Taking ecology seriously – Jan Crafford and Steve Chown
12. Errors in Rand’s philosophy – Gavin Weiman
13. Do libertarians believe in a free press – Maureen Sullivan
14. The sexy factor – Frances Kendall
15. A better tax base – Trevor Nell
Organisers -  Gail Day, Velma Gore

Ria Crafford prize awarded for 1st time to Frances Kendall for “The seXY factor”
13-16 Oct
The Nest, Drakensberg
1. Radical thoughts on what people believe and why – Leon Louw
2. It could be better than you think: an analysis of the Bill of Rights – Gavin Weiman
3. Democracy or mobocracy – Gail Daus
4. Copyright – Jim Harris
5. From sound money to funny money – Eustace Davie
6. What’s at the top of the pyramid – Symond Fiske
7. The environment: a few practical hints – Roelof van der Merwe
8. Berton Braley : the bard of business – Linda Abrams
9. The RDP: is it worth it? – Norman Davis
10. Beyond objectivism – Peter Voss
11. Federalism: myth and reality – Gary Moore
12 Population control – Jim Peron
13. Freedom in cyberspace: a trip on the internet – Trevor Watkins
14. Why did the children of Waco have to die? – Peter Arnold
15. In defence of elitism – Velma Gore
16. A case study of terrorism in the meat industry – Nils Dittmer
17. Politicians are as black as they have been painted -  Frances Kendall
18. Deregulation of gambling – Graeme Levin
Organiser – Libby Husemeyer, Theresa Griessel
8-10 Sep
Swiss Farm Excelsior
1. Understandings the …isms – Conservatism, Objectivism, Liberalism, Libertarianism – Leon Louw
2. Stolen property – what limits to restitution – Jim Harris
3. A practical, local Libertaria (Sedgefield) – Trevor Watkins
4. South Africa – economic policy without an economic philosophy (What are the prospects for a capitalist economy in the hands of socialists) – Hugh High
5. Once upon a time there was a virus… the truths, lies and outright fairy tales associated with the AIDS saga – Peter Arnold
6. Libertarians vs Libertines – Symond Fiske
7. A rational approach to the environment – Andrew Kenny
8. Prostitution, feminism and the law – Linda Day
9. The politics of freedom – Frances Kendall
Organiser – Trevor Watkins, Geoff Hemm

Mark Shuttleworth attended this seminar.
Sterkfontein Dam
Eastern Free State
1.  Our new constitution: what went on behind the scenes, results & outlook – Leon Louw
2. To whom should Libertaria belong – Symond Fiske
3. Despite popular opinion, science is an essential component of a free world – Jim Harris & Garth Zietsman
4. Freedom and economic growth – Terry Markman
5. Black Liberalism: a contradiction in terms? Themba Sono
6. The right to self-determination – Johann Enslin
7. Environmentalism as if reality matters – Kelvin Kemm
8. Porn again – Jim Peron

Organiser – Charl Heydenrych

Gail Day
24-27 Sep
Everglades Hotel
Natal midlands
1. Race and ideology in SA – Frances Kendall
2. Fraud vs Caveat Emptor – Jim Harris
3. A constitution for Libertaria – Ron Weissenberg
4. Bill Gates: 3rd millennium robber baron? – Gary Moore
5. Can individualists work as a team? – Theresa Griessel and Clive Barrett
6. Waco – the rules of engagement (movie)
7. Does God exist – Norman Davis
8. The benefits and hazards of religion – Terry Markman
9. Capitalism and Christianity in conflict – Jim Peron
10. Alternative health: Mumbo-jumbo? Gail Daus
11. Libertarians – society’s misfits? Garth Zietsman
12. Reinventing government – Leon van Wyk
13. Whither the new South Afica? – Russell Crystal
14. Child pornography: a victimless crime? – Leon Louw
Organiser – Frances Kendall?

Organiser –
22-25 Sep
Alpine Heath
1. Hitler on the Zambesi - Jim Peron
2. The coming revolution in education - Eustace Davie
3. The game of life - Neil Emerick
4.  Prospects for growth in SA – Jim Harris
5. AIDS—myths and misconceptions  - Leon Louw
6. Reports from the Frontline - Denis Beckett
7. IQ,  sanity, stupidity and madness - Symond Fiske
8. Debate: Can free markets operate on public property? - T Markman, L Louw,  J Harris
9. How can all the doctors be wrong? - Anthony Brink
10. Rhetorical Speaking — How to do it - Corne Bester
11. Taxi-ing towards disaster - Paul Pereira
12. Libertarian primer - Trevor Watkins
13. Black thinking / White thinking -Themba Nolutshungu
14. Lies, damned (anoma)lies and  stats - Garth Zietsman
Organiser – Trevor Watkins

Herringbone band played at Barn dance

Ria Crafford trophy instituted, won by Neil Emerick

Sponsored RAU students from Salsa

61 attendees
Roode Vallei Country Lodge?
Near Pretoria
1. Understanding liberalism – Marc Swanepoel
2. Benevolence and Objectivism – Terry Markman
3. Freewill 3Fdiceman Y2Kgame – Jim Harris
4. Gambling on the internet – Graeme Levin
5. The New SA: Is Atlas shrugging? – Mark Heaton
6. The Bell curve: Does IQ matter? – Garth Zietsman
7. CS Lewis: the problem of subjectivism – Norman Davis
8. Was Objectivism a cult? – Jim Peron
9. Buddhism for Libertarians – Richard Yelland
10. Yoga and nuclear physics – David Sevitz
11. Libertarian scruples – Theresa Griessel & Clive Barratt
12. Gun control debate
Organiser – Gavin Weiman?
26-29 Sep
Golden Gate
Free State
1. The miracle of poverty – Leon Louw
2. I have a dream that one … with the help of Jonathan Gullible – Janette Eldridge
3. Free minds and free markets in a new form for kids – Barry Kayton
4. The trouble with democracy – Garth Zietsman
5. Quality capitalism vs conventional capitalism – Ron Weissenberg
6. Libertarianism Schmibertarianism – Vivian Vermaak
7. People should butt out – liberty in public spaces – Jim Harris
8. Denationalise money – Eustace Davie
9. Ignore victimless crimes and convict real criminals: The facts – Jean Redpath
10. Drug patents, drug activists and access to drugs – Richard Tren
11. Workshop on Nigeria: Applying libertarian ideals to the real world – can it be achieved in Africa? – Therese Griessel
12. Enron et al: the solution – Gary Moore
13. Afro-optimism: Justified? – Kerrin Myres
14. e-Liberty – Neil Emerick
15. Consense: consent and common-sense – Trevor Watkins

Organiser – Gail Day?

Trevor Watkins had surgery during this seminar.

Breakwater Lodge
V&A Waterfront,
Cape Town
1. Principles of good law – Leon Louw
2. Health care: who is responsible? – Louise Botha
3. People make a difference – Nic Marais
4. Introducing Symond Fiske’s Our Principle Problem – Jan Jack
5. The adventures of Jonathan Gullible – A Free Market Odyssey – Janette Eldridge
6. Vox populi, vox diaboli – Geoffrey Wittenberg
7. The long road to equality – Duncan Andrew
8. Growth and transformation – Prof Brian Kantor
9. The tyraany of obsolete political labels – Prof Don Ross
10. How free are we? – Neil Emerick
11. Education, entrepreneurs and freedom – Barry Kayton
12. Nietzche for libertarians – Garth Zietsman
13. The cleanest, safest source of energy: Nuclear power – Andrew Kenny
14. Privatisation: why it applies to everything – Douglas Shaw
15. South Africa: the good news – Ron Weissenberg
16. Constitutional Freedom Foundation / Economic Freedom Movement – Trevor Watkins
Organisers – Barry and Betty Kayton
27-28 Mar
Free Market Foundation
1. Trip to Lindela Detention centre near Krugersdorp – Charl Heydenrych
2. Jonathan Gullible Book Launch & Braai – Amagi ranch - Ken Schoolland
3. The triumph of government! – At keeping citizens poor and elites rich. – Leon Louw
4. Should criminals be punished? – Christian Michel
5. How wrong ideas survive and breed - Dr K Kemm
6. Debate - The War in Iraq – Barun Mitra / Ken Schoolland
7. Why I am not a democrat - I prefer freedom - Christian Michel
8. Changing South Africa – constitutional court, ballot box or diplomacy? - N Davis, M Mokoena
9. The Regulation Explosion.  How laws are ruining our lives - Dougie Shaw
10. Freedom evolves - Dr Jim Harris
11. More people believe in God than in themselves! Why can’t we sell Individual Freedom? -Panel discussion
12. Medical Monopolies - M Swanepoel
13. Individual rights and immigration wrongs – can they be reconciled? - Ken Schoolland
Organiser – Trevor Watkins, Leon Louw

Billed as the 1st SA Individual Freedom Conference

International guest speakers:
Ken Schoolland,
Christian Michel,
Barun Mitra

Golden Gate
Free State
1. The Jonathan Gullible Game – Janette Eldridge
2. The Constitutional Court and Supreme Court face off – Norman Davis
3. Principle Poker – the game – Trevor Watkins
4. The importance of principles – Neil Emerick
5. TAP-minarchy needs a growth-HOE – Jim Harris
6. The common sense of the common law – Gavin Weiman
7. Where’s our broadband? – Neil Emerick
8. Why Anarchy sucks – Richard Yelland
Organiser – Jim Harris
5-8 Oct
Nebo Farm
Eastern Free State

1. A slow, steady decline? – Trevor Watkins
2. Fey on Farming and Freedom – Chris Fey
3. Africa and Other Matters – Doug Shaw
4. 9/11 Conspiracy theories – Norman Davis
5. The effect of Islamism on Western Freedom – Graeme Levin
6. Habits of highly effective countries – Leon Louw
7. Werewolves and Villagers game – Katie Louw
8. The Stakeholders myth – Gary Moore
9. The Welfare state we’re in – Richard Yelland
Organiser – Trevor Watkins
Golden Gate

Golden Gate

FMF offices

G Zietsman, L Louw

No conference held

Cape Town
09:00-09:45 Intro to Libertarianism Neil Emerick
09:45-10:15 Open borders and pacifism as libertarian principles Garth Zietsman
10:15-11:00 Free to fail? Lessons from financial failures Brian Kantor
11:30-12:00 Alternative order of distributed online coordination of law and money Piet le Roux
12:00-12:30 The Scorpions Constitutional Court Case Hugh Glenister
12:30-13:00 Seasteading Julian le Roux
14:15-14:45 Climate Change Andrew Kenny
14:45-15:30 Challenges facing the SA labour market Loane Sharp
16:00-16:20 The Cape Republic and secession from South Africa Jack Miller
16:20-17:20 SaveSA Brainstorming Session EveryoneSaturday
Time Topic Speaker Length (min)
09:00-10:00 A guinea fowl, Karl Marx, and a gravedigger walk into a bar Dawie Roodt
10:00-10:30 Sanction of the victim Gavin Weiman
10:30-11:00 Our experience at FreedomFest 2011 Vega5
11:30-12:30 How human individualism evolved: prehistoric markets drove brain growth, then big brains made collectivism unstable Don Ross
12:30-13:00 The moral case for liberty Garreth Bloor
14:15-14:35 The perils to freedom of scaremongering Ivo Vegter
14:35-15:00 Wealth distribution, equity and equality Stephen van Jaarsveldt
15:00-15:30 The experience of a South African libertarian in Canada Gary Moore
J Le Roux
See program on separate page
T Watkins, R Weissenberg
Prince Albert
See program on separate page
C Bower, T Watkins
Jeffreys Bay
See program on separate page
T Watkins
See program on separate page
F Kendall
Golden Gate

S van Jaarsveldt

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