Record of Proceedings:

Saturday 19 November - Sunday 20 November, 2005

Saturday:                         10.00am-6.00pm
Saturday - Banquet:         8.00pm-11.00pm
Sunday:                           10.00am-7.00pm

The National Liberal Club
Whitehall Place
London SW1A 2HE


Dr Chris R. Tame made his last public appearance at this conference. Here is some miscellaneous footage of him over the weekend.

Saturday the 19th November 2005

9:30am-10:00am – Arrival
10:00am – 11:00am - Sacha Kumaria - “Think Tanks and the Movement for Liberty" (Chairman: Dr Tim Evans)
11:00am-12:00am – Free Time
12:00am-1:00pm - Dr. Ben Cosin - “National Health Socialism: A Critique" (Chairman: Dr Sean Gabb)
1:00pm-2:00pm – Lunch
2:00pm-3:00pm -  Dr. Syed Kamall MEP - “The Dilemmas of a Free Trade Liberal in the European Parliament" (Chairman: Dr Sean Gabb) Full video record here
3:00pm-4:00pm – Free Time
4:00pm-5:00pm - Mattias Bengtsson - “Statism: The Swedish Model and Its Lessons" (Chairman: Leon Louw)
5:00pm-6:00pm - Dr. Richard Ebeling - “Austrian School Economics and the Political Economy of Freedom" (Chairman: Dr Chris Tame) Full video record here.

8:00pm-11:00pm – Banquet (Guest of Honour: Stephen Pollard) Full video record here

The presentation of the Libertarian Alliance's “Liberty Awards" for 2005. Liberty Award Winners Speeches (NB. Dr. Chris Sciabarra by video)

The Annual Liberty Awards:

·          Liberty in Theory - Lifetime Award: Dr. Richard Ebeling
          Liberty in Theory - Lifetime Award: Prof. Norman Barry
          Liberty in Practice - Lifetime Award: Sir Alfred Sherman
          The First International Ayn Rand Award: Dr. Chris Sciabarra
           The ISIL Award to Dr Chris R. Tame
          The Chris R. Tame Appreciation Essay Award

Sunday the 20th November 2005

9:30am-10:00am – Arrival
10:00am – 11:00am - Prof. Gabriel Calzada - “The Privatisation of Defence" (Chairman: Christian Michel) - Not Recorded
11:00am-12:00am – Free Time
12:00am-1:00pm – Dr Sean  Gabb – “Cultural Revolution: Culture War" (Chairman: Dr Chris R. Tame) Full video record here
1:00pm-2:00pm – Lunch
2:00pm-3:00pm - Prof. Frank Van Dunn - “Personal Freedom, Corporate Liberties: An Uneasy Mix"  (Chairman: Hubert Jongen) Full video record here
3:00pm-4:00pm – Free Time
4:00-5:00pm - Professor. Julian Morris - “Environmental Problems: Myths and Reality" (Chairman: David Carr) Full video record here
5:00pm-6:00pm - William Thomas - “Ayn Rand and the Values of Liberty" (Chairman: Dr Chris Tame) Full video record here
6:00pm-7:00pm - Christian Michel - “Mafiosi and Oligarchs: Russia under Putin"  (Chairman: Sean Gabb) - Not Recorded

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About The Speakers:

Mattias Bengsston is President of the Centre for the New Europe (, the Brussels-based free market think tank and former Director of Timbro, the Swedish free market institute, former Chairman of the Swedish branch of the European Democrat Students, and before that the leader writer, columnist and deputy political editor-in-chief at Svenska Dagbladet, a Swedish conservative daily newspaper. He is the co-editor, with Johan Norberg of Frihetens Klassiker, an anthology of libertarian thought. 

Prof. Gabriel Calzada is Associate Professor of Economics at the King Juan Carlos University in Spain and Founder-President of the libertarian think tank Instituto Juan de Mariana. He is also Vice-Director of the Austrian School-oriented scholarly Procesos de Mercado. He has been a Rowley Fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and is currently a Fellow of the Centre for the New Europe. He is a frequent broadcaster on television and has written extensively for such publications as Libertad Digital, Spanish Herald, Expansion, Mises Daily, The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Procesos de Mercados, La Ilustracion Liberal, and Canarias Liberal

Ben Cosin was formerly Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Education, The Open University. He has contributed to such journals as Theoretical Practice, Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior, Economy and Society and Fabian Review, and is the author of such papers as "Critical Empiricism Criticized: The Case of Freud" and "Structures without Politics". He is also editor of a number of works, including Diversity and Change: Education, Policy and Selection, Education, Policy and Society: Theoretical Perspectives, School and Society: A Sociological Reader, and School, Work and Equality: A Reader. He was Secretary of Hampstead and Highgate Labour Party from 1995 to 2004 and describes himself as a "habitual renegade". 

Professor Frank Van Dunn is Professor of Philosophy of Law at the University of Gwent, Belgium. He has published extensively in many languages on the philosophy of law, logic, political theory, economics, the history of ideas, and the philosophy of human rights. The Libertarian Alliance has published his Authoritarian and Libertarian Views of Society and his essays "Natural Law and the Jurisprudence of Freedom", "Against Libertarian Legalism", "Human Dignity: Reason or Desire?", "Natural Rights versus Human Rights", and "Natural Law, Liberalism and Christianity" have been published in the The Journal of Libertarian Studies. His important critique of limited liability and the corporation, "Is the Corporation a Free Market Institution?" was published in The Freeman ( and his essay "Philosophical States and the Illusions of Citizenship: Reflections on the Neutral State"  in the book Hayek Revisited.

Dr. Richard Ebeling is President of the Foundation for Economic Education (, the world's pioneer free market think tank, having formerly held the Ludwig von Mises Professorship in Economics at Hillsdale College and served as vice president of academic affairs for The Future of Freedom Foundation. One of the world's leading authorities in Austrian School economics he is the author of Austrian Economics and the Political Economy of Freedom and the forthcoming Monetary Central Planning and the State and Ludwig von Mises: An Intellectual Biography. He has also edited the lost papers of Ludwig von Mises in three volumes as Selected Writings of Ludwig von Mises, and as well as three other volumes of previously unpublished lectures by Von Mises: Money, Inflation, and the Market Order, Marxism Unmasked: From Delusion to Destruction, and The Free Market and Its Enemies.  He is also the editor of 21 other volumes, including Economic Theories and Controversies, Liberty, Security and the War on Terrorism, Free Markets or Bureaucracy?: Economic Problem-Solving in the 21st Century, Globalization: Will Freedom or World Government Dominate the International Marketplace?, Competition or Compulsion: Free Markets vs. the New Social Engineering, Human Action: A 50-Year Tribute, The Age of Economists: Adam Smith to Milton Friedman, The Tyranny of Gun Control, Between Power and Liberty: Economics and the Law, The Future of American Business, The Failure of America's Foreign Wars, American Perestroika: The Demise of the Welfare State, Disaster in Red: The Failure and Collapse of Socialism, Economic Education: What Should We Learn About the Free Market?, The Case for Free Trade and Open Immigration, Can Capitalism Cope?: Free Market Reform in the Post-Communist World, The Dangers of Socialized Medicine, Global Free Trade: Reality or Rhetoric?, The Global Failure of Socialism, Austrian Economics: A Reader, Austrian Economics: Perspectives on the Past and Prospects for the Future. He is also the author of nearly 500 scholarly papers, articles and book reviews, appearing both in books and in such journals as The Freeman, Freedom Daily, La Prensa, The European Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Austrian Economics Newsletter, Human Events, The  American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Imprimis, Liberty, The International Journal of World Peace, The Free Market, World Capitalism Review, Market Process, Critical Review, Humane Studies Review, Policy Report, Libertarian Forum, and Libertarian Review. He has lectured extensively throughout the world and consulted with the government of Lithuania and with members of the Russian Parliament in Moscow on free market reform and privatization of the socialist economy. He was in Moscow in August 1991 during the failed coup-attempt and was at the barricades with the defenders of freedom at the Russian Parliament. With his wife Dr. Anna Ebeling he uncovered the "lost papers" Ludwig von Mises, looted by the Nazis, captured by the Soviet Army at the end of the Second World War, and hidden in a secret archive in Moscow. Dr. Ebeling is this year's recipient of the Libertarian Alliance/Libertarian International Liberty Lifetime Award for Liberty in Theory. Some of his writings can be found at:

Dr. Sean Gabb is Director of Communications of the Libertarian Alliance, Editor of its journal, Free Life, and of its ezine, Free Life Commentary, as well as being a university lecturer in Britain and overseas. He has made hundreds of media appearances on behalf of the Libertarian Alliance and is the author of numerous books and monographs for both the Libertarian Alliance and Hampden Press, including Sado-Masochism and the Law: Consent versus Paternalism, What To Do About AIDS, Putting the Case Against Gun Control, Gun Control in Britain, A Libertarian Conservative Case Against Identity Cards, Liberty Versus Liberalism, The Case Against Sex Censorship: A Conservative View, The Full Coercive Apparatus of a Police State: Thoughts on the Dark Side of the Thatcher Decade, Despatches From a Dying Country: Reflections on Modern England, War and the National Interest: Arguments for a British Foreign Policy, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: The True Battle for Britain, Smoking, Class and the Legitimation of Power and (with Chris Tame) Freedom and Broadcasting. His writings have also been published by the Social Affairs Unit, the Independent Healthcare Association, the Adam Smith Institute, FOREST, The Salisbury Review, The Freeman, and The Times, and he was the author of an official government report on truancy in state schools. He was also the founder of the successful euro-sceptic campaigning website "Candidlist" which created havoc for unprincipled and evasive Conservative Party candidates and enabled constituencies to exercise informed democratic choice. For this audacity, and for embarrassing its slimy friends, he was labelled a "terrorist" by the Quisling Rightist newspaper The Daily Telegraph. Sean's publications can be found at:

Dr. Syed Kamall is a Conservative Member of the European Parliament for London. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Leeds University Business School where he has lectured MBA students in international business and strategy and supervised doctoral students' research. He has written a number of articles on the international strategies of firms and foreign investment. He is also co-founder of the Global Business Research Institute (GBRI;, an educational body conducting outreach to business executives, journalists and civil servants, promoting a greater understanding of globalisation and its consequences.  

In 1996, Syed completed a book on EU telecommunications policy, Telecommunications, and has written on multinational business and telecommunications policy for such books as Management in China: The Experience of Foreign Businesses, Trade and Investment in China: The European Experience, Political and Economic Relations Between Asia and Europe: New Challenges in Economics and Management, and in such journals as Management International Review and Transnational Corporations.

Sacha Kumaria is Director of Programmes at the Stockholm Network (, a "one-stop shop for organisations seeking to work with Europe's brightest policymakers and thinkers, with a unique network of 130 market-oriented think tanks in Europe and worldwide".  He is Editor of the quarterly newsletter Eye on Europe and author of The State of the Union, a report on market reform within the European Union.

Christian Michel is the former owner of one of Europe's largest trust and corporate service companies and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Libertarian International and of the Committee of the Libertarian Alliance. He is also the author such books as La Liberte, Deux ou Trois Choses Que Je Sais D'elle and of many monographs for the Libertarian Alliance, including Restitution: Justice in a Stateless Society, The Class Struggle Is Not Over, Capitalism and the Wisdom of the Elders, and The End of the Warrior. A French national, he currently lives in London. His personal website is:

Dr. Julian Morris is Director of the International Policy Network (IPN) (, based in London, which "aims to empower individuals and promote respect for people and property in order to eliminate poverty, improve human health and protect the environment". He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Buckingham. He holds degrees in economics and law and is the author or editor of many papers and books, including Environment and Health: Myths and Realities, Development: Promoting Progress or Perpetuating Poverty and Climate Change: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom, Ideal Matter: Globalisation and the Intellectual Property Debate.  His articles have also appeared in a wide range of newspapers and journals, including The Financial Times, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Australian, The Wall Street Journal Europe, Economic Times (India), Business Day (South Africa), Nature, and Toxicology.  Prior to founding IPN, he was Director of the Environment and Technology Programme at the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Stephen Pollard was recently described by the BBC as "Britain's most prolific columnist", has been called a "Labour guru" on the front page of The Sunday Times, and is, according to The Guardian, the man who showed Tony Blair how to reform the NHS - an accusation for which he made the paper make a grovelling apology. He is a political columnist who writes for most British newspapers, and regularly in The Times, The Sunday Telegraph and The Wall Street Journal Europe. He is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for the New Europe, where he heads the health policy programme, and at Civitas: The Institute for the Study of Civil Society. His biography of the former Home Secretary, David Blunkett, was published in 2004, and received much press attention. From 1998-2000 he was a columnist and Chief Leader Writer on The Daily Express; from 1995-98 he was Head of Research at the Social Market Foundation; and from 1992-95 Research Director at the Fabian Society. He is co-author, with Andrew Adonis, of the best-selling A Class Act: The Myth of Britain's Classless Society, and is also the author of numerous pamphlets and monographs, including The Market and Clause IV, Towards a More Cooperative Society: Ideas on the Future of the British Labour Movement and Independent Health Care, A Question of Choice: Public Priorities for Health Care, Schools, Selection and the Left, and Israel, America and the Jews of the European Union. His personal website is:

William Thomas is Director of Programmes at The Objectivist Centre (, in the USA, formerly having lectured at Universities in America, Indonesia and conducted research under the auspices of the People's University of China! He is the author of Radical For Capitalism, co-author of The Logical Structure of Objectivism, and editor of The Literary Art of Ayn Rand. A number of his essays can be found at:


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