Andy Eyschen

About Andy Eyschen

Andy Eyschen is a co-founder and director of the Language of Liberty Institute. An Australian citizen, originally from Luxembourg, Andy currently works as a management consultant from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Andy’s special contribution to LLI and the Liberty Camps is his broad experience with consulting, organizational development, and training programs.

Liberty Camps in Malta and Georgia

Following our visit to Bosnia in March 2014, Language of Liberty Institute (LLI) organized Liberty Camps in Malta and Georgia.

Malta Liberty English Camp 2014

Our partner for the Malta camp was Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (FEF) of Poland, founded and run by Jacek Spendel, a former LLI camp participant, from 23rd to 30th of April.

The idea of holding a camp in an “exotic” location like Malta was the brainchild of Jacek, who enticed over 20 students from Poland to fly to Malta and combine a Liberty Camp with a “holiday” in this sunny location. Held at the Bugibba Hotel, 45 minutes by shuttle from the airport, it was a unique experience and the first time a camp had been organized in Malta.

In addition to the students who came with Jacek from Poland, another 20 participants came from a dozen other countries and 4 continents to create a “once in a lifetime” experience! The only “sad” part was that none of the participants was from the host country. Malta needs some enterprising people to start a freedom-oriented movement on this island nation in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

Attendees of the Liberty English Camp in Malta April 23-30, 2014.

Attendees of the Liberty English Camp in Malta April 23-30, 2014.

Highlights of the camp were a one-day sightseeing-tour of the island and relocation from our hotel conference room to Mellieha beach for a full day of “lectures”, another first for an LLI Liberty Camp!

Back at the hotel for the other days, we enjoyed special presentations from a number of international guest speakers, from Poland (Jacek and Michael, an entrepreneur), from Holland (Mart van der Leer, on the EU), from the US (Matthew Tyrmand, a former Wall Street investment banker on investing and the banking system), from Nigeria (Adedeji Akintayo, on the negative effect of grants and foreign aid on Africa), from Hungary (Mate Hajba), from Norway (Thomas Kenworthy) and from Serbia (Todor Papic, on the war on drugs).

We were also privileged to hear four students from the Ukraine give their opinions and perspectives on the current situation in their country.

Thanks to all participants, lecturers, sponsors and friends of Liberty! All in all, a wonderful experience that will long be remembered, and not just for the sunburns.

Liberty Camp Georgia 2014

After Malta, it was off to Georgia for our second Liberty Camp, organized together with Georgian Students for Liberty (GSFL), led by its president Ilia Meshvildishvili.

The camp was split into two parts: the first two days were held at the Agriculture/Free University on the Tbilisi campus and the next three days at the Bazaleti Lake campus, some 45 minutes from the Georgian capital.

We were honoured to have the recently-elected president of European Students for Liberty (ESFL), Lukas Schweiger, with us for most of the week and to hear his presentations on the history, purpose and success of this growing student movement that has taken the world by storm.

Attendees of the Liberty English Camp in Georgia May 8, 2014

Attendees of the Liberty English Camp in Georgia May 8, 2014.

Also, we had Robin Koerner, founder of the Blue Republican movement in the USA and regular contributor to the “Huffington Post”, who gave several lectures on the meaning of money and the history and current functioning of the global financial and banking systems, explaining the role of central and commercial banks, how money is created, and the consequences.

Presentations from LLI Director Andy Eyschen, from GSFL President Ilia Meshvidishvili on the student movement in Georgia, and from a local entrepreneur (and former Liberty Camp participant) David Khosroshvili, completed the program attended by some twenty students from various universities in Georgia.

LLI in Armenia!

Leadership School in Yerevan

On March 12 and 13, the Leadership School founded by Samvel Movsisyan organized 2 events for LLI (in cooperation with Armenian Youth for Liberty founded by Inessa Shahnazarova) at the Congress Hotel in the capital of Armenia, Yerevan. The first was an evening with about a dozen members of the school to show the movie “Call of the Entrepreneur”, followed by a lively discussion on the topic of entrepreneurship and the role it can play in Armenia.

The second event was also at the Congress Hotel in the centre of Yerevan. Featuring Andy and Glenn, who presented an hour each, this event was open to the public. Over 200 people came to hear about entrepreneurship, including social and intellectual entrepreneurship, as well as the meaning of money and highlights of the philosophies of Ayn Rand, Frederic Bastiat and Friedrich Hayek. It was a real pleasure to have several students from past Liberty Camps in the audience and to establish new contacts and friendships. Thanks to Samvel and Inessa for making these events happen!

Liberty Camp Armenia 2013

From 14 to 18 March, our third Liberty Camp in Armenia took place at our usual mountain resort of Tsakhkadzor, the top ski resort in Armenia, some 60km north of Yerevan.

This year, the Liberty Camp was a joint venture of LLI, Friedrich Naumann Foundation (South Caucasus), and Armenian Youth for Liberty. Some 29 students from Georgia and Armenia attended the camp at a conference center owned by Yerevan University. The weather over the 4-day period varied from bright blue skies to rain and, on the last night, to heavy snow with temperatures averaging around 2 degrees C. Perfect weather for an indoor camp!

The program featured our usual lectures on classical liberal philosophy, including John Locke, Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, Ayn Rand, Frederic Bastiat, and F.A. Hayek, free market economics, entrepreneurship, as well as a comparison of European versus American political systems given by Yasemin Pamuk from FNF, an exercise in giving an “elevator pitch” of your idea to a potential sponsor or investor, led by Inessa, and a lecture on the morality of capitalism in an Armenian context, given by Vahagn Khachaturyan, a former mayor of Yerevan.

We also watched “Call of the Entrepreneur” and a Stossel video together, had debates on the role of the state in the areas of law, justice and police, and made a visit to a nearby monastery, in which we happened to witness an Armenian wedding that had just started.

All in all, a great 4 days, making new friends and meeting up with old ones, one of the highlights of each and every Liberty Camp! Thanks to all participants and organizers for making this another successful and memorable event spreading the ideas of liberty all around the world!

Our First Liberty Camp in America

In early February 2013, LLI had the privilege to conduct its first Liberty Camp in America: in beautiful, sunny Miami (when the rest of America was shivering) at the University of Miami, Coral Gables Campus. This event was organized by The Cuba Corps (TCC), an organization dedicated to the cause of a free Cuba, and offering humanitarian support to groups already working for a civil society in Cuba. TCC, supported by The Atlas Society, did a great job organizing this seminar at Casa Bacardi, the official home of the Institute of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS), led by Dr. José Azel, author of Mañana in Cuba.

The participants at the seminar were a mix of recent arrivals from Cuba, some of whom had been in jail as political prisoners, less than 12 months ago, and representatives of the Cuban-American population in Miami, Florida. Hearing the philosophical basis for the concept of individual freedom for the first time, many of the recent arrivals from Cuba, born and brought up after Castro’s 1959 revolution, were astonished that there has been an established philosophical framework for freedom for several centuries already. When you are living in a society that consistently denigrates the idea of individual liberty, it is easy to think that you are not “normal” for wanting to express your individuality and your desire to live your life as you please and not as the State pleases.

For the LLI presenters, including Jaroslav Romanchuk from Belarus, still suffering under a current dictatorship, and Jacek Spendel from Poland, itself freed from communism less than 25 years ago, it was deeply rewarding to share the good news of individual liberty, free enterprise, free markets, and entrepreneurship with people who have suffered so much in this so-called Caribbean “paradise” of Castro and communism. LLI fully supports the vision of The Cuba Corps to establish a civil society in a Free Cuba and wishes them every success!