Speaking the Language of Liberty

To anyone who has not lived in a cage in recent years, it is clear that libertarianism is gathering momentum and becoming more mainstream. Consequently, those of us who care about liberty should expect to get many questions from “outsiders” about what we stand for. Plenty of misconceptions and objections will need to be addressed as well as questions to be answered. Attending a Liberty Camp organized by the Language of Liberty Institute (LLI) can give you the arrows you’ll need in your quiver to do just that.

Attendees at last week’s Liberty English Camp on the Mediterranean island of Malta can attest to its benefits. Nearly fifty students of thirteen nationalities produced a larger than usual turnout for a Liberty Camp. They learned a lot from many different speakers about why liberty matters, the origin of rights, the war on drugs, seasteading, the difference between real and crony capitalism (from a Wall Street insider, no less), why Estonia attracts a lot of foreign investment, starting the revolution, the European Union, and how to set up an independent Civil Society Organization (CSO). In addition, we were entertained by movies and documentaries, not to mention social events and a talent show to top it all off!

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

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

Liberty Camps are generally held in the countryside of developing nations all over the world, so the small island of Malta provided a slightly different experience. Compared to most seminars or conferences, though, the common denominator for all LLI events is their informal nature; the speakers lead discussion groups and workshop sessions, and blend in with the others during all social events. Along with stimulating English conversation, this is what makes Liberty Camps uniquely suitable for those who are new to the ideas of liberty. After all, how often does one get the chance to hang out with and ask questions of a speaker at a conference or seminar?

I was invited to present the case against the European Union, to which I added strategies for avoiding the statist paradigm in many different areas. (Look for more about that in the coming weeks here). It was the first time I was able to attend a Liberty Camp, and as you can probably tell from the above, I was thoroughly impressed. I’m sure I will attend many more in the future and I will be happy to share my experiences with you here.

The Language of Liberty Institute’s schedule for this year features events in South America, Eastern Europe, Africa, and possibly India. For more information, be sure to visit their website, give the Facebook page a like, and follow LLI on Twitter. There might very well be a Liberty Camp near you this year – or  perhaps you feel inspired to help organize one in your city or country!

All that remains for me to say is a big thanks to the organizers of the Liberty English Camp in Malta for doing a great job making everything run so smoothly, and to all the attendees for their participation. Your enthusiasm made for an incredibly enriching and memorable Malta Liberty Camp!

[FULL DISCLOSURE: I was not compensated for writing this article and singing the praises of the Language of Liberty Institute or the Liberty Camps. This is my genuine opinion I wanted to share with you for informational purposes and for your enjoyment.]

This article first appeared on The Raw Report.

Mart van der Leer About Mart van der Leer

Mart van der Leer is an International Business graduate (B.B.A.) from The Netherlands. He's an advocate for voluntaryism and the Austrian School of Economics. Follow him on Twitter at @the_raw_report and visit his website The Raw Report.