CALIFORNIA LIBERTARIAN PARTY

CONVENTION 2017

April 28-30, 2017

at the Santa Clara Marriott

Santa Clara, California

Speakers

Saturday

9:00 AM Richard Fields
10:00 AM Edward Hasbrouck
11:00 AM Maggie McNeil
12:00 PM Eric Garris – Lunch
1:30 PM Zoltan Istvan
2:30 PM Dave Schrader
3:30 PM Janine DeRose
4:30 PM Elected Officials Panel:
Jeff Hewitt
Kent Fowler
Susan Marie Weber
7:00 PM Banquet – Chris Rufer, Patrick Byrne

 

Sunday

10:00 AM Matt Kibbe
11:00 AM Charles Olson
12:00 PM David Friedman – Lunch
1:30 PM Arvin Vohra
2:30 PM Keith McHenry
3:30 PM Aaron Starr

Aaron Starr

Time: Sunday, 3:30 PM

Aaron is a past Chair of the Libertarian Party of California and the former Treasurer of the Libertarian National Committee. Aaron Starr ran for Oxnard City Council in Ventura County this last year in a close race.   He is a successful business leader and the Founder and President of Moving Oxnard Forward, a local community organization dedicated to improving our city’s economy and quality of life.

 

Arvin Vohra, Vice-Chair, Libertarian National Committee

Talk: “Who’s Driving”

Time: Sunday, 1:30 PM

Arvin Vohra is currently the Vice-Chair for the National Libertarian Party and he wants to personally thank YOU for your support. Flying in from the east coast; he is thrilled to have the opportunity to address the presidential campaign volunteers and supporters as he has been one of the primary leaders working to fortify the Libertarian volunteers and activists.

@arvinvohra

 

Baron Bruno

Master of Ceremonies

Friday Reception

Saturday Banquet

 

Charles Olson

Talk: Who is Yertle?

Time: Sunday, 11:00 AM

Charles Olson has been active in the Libertarian Movement since the late 1970’s.  He has run as a Libertarian for CA State Assembly, State Senate, and three times for U.S. Congress.  Charles is also known for giving speeches based upon Dr. Seuss books.  His speech “Who is the Lorax?” was a defense of free-market environmentalism.  His speech “Who are the Sneetches?” was a defense of liberty and free choice as the best means of reducing discrimination.  His latest talk, entitled “Who is Yertle?”, is subtitled: “Where Dr. Seuss meets Thomas Jefferson and Mark Twain”; it is subsubtitled: “A Reclamation of Independence”.

 

Chris Rufer

Time: Saturday Banquet, 7:15 PM

 

David Friedman

Talk: What Is Feud Law?

Time: Sunday Lunch, 12:30 PM

David Director Friedman is an American economist, physicist, legal scholar, and libertarian theorist. He is known for his textbook writings on microeconomics and the libertarian theory of anarcho-capitalism, which is the subject of his most popular book, The Machinery of Freedom. Besides The Machinery of Freedom, he has authored several other books and articles, including Price Theory: An Intermediate Text (1986), Law’s Order: What Economics Has to Do with Law and Why It Matters (2000), Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life (1996), and Future Imperfect (2008)

He is currently writing project is a book on legal systems very different from ours, covering systems that range from Imperial China and Periclean Athens to modern Amish and Romani. One of the things that has become clear in writing it is the existence of a form of legal system that is private, decentralized, and historically common, a system he refers to as “feud law.” Its essential logic is that if you wrong me I threaten to harm you unless you compensate me for the wrong.

http://www.daviddfriedman.com/

 

Dave Schrader

Talk: Marketing 101

Time: Saturday, 12:30 PM

 

Edward Hasbrouck

Talk: Freedom of Movement

Sunday: 10:00 AM

 

Edward Hasbrouck, “The Practical Nomad”, is an author, journalist, blogger, consumer advocate, and travel expert.  In 1980, when registration for the draft was reinstituted, he refused to register. Hasbrouck worked with the National Resistance Committee and affiliated local organizations. In June 1983, he was put on probation because of his draft refusal and sentenced to 1,000 hours of community service. This sentence was revoked in November 1983 in favor of a six month prison term, which Hasbrouck served at the federal prison camp in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, from November 1983 to April 1984. 

hasbrouck.org

@ehasbrouck

 

Eric Garris

Time: Saturday, Lunch 12:30 PM

Eric is an activist in the Libertarian movement in the United States.  He is the founding webmaster of two prominent libertarian websites, Antiwar.com and LewRockwell.com.  Garris has run for Assembly, State Senate, and Congress.
@Antiwarcom

 

Elected Officials

Talk: Elected Officials Pen

Time: Saturday, 4:30 PM

Jeff Hewitt

Jeff Hewitt took over as Mayor of Calimesa by a unanimous vote in 2015 and continues to serve his community in this role. Prior to that, Hewitt sat on the Calimesa city council since 2010. He has also made runs for State Senate district 23 prior to that.

Kent Fowler 

Ken serves on the board of directors for the Feather River Recreation & Park District.  He is also a a business owner and a docent for the Feather River Nature Center.  He has served as President, Vice President, Chairman and member in various civic groups and fraternal organizations such as Native Sons of the Golden West, Oroville Masonic Lodge, Chamber of Commerce, Butte Co. Historical Society, OEDCO, Butte Co General Plan and the Feather River Nature Center.

Susan Marie Weber 

Susan Marie Weber serves on the Palm desert City Council 

Susan Marie was a Board Member of the Palm Desert High School Foundation from 1987 to 1994. She is also a past board member of Soroptimists International, NAWBO, Friends of the Indio Senior Center and Rotary Club of Palm Desert. Susan Marie has a long history of involvement with the Coachella Valley business community dating back to 1972 when she was co-owner of the Corvina Marina, a recreational business on the Salton Sea. In 2000, Susan Marie was part of a committee that put together National Constitution Day, to educate the public, especially children, about the United States Constitution.

 

Janine DeRose

Time: Saturday, 3:30 PM

While largely politically minded, Janine’s most recent efforts have been geared towards nonprofit work focused on cultural changes that will bring light to the connection between how we behave in our personal lives and what behaviors we accept from and expect from our political leaders.

She is a colleague with the Foundation for Harmony and Prosperity (a nonprofit organization assembled to persuade people to act in concert with social principles that advance human happiness, harmony and prosperity), and the Executive Director for the Libertarian Party of Sacramento County (a well-rounded, county-wide political party organization rooted in the Libertarian philosophy) as well as The Libertarian Party of California.

She is passionate about working through communities in order to change the culture of local government and beyond.

 

Keith McHenry

Time: Sunday, 2:30 PM

 

Maggie McNeil

Time: Saturday, 11:00 AM

 

Matt Kibbe, President and Chief Community Organizer of Free the People

Time: Sunday, 9:15 AM

Matt Kibbe is a leading advocate for personal, civil and economic liberties. An economist by training, he is a public policy expert, bestselling author and political commentator. He served as Senior Advisor to Concerned American Voters, a Rand Paul Super PAC. He is also Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Austrian Economic Center in Vienna, Austria.  Kibbe’s Free the People made a vigorous effort to help third party candidates gain access to the presidential debates in 2016. He was also part of Our America Initiative’s 2016 Liberty Tour, “visiting college campuses and other venues across America to raise awareness about third party inclusion in national presidential debates.”

Matt Kibbe and his efforts with Balanced Rebellion were behind the “Dead Abe Lincoln” Gary Johnson support video. The video, promoted on Facebook by AlternativePAC at an initial cost of $330,000, soon went viral, with 9 million views by August 9, 2016, and 17.3 million views by September 7, 2016. BalancedRebellion.com came up with a system that allows Republicans and Democrats who mutually hate their candidates come together to vote for Johnson, and balance out the scales so that neither party gets the benefit of a lopsided vote.

@mkibbe

@FreethePeople 

@AlternativePAC

 

Nicolas Wildstar, 2018 California Governor Candidate 

Time: Friday Night Reception, 8:30 PM 
Nickolas Wildstar has transitioned his desire to make a change in the world from being the musician known as QBall to becoming the human rights activist Governor Wildstar to pursue this change through politics. As the first independent governor of California Governor Wildstar will have the opportunity to establish the foundation for a world free of poverty, conflict, and scarcity as WE THE PEOPLE have been demanding. Be sure to become part of this monumental opportunity to establish a true republic in this great democracy 

http://governorwildstar.com/

@governorwildstar

 

Patrick Byrne, Overstock.com

Time: Saturday Banquet, 8:30 PM

In 1999, Patrick M. Byrne launched Overstock.com, which achieved its first profitable quarter in 2002, and its first full year of profitability in 2009. In 2016, Overstock.com had revenues of $1.8 billion in its seventh out of eight straight years of profitability.

An enthusiast of Bitcoin and against Net Neutrality; Patrick has been one of the most gracious Libertarian party supporters and advocates. Patrick was one of the primary backers to the documentary Rigged 2016 which helped expose the corruption behind the presidential election and debate process that is now being addressed on a federal level. 

@overstockCEO

 

Richard Fields, Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF)

Talk: Property Rights

Time: Saturday Keynote, 9:00 AM

Richard, with the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) is responsible for thanking our donors for their support and encouraging even greater donor support for Pacific Legal Foundation’s goal of restoring and enhancing private property rights and other individual rights as enumerated in the Bill of Rights.

Before joining PLF in 2006 he was in the media business, including owning and operating radio stations, radio announcing and selling advertising. His avocations include hosting “The Libertarian Counterpoint” a 30 minute cable TV program in Sacramento and on the web at www.accesssacramento.org discussing the issues of the day. He also climbs mountains.

 

Zoltan Istvan – 2018 California Governor Candidate 

Time: Friday Night Reception, 8:30 PM

Time: Sunday, 1:30 PM

Zoltan Istvan is a futurist, author of bestselling philosophical novel “The Transhumanist Wager,” and the 2016 US Presidential candidate of the Transhumanist Party. He’s a former journalist with the National Geographic Channel and now writes for numerous sites, including Vice Motherboard, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, and The Huffington Post. Zoltan recently traveled across the country on his coffin-shaped Immortality Bus to deliver the newly written Transhumanist Bill of Rights to the US Capitol. He’s also the inventor of volcano boarding. A graduate of Columbia University, Zoltan lives with his wife and daughters in San Francisco.

www.zoltanistvan.com

@zoltan_istvan