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FREEDOM SUMMIT in New Hampshire
Previous Speakers in 2005

Katherine Albrecht 090225katherinealbrecht

Katherine Albrecht is the director of Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering (CASPIAN), an organization she founded in 1999 to advocate free-market, consumer-based solutions to the problem of retail privacy invasion.

Ms. Albrecht is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on consumer privacy. She regularly speaks on the consumer privacy and civil liberties impacts of new technologies, with an emphasis on RFID and retail issues. She has testified on RFID technology before the Federal Trade Commission, the California state legislature, the European Commission, and the Federal Reserve Bank, and she has given over a thousand television, radio and print interviews to news outlets all over the world. Her efforts have been featured on CNN, NPR, the CBS Evening News, Business Week, and the London Times, to name just a few.

Executive Technology Magazine recently called Katherine “perhaps the country’s single most vocal privacy advocate” and Wired magazine calls her the “Erin Brockovich” of RFID. A recent quote in the Montreal Gazette compared Katherine’s consumer work to that of Ralph Nader. Her success exposing corporate misdeeds has earned her accolades from Advertising Age and Business Week and caused pundits to label her a PR genius.

Katherine is a highly sought-after public speaker, informing audiences across Europe and North America with her well-researched, compelling, and often chilling accounts of how retail surveillance technology threatens our privacy. She is a frequent guest on radio programs worldwide, logging over 400 hours of airtime with her proven ability to entertain an audience and generate listener calls.

Katherine graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in International Marketing, and holds a master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Harvard University. She is currently completing her Doctorate in Education at Harvard where her research focus is consumer education, privacy and psychology.

bios_jxbJames Bovard

James Bovard, a policy advisor for The Future of Freedom Foundation, is a frequent contributor to Playboy, American Spectator, and Investor’s Business Daily. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Reader’s Digest, New Republic, Washington Post, Washington Times, and Newsweek.

Mr. Bovard is the author of five books: Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty, The Fair Trade Fraud, The Farm Fiasco, Shakedown: How the State Screws You from A to Z, Freedom in Chains: The Rise of the State & The Demise of the Citizen, and Feeling Your Pain: The Explosion and Abuse of Power under Clinton-Gore, most of which can be purchased at Laissez-Faire Books and Amazon.com.

He was the 1995 co-recipient of the Thomas Szasz Award for Civil Liberties work, awarded by the Center for Independent Thought, and the recipient of the 1996 Freedom Fund Award from the Firearms Civil Rights Defense Fund of the National Rifle Association. His book Lost Rights received the Mencken Award as Book of the Year from the Free Press Association.

Since the Clinton administration took office, Mr. Bovard’s writings have been publicly denounced by FBI Director Louis Freeh, HUD director Henry Cisneros, Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, the White House AIDS czar, former IRS commissioner Shirley Peterson, and the chiefs of the U.S. International Trade Commission, Equal Opportunity Commission, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The National Treasury Employees Union and the American Postal Workers Union have also added their condemnations.

A Wall Street Journal review of Freedom in Chains declared: “James Bovard has become the roving inspector general of the modern State… Never has so much theoretical error and concrete folly been collected and juxtaposed so well under a single cover. Mr. Bovard consistently illuminates the connection between faulty political ideals and specific policy disasters.” The Orlando Sentinel wrote: “James Bovard, the American government’s most unfavorite journalist, has done all who value liberty a great service. He has meticulously documented freedom’s demise in America and set it all in its proper philosophical framework. National Review declared: “Freedom in Chains… offers a principled and often eloquent vision of the minimalist state. There is an integrity to it, and it is always refreshing to find a man who takes his freedom straight.” The Orange County Register labeled the book “a modern-day libertarian classic.”

Mr. Bovard’s 1994 book, Lost Rights, continues to stir controversy. The Wall Street Journal said of the book: “Remarkable… astonishingly broad… excellent… Mr. Bovard’s unrivaled research has resulted in a virtual encyclopedia of modern government abuse.”

Mr. Bovard has been a regular contributor to FFF’s monthly journal, Freedom Daily, since 1996 and has delivered lectures at many FFF events.

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Nathaniel Branden is a psychotherapist, a corporate consultant, a lecturer, and the author of 20 books, including The Six Pillars of Self Esteem, My Years With Ayn Rand, Taking Responsibility, and The Art of Living Consciously. He helped launch Objectivism as a philosophical movement with his 20-lecture course entitled “Basic Principles of Objectivism” at the Nathaniel Branden Institute in New York City in 1958. At that time he was Ayn Rand’s close associate. After their falling out he continued his work as a psychotherapist and lecturer, and became a leading spokesman for the self-esteem movement in psychology.

Don Gorman

Don is a former legislator in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving four terms. From 1992 to 1996 he was the Libertarian leader of the House. Gorman won his biggest legislative victory in June 1996, when a law he sponsored ended unconstitutional random drunk-driving roadblocks in New Hampshire. In 2000, he ran for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for President.

Don currently serves on the Deerfield school board (winning re-election in 2005) and zoning board (where he was Chairman for nine years), and is a trustee of Deerfield’s trust funds.

Since 2000, Don has been running a “Campaign School for Winners” across the country, most recently celebrating three wins of students from his latest class in January. Don believes to build the strongest possible foundation for liberty we must elect pro-liberty representatives who can vote to change public policy, at every level.

Don brings years of real-world political experience to the fight for liberty, with proven results. He is now taking a major role mentoring others on how to work for freedom and win elective office in New Hampshire. Don is leading the way through the NH Liberty Alliance, which he helped found, and currently serves as the Director of Political Action.

Representative Ron Paulron_paul_photo_4

Ron Paul enjoys a national reputation as the premier advocate for liberty in politics today. First elected to Congress in 1976, Dr. Paul (OB-GYN) is the leading spokesman in Washington for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free m arkets, and a return to sound monetary policies based on commodity-backed currency. He is known among both his colleagues in Congress and his constituents for his consistent voting record in the House of Representatives: Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution. To his more expansionist colleagues, he is (proudly) known as “Dr. No.” In the words of former Treasury Secretary William Simon, Dr. Paul is the “one exception to the Gang of 535” on Capitol Hill.

For years, various advocacy groups for limited constitutional government have been agitating to draft Ron Paul for president. Ironically, in 1988 when Ron Paul actually ran for president as the Libertarian Party candidate, millions of these same advocates (afraid of “wasting their vote”) elected George Bush instead and have been kicking themselves ever since.

Psychology-1_clip_image002_0012Sharon Presley

Sharon Presley is the co-founder and former co-proprietor of Laissez Faire Books, the world’s largest libertarian bookstore. She is the founder and Executive Director of Resources for Independent Thinking, a nonprofit educational organization, and the National Coordinator of the Association of Libertarian Feminists.

She has written and spoken extensively about libertarian and anarchist feminism as well as resistance to authority. Combining these interests, she has also written and spoken on female anti-authoritarians and is beginning a book on that topic. She has co-edited an anthology of the works of 19th and early 20th century anarchist feminist and anti-authoritarian Voltairine de Cleyre, entitled Exquisite Rebel, to be published in December 2004 by SUNY Press.

Sharon’s Ph.D. in social psychology is from the City University of New York Graduate Center where her mentor was Stanley Milgram, author of the classic study, Obedience to Authority. She now teaches psychology at California State University, Hayward. She is currently working on a practical book on dealing with authority, tentatively entitled Standing Up to Authorities: How to Stop Authorities and Experts from Bullying, Intimidating, Abusing and Manipulating You.

Amanda Phillips

Amanda Phillips is the president of the Free State Project, a project to concentrate freedom-minded people in a political region where they can have a voice. A resident of Burlington, Massachusetts, Amanda is an accountant, manager, teacher, and single mother to Elaine, a rockin’ seven-year-old girl. In her spare time (hah!) she likes to fly small airplanes, shoot at the archery range, run long distances, and read about everything — economics, philosophy, evolutionary psychology, organizational management, technology, and more. An avid proponent of school choice, she serves as an officer on her PTA; she leads fundraising efforts to provide scholarships for children who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend Elaine’s private school.

Amanda has been a libertarian since before she knew the meaning of the word. She was once a Special Agent in the US Air Force. She is now an anarchist, but she’s happy to work toward the Free State Project’s more moderate political goals.

r158911_578760Michael Scheuer

A senior CIA officer tasked since 1996 with the team to locate and eliminate Osama bin Laden, Michael Scheuer lashed out at the panel that investigated the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Scheuer called both the panel and the CIA “bureaucratic cowards” for not holding an agency or individuals accountable for the tragedy, charging that the failure to neutralize bin Laden was attributable to a “want of moral courage, an overwhelming concern for career advancement, or an abject inability to distinguish right from wrong.” His invective was particularly critical of former CIA director George Tenet, saying that Tenet “starved and is starving the bin Laden unit of officers — while finding plenty of officers to staff his personal public relations office, as well as the staffs that handled diversity, multiculturalism, and employee newsletters.”

Scheuer is the author of the #3 best-selling book on the New York Times nonfiction list: Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terrorism. Originally published anonymously, this timely work delivered scathing expert criticism of President Bush’s “war on terror.” Scheuer has also written Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America.

Peter D. SchiffKG9X6NYVKH_small

Peter Schiff of Euro Pacific Capital is one of the few non-biased (i.e., not a “confirmed bear”) investment advisors to have correctly called the current bear market before it began and to have positioned his clients accordingly. As a result of his accurate forecasts on the US stock market, commodities, gold, and the dollar, he is becoming increasingly more renowned. He has been quoted in many of the nation’s leading newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Investor’s Business Daily, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The Miami Herald, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Arizona Republic, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Christian Science Monitor, and has appeared on CNBC, CNNfn., and Bloomberg. In addition, his views are frequently quoted locally in the Orange County Register.

Mr. Schiff began his investment career as a financial consultant with Shearson Lehman Brothers, after having earned a degree in finance and accounting from U.C. Berkley in 1987. A financial professional for seventeen years, he joined Euro Pacific in 1996 and has served as its President since January 2000. An expert on money, economic theory, and international investing, he is a highly recommended broker by many of the nation’s financial newsletters and advisory services. Mr. Schiff holds NASD Series 4,7,24,27,53,55, & 63 licenses. He resides in New Canaan, CT with his wife Stephanie and their son Spencer.

George H. Smith

George Smith publishes a monthly e-zine, The Philosophe, which contains substantial articles of interest to independent intellectuals such as libertarians, freethinkers, Objectivists, humanists, and others.

George has served as the Director of the Forum for Philosophical Studies, Los Angeles; a lecturer on American History at the Cato Institute; and a Senior Research Fellow and lecturer on political philosophy and intellectual history at George Mason University’s Institute for Humane Studies.

George is the author of Atheism: The Case Against God, and Atheism, Ayn Rand, and Other Heresies.

Edward StringhamEdwardStringham

Professor Stringham joined the faculty of San Jose State University in 2002, after receiving his Ph.D. from George Mason University. One of a small cadre of GMU-trained Austrian economists to have found a foothold in non-conservative academia, Stringham’s goal is to expose a new generation of economics students to the insights of Von Mises, Hayek, Hazlett, and other eminent proponents of laissez-faire capitalism.

He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Private Enterprise and serves on the Executive Committee for the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics and on the Executive Committee for the Association of Private Enterprise Education.

vin_suprynowicz_200Vin Suprynowicz

Vin Suprynowicz grew up in a nice Politically Correct Democratic family — fine folks who taught him that it was wrong to steal or to hate people for being different from them. He still feels that way, but has expanded his idea of who those people are from merely homosexuals and members of racial minorities to machine-gun owners, militiamen, folks who choose to vote their conscience in the jury rooms in defiance of the judge’s instructions, who use intoxicants other than those approved by the current government, who decline to contribute any portion of their income to support the welfare/police state, and the like.

A graduate of Eaglebook (where he lettered in football), E.O. Smith (where he lettered in track), and Wesleyan University (where he played Orsino in “Twelfth Night”), Vin worked his way through school as a disc jockey, short-order cook, motel night clerk, and member of the relentlessly unsuccessful rock & roll band “The Four Shadowings of Doom.”

He landed his first newspaper job at the alternative Hartford Advocate in 1972 after graduating from Wesleyan University. He went on to become the star reporter at the daily Willimantic Chronicle, wire editor of the Norwich Bulletin, managing editor of the daily Northern Virginia Sun, and founder and publisher of the weekly Providence Eagle.

Suprynowicz was named three times to the Golden Dozen (the top 12 weekly editorial writers in the U.S. and Canada) by the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.

He finally migrated west to Phoenix, then moved to Las Vegas. He’s currently an editorial writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He also pens a twice-a-week syndicated political column in 20 or so daily newspapers around the country, and edits Privacy Alert, a newsletter for people who want to preserve their personal and financial privacy from an over-intrusive state.

The targets of Vin’s books and columns include the organized crippling of our economy through forced redistribution (“taxation”); victim disarmament courtesy of our elected rape enablers (“gun control”); the youth propaganda camps — reproductive organ of the welfare state (the “public schools”); and the War to Spread Pain (more grandly dubbed the “War On Some Drugs.”) But “Homeland Security,” eminent-domain property seizures, and the government medical scams that contend HIV causes AIDS and thimerosal in vaccines is either safe or long gone — not to mention our new national pastime, the airport grope-and-grab — do not escape the swooping scalpel of his pen.

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