Freedom Summit Speakers – Where the Great Minds of Liberty Come Together. The Attorneys For Freedom Law Firm and The ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law will be hosting the 2018 Arizona Freedom Summit. In the past, we brought together some of the brightest minds in the freedom movement; and this year is no exception. We are proud to present the 2018 Freedom Summit Speakers.
Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also Chief Liberty Officer and founder of Liberty.me, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, research fellow at the Acton Institute, policy adviser of the Heartland Institute, founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, member of the editorial board of the Molinari Review, an advisor to the blockchain application builder Factom, and author of five books, most recently Right-Wing Collectivism: The Other Threat to Liberty, with an preface by Deirdre McCloskey (FEE 2017) . He has written 150 introductions to books and many thousands of articles appearing in the scholarly and popular press.
Topic: Love Is Liberty’s Muse
David Friedman is an academic economist with a doctorate in physics who has spent the past twenty-two years teaching in a law school. His first book, The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, was published in 1973 and includes a description of how a society with property rights and without government might function. There as elsewhere, he offers a consequentialist defense of libertarianism.
His most recent non-fiction book, Future Imperfect: Technology and Freedom in an Uncertain World, examines the implications of a variety of technological revolutions that might happen over the next few decades. His current book project, not yet published, is Legal Systems Very Different from Ours, covering systems from Periclean Athens through modern Amish and Romany. He is also the author of two novels, one commercially published and one self-published, and, with his wife, a self-published medieval and renaissance cookbook and a larger self-published book related to their hobby of historical recreation.
Much of his published work, including journal articles, essays, drafts of forthcoming work and the full text of several books, can be read on his web page: www.daviddfriedman.com. He comments on a wide range of issues on his blog, Ideas, at http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com David is the son of American economist Milton Friedman.
Topic: Market Failure, an Argument Both For and Against Government.
Clint Bolick was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey in January 2016 to serve on the Arizona Supreme Court.
Prior to joining the Court, Justice Bolick litigated constitutional cases in state and federal courts from coast to coast, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Among other positions, he served as Vice President for Litigation at the Goldwater Institute and as Co-founder and Vice President for Litigation at the Institute for Justice. He has litigated in support of school choice, freedom of enterprise, private property rights, freedom of speech, and federalism, and against racial classifications and government subsidies.
Justice Bolick received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California at Davis, where he has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus, and his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Drew University. He serves as a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. Among other honors, he was named one of the 90 Greatest DC Lawyers in the Last 30 Years by Legal Times in 2008, received a Bradley Prize in 2006, and was recognized as one of the nation’s three lawyers of the year by American Lawyer in 2002 for his successful defense of school vouchers in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris.
Justice Bolick is a prolific author of a dozen books and hundreds of articles. Among his most recent books are Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution, co-authored with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush; and David’s Hammer: The Case for an Activist Judiciary. This semester he is teaching Constitutional Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
Topic: State Constitutions- A Greater Protection for Freedom
Judge John A. Buttrick (Ret.) is a former Judge of the Arizona Superior Court and Federal Magistrate Judge. Following his graduation from the University of Denver (1973) and Harvard Law school (1976), Judge Buttrick practiced civil litigation with the firm of Brown & Bain in Phoenix for 25 years before his appointment to the bench in 2001.
Judge Buttrick was appointed to the Arizona bench in 2001 by a Republican Governor following stints on the Libertarian National Committee and as Chair of the National Platform Committee in the late 1990s. Buttrick also ran as a Libertarian for Governor of Arizona and for the Arizona House of Representatives in 1994 and 1998 respectively. Following his appointment to the bench, Judge Buttrick was twice retained by the voters in a retention election in 2004 and 2008.
John A. Buttrick was a part-time Federal Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. He served from 2012-16.
Topic: Libertarian Party: Waste of Time or Future of Freedom?
Maj Toure is a Solutionary Hip Hop artist turned 2nd Amendment activist from North Philly. His following began after he was featured on the cover of the Philadelphia Weekly as “the Prophet of Philadelphia.” He founded the Black Guns Matter movement in 2015 and advocates for 2nd amendment education and information for urban communities. Maj has been featured in the New York Times, Breitbart News, National Public Radio, Fox News, CNN, and NRANews for his out of the box approach to 2nd amendment advocacy. Maj is on a 50 states tour educating urban Americans on their 2nd amendment rights and responsibilities.
Maj Toure, the founder of Black Guns Matter, presents a highly interactive session on the misconceptions, myths, and successes of engaging urban communities in the 2nd amendment fight. Maj will share lessons he’s learning hosting the 50 States Firearm Education Tour, take questions from the audience on engaging urban communities, and explain how companies and organizations can support the Black Guns Matter movement.
Topic: Black Guns Matter- Engaging Urban Communities in the 2nd Amendment Fight
Jeffrey A. Singer is a general surgeon in private practice in metropolitan Phoenix, AZ. He is principal and founder of Valley Surgical Clinics, Ltd., the largest and oldest group private surgical practice in Arizona. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC. He was integrally involved in the creation and passage of the Arizona Health Care Freedom Act and serves as treasurer of the US Health Freedom Coalition, which promotes state constitutional protections of freedom of choice in health care decisions. He was a regular contributor to Arizona Medicine, the journal of the Arizona Medical Association from 1994-2016.
He also serves as a member of the Advisory Board Council, as well as an adjunct instructor, at the Center for Political Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University. He writes and speaks extensively on regional and national public policy, with a specific focus on the areas of health care policy and the harmful effects of drug prohibition. He received his B.A. from Brooklyn College (CUNY) and his M.D. from New York Medical College. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Topic: Misdiagnosing the Opioid Crisis
Edward Peter Stringham is the Davis Professor of Economic Organizations and Innovation at Trinity College and president of the American Institute for Economic Research. He is editor of two books and author of more than seventy journal articles, book chapters, and policy studies. His work has been discussed on more than 100 broadcast stations, including CBS, CNBC, CNN, Headline News, NPR, and MTV. A frequent guest on Fox and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, in 2016 Rise Global ranked Stringham as the 77th most influential economist. His book, Private Governance: Creating Order in Economic and Social Life, is published by Oxford University Press.
The Fable of the Leeches – Do markets depend on government contract enforcement and government rules against fraud? Most people say yes. Stringham, in contrast, will discuss how with small transactions the cost to use the legal system far exceeds the value at stake in a contract, and even with large contracts, the legal system often cannot solve problems quickly enough to be helpful for companies. Even though government courts exist, Stringham will describe how exchange is made possible because of private mechanisms to ensure contractual compliance, because of private governance.
Topic: The Fable of the Leeches
Marc Victor is an Arizona State bar certified specialist in criminal law who has been zealously representing clients in serious state and federal criminal law matters for well over twenty years. As a long time freedom activist, Mr. Victor is regularly invited to speak to audiences across Arizona on a variety of issues including ending the drug war, the rights of gun owners, the free market, criminal justice issues as well as a variety of other criminal law related issues. He has twice debated Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery on the drug war.
Mr. Victor has represented clients in more than a thousand major felony cases including first and second-degree murder, sex cases, gun cases, major drug cases, complex white collar cases, federal appeals, and other complex state and federal matters. His jury trial experience includes several murder trials including death-eligible matters as well as complex sex and drug cases including both state and federal courts. He has also successfully argued before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
Mr. Victor has successfully represented clients in many high-profile and media attention cases; including representing Elizabeth Johnson in the nationally televised “Baby Gabriel” case. To watch his winning closing argument, in that case, click here. He also represents clients in high-profile civil rights and personal injury matters.
Mr. Victor has been quoted locally, nationally and internationally on radio, television, in print, and in person as a legal commentator and expert on many local and national cases. He was an expert legal commentator for local NBC 12 News for the Jodi Arias case.
Topic: The American Justice System: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!
Alessandro Fusillo, Born in Rome on October 3, 1968, graduated from the University of Rome, “La Sapienza” cum laude in 1992, enrolled in the Bar Association of Rome since 1995. Since 2015, he has been a member of the Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid. Alessandro Fusillo, who speaks and writes five languages, has taken special care of international relations. Since 2000, Fusillo has worked closely with Aldebert & Kollegen who, with offices in Berlin, Munich, and Frankfurt, is able to provide comprehensive assistance for any need in Germany. Fusillo also has an office in Spain and boasts consolidated contacts in Switzerland, France, England, the United States, Panama, Chile and Argentina and is able to provide comprehensive assistance for any customer needs to internationalize their business.
Fusillo’s interest in libertarian philosophy and Austrian Economics began in 2010. He writes articles for Freedom’s Phoenix and Il Miglio Verde, Italy’s most important online libertarian magazine, and was a speaker at Anarchapulco in 2016. He is a regular at Hoppe’s Property and Freedom Society annual conference and a member of Mises Germany.
Topic: Law as a Praxeological Category
Robert Anthony Peters is Vice President of the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA). He sat in on FIJA’s 2017 federal trial regarding free speech rights of juror rights educators at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse in Denver, CO.
Robert completed his BS at the University of Arizona in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, was a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow in DC, and trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in NYC. A member of SAG-AFTRA, he has been acting, producing, and directing professionally in theater, film, voiceover, and more for over a decade. He has been an active libertarian for even longer. Currently he lectures internationally on the relationship between art and liberty, speaking at several Students For Liberty events, the State Policy Network annual conference, the Bastiat Society, APEE, FreedomFest, Arizona FreedomFest, Coins in the Kingdom, the Hero’s Journey Conference, Libertopia, PORCfest, FEE seminars, Institute for Liberal Studies Summer Seminar series, and the Free Minds Film Festival.
He is president of Laissez Faire Media and the Culture of Liberty Institute and a producer with Ozymandias Media – purveyor of top quality web content for freedom-oriented think tanks and businesses. He records audiobooks, is a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute, is on the inaugural FEE Alumni Board, leads discussions for Liberty Fund, and is a contributor to The Freeman. He also manages his family’s retail shipping store in Tucson, AZ. Look for his film directing debut with “Tank Man.” His website is robertanthonypeters.com.
Topic: The Art of Jury Nullification and Why It Matters Today
Charles Goyette is a libertarian commentator and New York Times, bestselling author. He is best known for his economic commentary and his opposition to America’s global military empire.
He is the author of THE DOLLAR MELTDOWN and RED AND BLUE AND BROKE ALL OVER: Restoring America’s Free Economy.
Goyette spent many years as a popular Phoenix radio personality with leading radio stations KTAR and KFYI. He was named Best Phoenix Talk Show Host in the New Times readers’ poll.
Charles joined with Ron Paul for the nationally syndicated radio commentary Ron Paul’s America, that was broadcast twice daily on 125 radio stations across the country, as well as Ron Paul and Charles Goyette – The Weekly Podcast.
Charles has often been called upon to share his views with national television audiences on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, CNBC and Fox Business Channel. He is finishing work on a new book about the media’s complicity in the war lies of the American Empire.
Topic: You’re Going to Miss Western Civilization
Butler Shaffer is a researcher and libertarian author. Butler Shaffer is Professor Emeritus at Southwestern University School of Law. A friend of Lew Rockwell, he writes numerous articles on Lewrockwell.com on various libertarian themes such as the free movement of people. He is the author of In Restraint of Trade: The Business Campaign Against Competition, 1918–1938 and Boundaries of Order.
Topic: Libertarian Thinking in the Next Renaissance
Ernie Hancock is the Radio Talk Show Host of Declare Your Independence and founder of Freedoms Phoenix. Ernest was instrumental in the efforts of the Ron Paul grassroots campaign. He designed the “r3VO_|ution” slogan, which was adopted by the campaign and activists. His show has been on the air for the past decade making it one of the longer lasting podcasts on libertarianism.
Ernie is a libertarian activist, radio show host, blogger, and all around muckraker. Education through the use of the courts, the political process, and guerilla activism have made them well known to the general public as a sincere defender of libertarian philosophy. Ernest has been freeing minds and inspiring many people to think outside the system for well over two decades.
Topic: Decentralize Everything – Anarchy Is Only 62 Miles Away