Join CoraxConf and listen to Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Brendan O’Neill, Julie Borowski, Adam Kokesh, Matthew Reece and others!

Since you last heard from us, several additional speakers have been confirmed. Blogger Matthew Reece, researcher Andreas Kohl, investor Johnny Mellgren, uneducationalist and reporter Moritz Bierling and Corax co-founder Martin Eriksson will be speaking at CoraxConf July 28-30th! The President of the Mises Institute Jeff Deist will not be able to join us on Malta but will speak over video link.

At the moment we are preparing pre-conference activities for July 24-27 – there will be daily meetups, workshops and other events. A complete schedule will be posted at a later point.

After registering to attend you get access to a special discussion group where people are already busy planning activities, shared accommodation etc. You can find the Facebook event page here.

There are still tickets available but the total number of tickets is limited, so make sure to get one in time! Check out our video presenting the conference:

The line-up now looks as follows:

Speakers

Hans-Hermann Hoppe

Hans-Hermann Hoppe is the world’s foremost libertarian philosopher. He was a close associate of Murray Rothbard and has made several major contributions to libertarian theory, including laying a new foundation for the non-aggression principle with his argumentation ethics and presenting a groundbreaking analysis of political systems in Democracy: The God That Failed. He is Professor Emeritus of Economics at UNLV, Distinguished Fellow with the Ludwig von Mises Institute and Founder of The Property and Freedom Society. Hoppe’s work has been translated into 30 languages.

Brendan O’Neill

Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked, a magazine that wants to make history as well as report it. He is a columnist for Reason and Penthouse and a regular writer for the Spectator, commenting extensively on freedom, autonomy and the right to offend. He is author of the green satire ‘Can I Recycle My Granny and 39 Other Eco-Dilemmas’ and of a collection of essays titled ‘A Duty to Offend’.

Julie Borowski

Julie Borowski is a libertarian political commentator and YouTuber. Her videos have over 8 million views, she won CPAC’s Blogbash Video of the Year in 2014 for her video debunking ObamaCare and she was also rewarded Tea Party Blogger of the Year at CPAC 2013 after creating a viral video. Previously, she was a Policy Analyst at FreedomWorks. Her writings have appeared in a number of outlets including Washington Examiner, Daily Caller, Rare, Red State, and Townhall.

Adam Kokesh

Adam Kokesh is an American political anti-war activist and a decorated veteran of the War in Iraq. Identifying as a libertarian, Kokesh has called for a “new American revolution” and has announced plans to run for President in 2020 on the platform of an “orderly dissolution of the federal government”. His book FREEDOM! outlines his beliefs and philosophy.

Matthew Reece

Matthew Reece is a libertarian writer, philosopher, and commentator most known for his blog The Zeroth Position. Reece earned his B.S. in Physics at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His knowledge of physics and mathematics occasionally surface in his writing, helping to illustrate important points in economics and libertarian philosophy.

Johnny Mellgren

Johnny Mellgren is a Swedish entrepreneur, investor, a student of the Austrian school of economics and monetary history with a focus on gold and silver. He is also a regular on the Swedish language Corax podcast where he covers economic news on a bi-monthly. In his talk, he will give an overview of the modern financial and monetary system, the challenges ahead and possible outcomes as governments act with increasing desperation.

Moritz Bierling

Moritz Bierling, in his work for Exosphere Academy—a learning and problem-solving community—has organized a Space Elevator bootcamp, an Artificial Intelligence conference, and an Ethereum training course while also authoring a Primer on the emerging discipline of Alternate Reality Design. His work has appeared in a number of blockchain-related and libertarian media outlets such as CoinTelegraph, The Freeman’s Perspective, Bitcoin.com and the School Sucks Project.

Andreas Kohl

Andreas Kohl is a Research Associate at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a Council Member at the Foundation for the Advancement of Liberty. Known to many as “Mr. Liechtenstein”, he is an advocate of market-based governance and his research is centered on the principle of self-determination, with a particular focus on its implementation in the constitution of the Principality of Liechtenstein. Andreas is a recipient of the Vernon Smith Prize awarded by the European Center for Austrian Economics Foundation, a think tank run by the princely family of Liechtenstein.

Jeff Deist

Jeff Deist is president of the Mises Institute, where he serves as writer, public speaker, and dedicated activist for free markets and a more libertarian society. He previously worked as longtime advisor and chief of staff to Congressman Ron Paul, for whom he wrote hundreds of articles and speeches. Jeff Deist will not be able to join us on Malta but will speak over video link.

Martin Eriksson

Martin Eriksson is the co-founder of bubb.la and Corax, working full-time for the project and hosting the Swedish language news commentary podcast radio bubb.la. He is a software entrepreneur by trade and has been active on the libertarian scene in Sweden for more than 15 years.

Sponsors

We are also proud to present our first sponsors! More will be announced shortly. If you want to help make this conference bigger and better while presenting your organization or your company, get in touch!


Liberty Silver was founded in 2008 and is the largest internet based bullion dealer in the nordics. Bullion is the term for physical metal as investment vehicle, mainly gold and silver bars and coins. The company was founded on a libertarian belief that gold and silver are sound money as opposed to the current monetary system based on debt.

 


Mullvad is a VPN service that helps keep users’ online activity, identity, and location private. Founded and run by libertarians with no external interests, its goal is to make surveillance and censorship ineffective.

 

We also wrote a piece about the conference at Being Libertarian.

First speaker announcement

The libertarian movement is reacting to a more polarized and chaotic world—which shows in internal discussions as well as external ones. We are aiming for CoraxConf2017 to be a place where Corax readers, editors and libertarians all over the world connect and learn from the best thinkers and activists within the big tent of libertarianism.

The libertarian tradition is built on a solid foundation of principled thinking and this foundation will endure the politics of identity and emotional positioning currently dominating the public debate. How we handle self censorship and freedom of expression will determine how well we do in the future–both within and outside of the movement.

It’s our great honor to announce the first speakers of CoraxConf2017

By inviting these speakers, we hope to showcase the range of things happening in the movement, as well as getting some outside perspective. We are going for true ideological depth and a good portion of activist energy, in the hopes of uniting the strong parts of our movement and learn from each other.

 

Hans-Hermann HoppeHans-Hermann Hoppe

Author, Professor and Founder @ The Property and Freedom Society

Hans-Hermann Hoppe is the world’s foremost libertarian philosopher. He was a close associate of Murray Rothbard and has made several major contributions to libertarian theory, including laying a new foundation for the non-aggression principle with his argumentation ethics and presenting a groundbreaking analysis of political systems in Democracy: The God That Failed. He is Professor Emeritus of Economics at UNLV, Distinguished Fellow with the Ludwig von Mises Institute and Founder of The Property and Freedom Society. Hoppe’s work has been translated into 30 languages.

 

Julie BorowskiJulie Borowski

Political commentator and YouTuber @ julieborowski.com

Julie Borowski is a libertarian political commentator and YouTuber. Her videos have over 8 million views, she won CPAC’s Blogbash Video of the Year in 2014 for her video debunking ObamaCare and she was also rewarded Tea Party Blogger of the Year at CPAC 2013 after creating a viral video. Previously, she was a Policy Analyst at FreedomWorks. Her writings have appeared in a number of outlets including Washington Examiner, Daily Caller, Rare, Red State, and Townhall.

 

Adam KokeshAdam Kokesh

Independent Journalist and political activist @ thefreedomline.com

Adam Kokesh is an American political anti-war activist and a decorated veteran of the War in Iraq. Identifying as a libertarian, Kokesh has called for a “new American revolution” and has announced plans to run for President in 2020 on the platform of an “orderly dissolution of the federal government”. His book FREEDOM! outlines his beliefs and philosophy.

 

Brendan O'NeillBrendan O’Neill

Editor and journalist @ Spiked Online

Brendan O’Neill is the editor of spiked, the magazine that wants to make history as well as report it, and is a columnist for The Big Issue in London and The Australian in, er, Australia. He also blogs for the Daily Telegraph and has written for a variety of publications in both Europe and America. He is the author of Can I Recycle My Granny And 39 Other Eco-Dilemmas, published by Hodder & Stoughton and described by the BBC as a “skidmark on the gusset of environmentalism”, and he is currently researching a book on snobbery. He has five brothers, was the first person to complete the ZX Spectrum game Rasputin, and is the only journalist to have written for both the Catholic Herald and Abortion Review. He doesn’t tweet.

Tickets and future announcements

More speakers will be announced from different parts of the libertarian movement – among them entrepreneurs, organizers and thinkers. Stay tuned and feel free to contact us if you are interested in speaking: info@cor.ax. More information about the conference can be found on the landing page. There’s also a Facebook event where you can get in touch and recieve updates.

The early bird price for CoraxConf2017 is 100€. We will raise the price in increments and the tickets will be sold out, so don’t miss this opportunity and register now!

 

CoraxConf2016—a travel report

Conference attendees Kalle and Daniel

Just over two years after the launch of bubb.la, the successful Swedish version of Corax, it was time for the project’s first conference. The founders, Martin Eriksson and Sofia Arkestål, invited editors, premium members, fans and curious liberty-minded people to visit their new home Malta, where the temperatures always are higher than the taxes. With guests and speakers flying in from the US, Iceland, Cyprus, Sweden, Ireland and Liberland the conference made it possible to meet up with old friends and just as much making new ones. Saturday and Sunday was filled with presentations and workshops on a wide variety of topics, but with a clear focus on activism. We left Sweden for a week of blue water, good food and long, interesting discussions with like-minded people—and this is our recount of CoraxConf2016.

Pre-conference

With most participants taking the opportunity to raise their D-vitamin levels, enjoy the beaches and get the chance to experience the island nation there was approximately 25 people on spot already on the Tuesday. Every day, without any central planning, people organized sightseeing activities, dinners and discussions continued long into the night on beach rocks, at after parties or in the clubbing district Paceville. This networking and socializing was for many of us just as important as the formal conference itself. As Simon Gustafsson, a Swedish anarcho-poet, beautifully explained in his poem “Destination Frihet” it is not everyday that you get to have deep conversations about fractional-reserve banking or what it means to have a reactonary view on society.

The conference and the speakers

Tommy Tarre

A professional public speaking trainer, Tommy taught us both how to make a great presentation but also how to reach through to people, that using emotions can trump even the best logical argument. By going through the main characteristics of different parts of the brain, he wanted more of us to understand that probably the most crucial part in trying to become successful in communication is to make sure the person you’re communicating with sees you as a friend rather than a threat. After being accepted as a friend by the reptilian brain, you are able to start speaking to the emotion-focused limbic system. As very rational people, libertarians tend to start with the logical arguments straight away but Tommy adviced to take the short way through the limbic system instead of directly heading for the neo-cortex, the most complex part of the brain which is programmed to question everything new. Tommy also shared his best public speaking tips which were show your unarmed hands, look into your audience’s eyes long enough to get a connection and short enough to avoid awkwardness, try to smile as naturally as you can and last but not least, raise your eyebrows!

Rick Falkvinge

The founder of the Swedish Pirate Party, which inspired the entire world-wide movement, Rick started his session by showing that people copy their leaders. As a leader it is important to show how you want the activists to act. The session was divided into two parts, the concept Swarmwise which Rick has created of his experiences followed by a workshop on how to apply these ideas to Corax. Swarmwise is basically a way of inspiring a large crowd to support a common goal, make them work for this idea without anyone actually tlling them what to do and create an organization that can win over competitors with a budget a hundred times bigger. Your goal must be credible, tangible, inclusive and most of all epicly world-changing! Once you’ve inspired so many people by just stating your dream, it is important to make it easy for them to get active. Rick created the three-pirate-rule, which meant that party members could do something in the name of the party and use party resources as long as three members supported it. He forbid asking others for permission, saying it slows down action, puts responsibility away from the individual and the decision will be taken by someone who doesn’t necessarily understand what he or she is supposed to decide over.

In the second part of the workshop we tried to conclude why we are Coraxians, how Corax works and what we do. Promoting freedom, creating safe spaces for libertarians to focus their energy on productive things, changing the media climate and inspiring critical thinking were some of the answers to the big question “why Corax?”. We also wrote down examples of which type of responsibilities and activist-roles that could be needed if we created some kind of a swarm-like organisation.

Nima Sanandaji

Well-respected Kurdish-Swedish researcher and writer Nima Sanandaji talked about his new book “Debunking Utopia” which comes out in approximately two weeks. Already #1 of top selling new books on political philosophy on Amazon, the book explains why Nordic European states are successful despite being welfare states and not because of them. Nima, putting philosophy aside and looking at the facts, showed how prosperity, equality and good social outcomes were defining the Nordic states long before the large increase in government the last 50 years. Instead he is making the case for a cultural explanation, showing that US citizens with Scandinavian origin has even higher prosperity than their cousins that never emigrated. Strong working ethics, a healthy lifestyle and diet, social cohesion and a homogenous population are what created the societies that the Left tend to call utopian and that are often used to show social democracy works. He warned that even though the Nordics are still doing well compared to other similar states, the welfare system is in many ways destroying the culture that created these impressive countries.

 

Vít Jedlička

Inviting a president to a libertarian activism conference can sound contradictionary but Vít Jedlička was a perfect fit. A long-time activist, he decided to found the Free Republic of Liberland on a piece of land between Serbia and Croatia not claimed by any of the two countries because of a border conflict. Situated on the Croatian side of the Danube river, its eastern border is international waters. Vít enthusiastically spoke about how activists from all around the world are working to make the dream of a new libertarian microstate become reality. Already having their own airline, beer, stamps, soccer team and much more, the President is now travelling the world to build diplomatic relations and meet up with citizens. Despite the obvious challenges of starting a new country, Liberland has received immense support and attention world-wide. On the diplomatic level, things seem to go the right way with eight Polish MPs recently wishing the country would recognize Liberland and support from many prominent politicians from around the world. Vít also showed a picture of the future Liberland government building, an old house already on the land, saying that the government would never become bigger than the house and pointing at one of the rooms saying “one room for the police, next room for diplomats, etc”.

Alexandra Ivanov

Swedish opinion editor and former president of Swedish student association FMSF, Alexandra Ivanov, talked about communication and political activism. Taking examples from her own life, she emphasized the importance of being well prepared when deciding to do something that possibly could provoke a lot of people and get media attention. Chose what is your main points beforehand and stick to them. Make sure to chose the right moment, when there is a current event proving your point, and avoid using a tragedy to get your message across. With a big smile she told the story of the Amalthea bus line, a protest action against a union strike, which received a lot of attention in Swedish media. Another example was the Frihetsfika-movement where the student association gathered over 4000€ to support two immigrants running a small bakery who where attacked by the unions for paying their employee a slightly lower wage than the union wanted, while themselves were struggling financially. She explained that by choosing your fights you could get support from outside your traditional supporter crowd and raise your possibilities to create actual change.

Mikael From

CEO of the Swedish libertarian precious metal company Liberty Silver, Mikael From, was not only a speaker but also a sponsor of the conference. The company has a long history of supporting libertarian activism and is well-known to radio bubb.la’s listeners. Mikael gave a short presentation on why precious metals are better than fiat money and why precious metals are a promising investment at the moment. He finished by sharing some graphs on how gold has been flowing to China the latest years, both by private and government import, and talked about what this means for the world economy.

Jim Turney

Libertarian legend, former radio host, chair of the Libertarian Party in the US and recorder of numerous libertarian conferences and events since the 70’s (some of which are available at Libertarianism.org) held a speech about the history of the movement, the current situation and possible developments in the future. Jim doesn’t disregard politics, but thinks we need to head into tech, biotech and other buisiness sectors that will shape the future—or atleast start to talk about the market and spontaneous order in a similar organic sense—and not argue too much about who’s a true Scotsman.

Martin Eriksson

Co-founder of bubb.la and Corax Martin Eriksson held the last session of the conference and gave an insight into his philosphical development the last 20 years. Bringing up two books that changed his view on freedom, Discourse on Voluntary Servitude or the Anti-Dictator by Étienne de la Boétie and The Ego and Its Own by Max Stirner, he explained that he realized freedom has a lot to do with how free we perceive ourselves. Sharing more or less his life story, he led us along the path which led him and Sofia to start bubb.la in 2014. He promoted entrepreneurship and activism to create the world we want to see and to build our own freedom. Sharing examples of liberty-associated industries, he asked all of us to talk to each other and brainstorm ideas for new companies that can increase freedom. He finished by saying that the success of the conference should be evaluated by how many companies and projects that have been started because of it.
That’s our take. We hope to see you next year!

/Daniel and Kalle