2003 FREEDOM SUMMIT SPEAKERS
Nathaniel Branden, Keynote Speaker
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.
Congressional Representative Ron Paul
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 markets, 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.
Dick Boddie is the President and Founder of The Motivators, a professional speakers bureau in Huntington Beach, and an adjunct professor in Political Science and History at Coastline Community College in Costa Mesa and Garden Grove, California. He holds a law degree from Syracuse University.
The son, grandson, and great grandson of Baptist ministers, he has the honor and distinction of having been the first black youth to ever become an Eagle Scout (BSA) in Rochester NY. A former Democrat, a former Republican, and a former radio talk show host in Rochester, Boddie is quite well known for his political activism over the years. He has been a Libertarian Party functionary and federal candidate for both House and Senate.
Harry Browne was a successful investment advisor for 30 years. He has written 11 books that have sold more than 2 million copies. He has appeared on the Today show, Wall $treet Week , The Larry King Show , and hundreds of other national and local radio and television shows. Currently, he is Director of Public Policy for the American Liberty Foundation.
In 1996 and 2000, Harry Browne was the Libertarian presidential candidate. He campaigned in 38 states, and appeared on over a thousand radio and television programs. He won numerous Internet preference polls and was endorsed for president by dozens of radio talk show hosts and journalists. He received 485,759 votes on Election Day, the second highest total in Libertarian Party history. In 2000, he was again nominated to represent the Libertarian Party and garnered more than 382,00 votes in a tight presidential race.
Among Harry Browne's books are the New York Times bestsellers How You Can Profit from the Coming Devaluation, and You Can Profit from a Monetary Crisis, as well as How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World, Fail-Safe Investing, Why Government Doesn't Work,
and The Great Libertarian Offer.
As one of the founders of the Freedom Summit, Ernie's bio appears on our founders page.
An Austrian school economist and libertarian/anarcho-capitalist philosopher, Professor Hoppe teaches Economics at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, is a Senior Fellow with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and the Editor of the Journal of Libertarian Studies. His latest book is Democracy: The God That Failed.
Donald "Mac" MacPherson
Donald MacPherson operates an Arizona law firm whose nationwide practice includes civil and criminal law, especially trials and appeals. Concentrating in the area of tax law, "Major Mac" is known for his innovative, liberty-oriented approaches to client issues involving IRS problems, offshore trusts, tax havens, and financial privacy. He is the author of Tax Fraud & Evasion: The War Stories, April 15th, and Secret Exposed: Eliminate Income Tax Debts Through Bankruptcy.
A former police officer, former prosecutor in two states, and founder and principal of the Morris Law Firm, pllc, Richard is an attorney licensed in Arizona, California, the United States Supreme Court, and various other federal courts. His practice has a focus on wills, trusts, probate, business transactions (both domestic and international) with an eye to protecting the client's assets from predators, and civil litigation. The motto of his firm is, "We Right What's Wrong" -- and he means it. He is a former adjunct professor of economics, and currently co-host of the Phoenix radio program "Cover Your Assets" heard on News Talk 1010AM every Saturday morning. Richard shows clients how to avoid many costly lawsuits by building an inner wall of protection from predators (including customers and disgruntled employees) who are just looking for easy prey, while protecting confidential information.
Boston T. Party
Boston T. Party is the author of numerous books on how to exercise our vanishing personal liberties. His titles include Boston's Gun Bible, You & the Police!, Bulletproof Privacy: How to Live Hidden, Happy and Free!, Hologram of Liberty: The Constitution's Shocking Alliance With Big Government, Boston on Guns & Courage: Proven Tools for Chronic Problems, Boston on Surviving Y2K, and Good-Bye April 15th!
Bill Scannell is the principal architect of HavenCo, "a place for secure e-Commerce, privacy-protected Internet services, and uncensorable free speech." Based on Sealand -- a sovereign nation-state founded on an abandoned WWII anti-aircraft platform in international waters -- HavenCo offers secure data storage insulated from government warrants, snooping, and other state depredations.
When Adobe Systems sued white-hat hacker Dmitry Sklyarov for the "crime" of publicly exposing the insecure encryption techniques in Adobe products, Bill organized a boycott of Adobe that forced the company to back off and drop their lawsuit.
Bill is currently organizing a worldwide boycott of Delta Airlines for their collaboration with the federal government in their role as the spearhead adopter of the new CAPPS-II air traveler tracking system.
Professor Butler D. Shaffer
A prolific writer and speaker, Professor Shaffer has presented several academic papers, led discussions, and written numerous books and articles on social theory, business and labor law. In his book, Calculated Chaos (1985), he explores the theory that "institutions are the principle means by which conflict is produced and managed in society." In his most recent book, In Restraint of Trade (1995), he demonstrates how the business system endeavored to restrict competition between 1918 and 1938, and was the major factor in the creation of the New Deal's National Industrial Recovery Act. He has just completed another book on The Redistribution of Authority. He is a popular interview subject on these issues on network television, cable, and radio.
Professor Shaffer attended law school at the University of Nebraska and the University of Chicago. Prior to his appointment to the faculty at Southwestern University School of Law in 1977, Professor Shaffer served on the faculty at the University of Nebraska College of Business Administration where he taught courses in business and law. He currently teaches Administrative Law, Antitrust Law, Informal Systems of Order Seminar, Labor Law, Property, and SCALE.
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.
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.
As one of the founders of the Freedom Summit, Marc's bio appears on our founders page.