Libertopia: The Movie, The Festival, The Movement
Next stop ... Libertopia
I just love the word - libertopia. It's just full of promise. I first heard it in relation to the documentary about the Free State Project, but it turns out there's also a festival by that name.
So we're looking at them together here as they're both about the effort to achieve what frequently seems unachievable - a true state of liberty. The movie does it by bringing a little more light to one of the ways libertarians are putting feet to words. The festival does it by bringing together thinkers from across the country for an annual celebration of peace, freedom, music, community and ideas.
So let's head out to Libertopia!
Libertopia: The Movie
Libertopia Film - Documentary on The Free State Project
Libertopia is a documentary that examines the people of the Free State Project - ordinary citizens attempting to reclaim a voice against a government which they believe shares neither their priorities nor their interests. Primarily libertarian leaning, and often considered radicals in their home towns, these people have begun a modern-day pilgrimage to New Hampshire.
The goal is to find 20,000 people to move to New Hampshire and the film takes a closer look at the movement through the eyes of three people involved in the project.
Libertopia Trailers, Clips and Interviews
Director: Christina Heller
Producers: Craig Goodale, Christina Heller
Cinematography: Craig Goodale
Music: Joseph Primavera
Film Editing: Adam H. Mack
Brooke Buchanan ... Herself
Will Buchanan ... Himself
Andrew Carroll ... Himself
Matt Simon ... Himself
Jason Sorens ... Himself
Libertopia: The Festival
Libertopia Festival 2014
The festival Libertopia is also about creating a free society, only outside the confines of government. The organization works with a rejection of politics, while the Free State Project featured in the film is all about changing things through politics.
At the heart of the festival are the ideas of Murray Rothbard taken to a logical conclusion - the non-aggression axiom and the concept that "it's my life and no one can own me." The group is made up of full-blown voluntaryists, agorists, and anarchists in the sense of "no rulers."
While there are a ton of speakers at the festival, the presentations are kept short to allow more time for questions and answers and breakout groups to explore issues in greater depth, as well as more panels and more workshops.
The long-range mission of the festival/conference is to establish Libertopia. Which they define as "a voluntary community based on freedom & peace; where each individual's sovereignty and dignity are respected and all forms of aggression, coercion and violence are unacceptable. Until then, we will hold an annual Libertopia festival: a three day (and eventually a week long) celebration where we share ideas, explore, experiment, discover, innovate, trade, gift, create or perform art, spread the love and rejoice in our diversity and unique individuality."
2014 Dates: November 13-16
Libertopia 2012 Speakers
Stefan Molyneux, Master of Ceremonies
Blogger, essayist, author, and host of the Freedomain Radio series of podcasts
Morning Star Colleague and outreach for The Foundation for Harmony and Prosperity
Attorney, Institute for Justice Arizona Chapter
Tom W. Bell
Professor, Chapman University, School of Law
Entrepreneur, Chief Editor of The Dollar Vigilante, and host of Anarchast.Â
President of The Motivators
V-50 innovator and entrepreneur.
Privacy Extremist and IT Security Consultant
Free market economist, best-selling financial author, international investor and entrepreneur, and founder and chairman of Casey Research
Author, The Conscience of an Anarchist; member, advisory board, Center for a Stateless Society
Defense Attorney and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Speaker.
Founder and Producer of Libertopia, Attorney, Indie Film Producer, Screenwriter, Entrepreneur
Anthropologist, theatre artist, DJ, a co-host of Truthatoz Podcast, and PR Rep for the Ladies of Liberty Alliance
Power & water engineer / economic activist / co-founder Don’t Tread On Meme silver barter project
Professor of Law at Santa Clara University and Economist
Host of Thrive movie and website
Ryan William Nohea Garcia
Ambassador for The Seasteading Institute
Founder and CEO of Monetas, Founder of the Institute for Freedom and creator of The Freedom Universal
Philosopher, intellectual historian, author, and senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, editor of The Mises Review
Judge Jim P. Gray
Vice President Candidate, Libertarian Party, 2012. Trial court judge in Orange County, California, from 1983 to 2010.
Research Analyst at The Independent Institute and songwriter/musician
Publisher of FreedomsPhoenix.com and co-founder of the Freedom Summit
Writer, lecturer and publisher most noted for promoting visionary works on the science of freedom
Editor, Markets Not Capitalism (2011); blogger at radgeek.com; Anarchist activist, speaker, and sometime web developer
Development Director for Antiwar.com, Producer of Antiwar Radio, Vice Chair of the Board of Ladies of Liberty Alliance
Attorney with Kinsella Law Group, Executive Editor of Libertarian Papers, and Director of the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom
Analyst and Consultant in Black IT Business
Roderick T. Long
Professor of philosophy at Auburn University, president of the Molinari Institute, and an anarcho-libertarian blogger
Attorney and author
MD/PhD student living in New Hampshire
Blogger on ways to undermine the chimera of USD while promoting peace and happiness
Dr. James L. Payne
Author, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, and Director of Lytton Research and Analysis
Robert Anthony Peters
Actor and Producer
Audio / Video Producer / economic activist /co-founder Don’t Tread On Meme silver barter project
Sharon Presley. PhD
Social psychologist, Co-founder Laissez Faire Books, author, libertarian anarchist writer and activist.
John Michael Rafanello
Author and Founder of the " Wonder World Project" Â Â Â Â Â
Editor of The Freeman, published by Foundation for Economic Education, senior fellow at the Future of Freedom Foundation
Author of The Iron Web, Kicking the Dragon, How to be a Successful Tyrant, andThe Most Dangerous Superstition.
Author and entrepreneur
Libertarian Family blog, behavior modification and family health consultant
Humanities teacher, Providence Hall, and Foundation for Economic Education lecturer.Â
J. Neil Schulman
Barry J. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Medical educator, co-author and comedian
Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School
Attorney and individual rights activist
Anarchist/voluntaryist activist for www.outsidethecity.us and www.thelovepolice.us
Voluntaryist author, consultant and radio show host
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Visionary Officer of FLOW
Policy analyst at Reason Foundation
Free State Project board member, Founder and Co-owner of Bardo Farm in Croydon NH
Marc J. Victor
Certified Criminal Law Specialist with over 17 years experience in both criminal and civil litigation
Dr. Joel F. Wade
Life Coach and writer
Treasurer and Co-Founder of Fr33 Aid and Organizer of Bay Area Voluntaryists
Award Winning Commercial Real Estate Broker, Event Host, Photographer, and writes about Business and Politics
Five Principles of Libertopia
- All actions should be peaceful and voluntary.
The axiomatic and first principle of Libertopia is that all forms of coercion and violence are unacceptable.
- Honor the self.
Each one of us is unique in the universe, endowed with free will, reason and dignity. Celebrate and radically express your unique individuality.
- Rule yourself
As free and sovereign individuals, we rule ourselves and are totally responsible for all our actions.
- Live and let live
Radical tolerance and acceptance of different lifestyles and life choices. Embrace our diversity and uniqueness.
- Community of Spontaneous Order
Allow order to arise by pursuing happiness, respecting each others sovereignty, and engaging in peaceful and voluntary interactions -- exploring, experimenting, discovering, creating, innovating, sharing, selling, trading, gifting, prospering and loving one another.