1971 Shaping the Future Libertarian Conference
The Shaping the Future Libertarian Conference took place on March 13-14, 1971 at Columbia University, New York, NY and November 13-14, 1971 at an unknown location in New York, NY.
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Columbia University, New York, NY, March 13-14, 1971 Agenda
Saturday 13 March 1971
Don Ernsberger, Introductory Remarks and Announcements
Jerome Tuccille, The Psychology and Politics of Libertarians
Jerome Tuccille, Question and Answer
Jeffrey St. John/Roy Childs debate, not recorded, transcript available online at: http://ronmanners.com/1971/03/anarcho-capitalism-or-limited-government-roy-childs-debates-jeffery-st-john
John J. Pierce, The Present State of Science Fiction
Robert Baker, (starts into the presentation), Revolutions and Rational Methods for Conducting Them (audio not uploaded)
Robert Baker, Question and Answers (audio not uploaded)
Lanny Friedlander, Futurism
Jarret B. Wollstein, The Myth of Democracy
Jarret B. Wollstein, The Myth of Democracy, Question and Answer
Sunday 14 March 1971
Robert Baker, Common Law of a Free Society
Robert Baker, Common Law of a Free Society, Question and Answer
Murray Rothbard, Strategies for Achieving Liberty
Murray Rothbard, Question and Answer
Jim Fawley, Media and Libertarianism
Jim Fawley, Question and Answer
Walter Block, Urban Economics for the Libertarian
Walter Block, Question and Answer
Roy Childs, Domestic Revisionism, not recorded.
Location Unknown, New York, NY, November 13-14, 1971 Agenda
Saturday 13 November 1971
Robert Baker, Problems with B.F. Skinner-The Resurgence of American Fascism
Robert Baker, Question and Answer
Milton Friedman, Q&A session
Murray Rothbard, Anarchism in the Colonies
Leonard Liggio, American Isolationism
Walter Grinder, Role of Corporate Foundations
Sunday 14 November 1971
David Friedman, Population and Laissez Faire
Murray Rothbard, Nixon and the Net-AnarchoNixionism
June Grem, The FED, not recorded.
The fall conference did not include Houston; they couldn't get organized. In NY (the one I taped - note that the identity of the recorder is unknown), Robert Baker opened (dissecting BF Skinner); Sharon Presley. Several awards were announced, and a letter from Rand was read in which she "wished it to be known" that she would not accept the 1971 Phoenix Award voted to her by the SIL membership. Then there was Friedman's talk, with Q&A from LA audience members; Rothbard (anarchism in the early colonies), Ralph Fucetola on arbitration, and Lenoard Liggio on American isolationism, and Walter Grinder on corporate liberal foundations. Sunday started with Sharon Presley, then David Friedman, Jim Davidson, Robert Baker, Rothbard, and finally Mrs. June Grem (author of The Money Manipulators) on the FED.
Columbia University Spectator
300 Libertarians Convene To Debate Individual Rights
By Scott Gordon
Over three hundred libertarians from all over the country met at the Law School Saturday and Sunday to discuss anarchy, Ayn Rand’s objectivism and other issues of the philosophy of individual rights.
Libertarian journalist, Jeffrey St. John and Roy Child (sic), contributing editor to “The Individualist,” a prominent libertarian journal, opened the meeting on Saturday with a debate on “Limited Government vs. Anarch-Capitalism.” Mr. St. John advocated a limited government whose sole purpose would be the use of retaliatory force on those who violate individual rights.
“The anarcho-capitalists seem to think that the form and structure of the state is the real enemy, and not its ideas,” he claimed. “They should be trying to overthrow not the sate but communalism. Anarchism cannot validate the concept of individual rights,” he concluded.
Mr. Childs disagreed, saying, the state has caused more bloodshed, murder and robbery than any other institution known to man.”
He suggested that a number of “defense agencies” could be established as a system of checks and balances on each other.
He also alleged that, “To forbid the sale of arms to independent defense agencies by a single ‘limited’ government would be the use of initiatory force.” Other speakers included authors Murray Rothbard and Jerome Tuccille.
The diversity of the group attending the conclave was indicated by lapel buttons supporting Angela Davis, Laissez-faire capitalism, revolutionary anarchism and Students for a Democratic Society.
BRIEF BIOGRAPHIES OF THE PRESENTERS
Jeffrey St. John is a news commentator and journalist. He’s a columnist also. He does commentary for the CBS Spectrum series, he’s also the host of his own radio show on Sunday afternoons from 12 to 3, WMCA 570, which is Sunday with St. John.
Roy Childs is a freelance writer, frequent contributor to a number of libertarian publications, the author of some very controversial works, such as “Objectivism and the State” and articles of that nature.