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Welcome to the
International Society for Individual Liberty

“The world’s premier freedom networking organization”

The International Society for Individual Liberty (ISIL) is an association of individuals and organizations dedicated to building a free and peaceful world, respect for individual rights and liberties, and an open and competitive economic system based on voluntary exchange and free trade. ISIL currently has members and representatives in over 100 countries.

Members and affiliated organizations pursue our goals through independent action, using their own freely-chosen strategies. The association exists to promote the exchange of information and ideas, to study diverse strategies, and to foster fellowship.

For a quick introduction to our principles of liberty, click here for Philosophy of Liberty flash animation or on a downloadable pamphlet In Pursuit of Liberty.

ISIL is building networks, organizations, and grassroots educational outreach around the world via our "Johnny Appleseed" strategy, including:

  • Print and Internet liberty publications
  • Sponsoring book translations in dozens of languages
  • Sponsoring overseas youth-oriented Liberty Camps
  • Organizing international conferences

For a good overview, go to About ISIL.

Shanghai 2012

ISIL Asia Regional Conference

Hilton DoubleTree Hotel
Huaqiao/Kunshan, China
July 20-23, 2012

You have a unique opportunity this summer to meet members of the growing free-market movement in China as well as other fascinating libertarians from around the world, and also enjoy the opportunity to explore this ancient and exotic country with our post-conference tour options.  ISIL is co-sponsoring the Austrian Economics Summit/ISIL Asia Regional Conference, and you are invited to participate in this exciting, historic event!

Along with the fall of the Soviet Union, the world’s most momentous story of the last 30 years has been the rise of China from communist basketcase to a largely free-market economic powerhouse, yet still under the rule of the Communist Party.  The situation is highly complex.

Li Zhao Schoolland, a native of mainland China, informs us that there is a considerable free-market intellectual network in China.  Hayek’s The Constitution of Liberty has been a best-seller.  Many other translated works on liberty are widely available.

The past two years, Li has organized highly-successful student Austrian Economics Summer Seminars at Northeastern University in Shenyang, and will do a third one in July, 2012.  ISIL has provided financial support to these student seminars.

Li is also organizing this Austrian Economics Summit/ISIL Regional Conference in Shanghai at the Huaquio/Kunshan Hilton/Double Tree Hotel, running from evening July 20th through the 22nd, with checkout on the 23rd , plus post-conference tour options. 

ISIL is co-sponsoring the conference as an Asian regional event, and is encouraging international libertarians to attend, and to explore this fascinating country.

The goal of the 2012 Shanghai conference is to expound on free-market ideas to a Chinese audience and to learn what free-market economists are doing in China. There will be three groups in attendance: 1) international attendees who are interested in both free markets and China; 2) Chinese academic and research economists who are interested in free-market ideas; and 3) university students who want to learn about free-market principles that are not taught in China.

This symposium is not affiliated with any government institutions in China. Therefore it is not registered with the Chinese government, but it is totally safe. Li just returned from a two-week planning trip to Shanghai where she met with many of the libertarian activists and academics. The Chinese label this summer symposium "a private intellectual dialogue, aiming to help China to grow."


Sign up now and enjoy a great bargain on the all-inclusive conference package (three nights at the 5-star Hilton DoubleTree Hotel, conference program, opening reception, coffee breaks, and all meals including the gala closing banquet. 

The All-Inclusive Bargain Conference Package for Shanghai is just US$910 (shared room), and US$1,066 single room. 

You can sign up on-line at , or call ISIL HQ at +415-859-5174, or mail check or CC info to ISIL, 237 Kearny St. #120, San Francisco, CA 94108-4502, U.S.A.


China is a fascinating combination of the world’s most ancient civilization and most dynamic, futuristic society.  This is your chance to explore the exotic sights, cuisine and culture of this incredible country.

“Tourist” Option (July 23-31): See the popular sites like Shanghai, Wuzhen – ancient river town, Guilin – otherworldly mountains and cavern, Xian – the thousands of terra cotta warriors, Beijing – Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Great Wall, “Birds Nest” Olympic Stadium.  Tour ends in Beijing – checkout July 31.  Shared rate US$1633/Single room $1959.

“Explorers” Option (July 23-29):  See the natural beauty of the interior.  Guilin, boat cruise down Li River to Yangshuo, Kunming – Stone Forest, Lijiang – ancient city of Naxi people and mountain views. Arrive at Shanghai airport on 29th.  Shared rate: US$1897.  Single room: $2007.

Both tours include hotels, all meals, sites and tour travel (including a few internal air flights).  Tips not included.

More details are on the conference website at:

If you have further questions, please contact Li Schoolland at email:, or call 1-808-389-3896.

Help Students to Benefit from the ISIL Conference
ISIL has sponsored hundreds of students, mainly from the ex-communist countries, to the recent conferences.  The students, who could otherwise not hope to afford the conference, have benefited greatly from the speakers and by meeting international libertarians.  Many have gone home full of ideas and inspiration and have formed organizations and publishing projects, or become teachers and organizers of the Liberty English Camps for youth education that have also been supported by ISIL.

Our goal for Shanghai is 50 students.  More if we can afford more.  We expect to bring them this year primarily from other Asian countries.  The students are responsible for their own travel, and must pay at least a token registration.  No such thing as a free lunch!

Each scholarship will cost $800.  We seek to raise $40,000 to bring in all these young people.

This is a great investment in the future growth of the global liberty movement.  Please go to the ISIL Donation page to contribute to the ISIL Conference Scholarship Fund.  Any amount appreciated! (These contributions to ISIL are tax-deductible in the USA).

Philosophy of Liberty

Our celebrated introduction to the

Learn more about libertarianism, the world's premier philosophy of liberty, peace and prosperity. This brief, enjoyable flash animation "The Philosophy of Liberty" will show you the answers. Now available in 37 languages in multiple formats at: With the rapidly unfolding events in the Middle East, we rushed to complete the new Arabic version of POL. We are getting lots of visits from the region.

Help "Jonathan Gullible" reach more young people around the world

ISIL president Ken Schoolland's charming fable The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey tells the story of a boy from a libertarian land who gets shipwrecked on a statist island and is shocked by the strange customs. Each tale illustrates a principle of free-market economics in a light-hearted satirical style. Highly popular with high-school and university students, it has won numerous awards and endorsements from luminaries like Milton Friedman, John Stossel and Walter Williams.

Largely through ISIL's global network and support from ISIL members, Jonathan Gullible has been published in 46 languages - by far the record for a
libertarian book. See news reports of this progress at: English and Spanish copies are available through Laissez Faire Books.

Your donations to ISIL's Jonathan Gullible Fund will enable the translation and publishing of Jonathan Gullible books for students in still more
developing countries.

Laissez Faire Books Logo


Our friends at Agora Financial LLC, the new owners of Laissez Faire Books, are giving an exclusive 10% discount to current contributing ISIL members.  LFB remains the world’s premiere source of libertarian books and videos on liberty principles and a wide variety of
today’s hot issues.  Check here for current selection.

To get your ISIL member discount code and other ISIL benefits, join ISIL today.  (Contributions are tax-deductible in the USA).


Liberty Camp Photo

For over a decade, ISIL has supported dozens of youth camps in Lithuania and other East European countries. Through ISIL's global network, the camps are now being organized in Africa and Asia.

Liberty Youth Camps teach the principles of liberty and entrepreneurship to foreign high-school and university students, while improving their English skills. Many graduates teach or organize subsequent camps.

Many graduates of Liberty Youth Camps also go on to start libertarian organizations in their countries. Graduates are also going go on to hold important positions in business, education and government -- with the promise of becoming libertarian leaders of their countries.

More details on several upcoming camps, plus photos and an excellent short video on past Liberty Camps are at Also see information on recent camps in Lithuania at: and in Georgia at

Many of these students come from extremely poor countries, and could never afford to enjoy the benefits of a camp on their own, so your support is needed to bring them to these camps. ISIL's Liberty Camp Fund donations (tax-deductible in the USA) may be made by clicking here.

Green Plant

     Almost everyone agrees there is global warming – the question is how much – and how much of it can be attributed to human-generated CO2 – and how much of it to natural causes?
Click here for the latest updates on the subject.


    Jarret Wollstein

    Towards Liberty is a regular column by ISIL Director Jarret Wollstein. These reports will alert readers to new threats to our liberties and offer some solutions.
    Today's column:


    – "SEZ WHO?" –

    Sharon Presley "Sez Who?" is an occasional column by social psychologist and Laissez Faire Books co-founder Sharon Presley.
         Dr. Presley provides valuable insight into how to avoid being intimidated and bamboozled by pernicious authority.
         Her most recent column:

    An archive of past columns is available here.

    Ayn Rand 1


    Click here for a series of articles and commentaries on this remarkable woman who so strongly influenced the libertarian movement.

    – International Movement News –

    Here is some of the latest progress in ISIL and around our fast-growing world liberty network. [E-BULLETINS COMMING SOON!]

    – Profiles on Liberty –

    In "Profiles on Liberty" will be featuring profiles on many heroic individuals and their work as they strive to build free societies in some of the most unlikely spots around the world.
    Click here for a profile on James Shikwati of Kenya's Inter-regional Economic Network.

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