International Society for Individual Liberty

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The International Society for Individual Liberty (ISIL) is a non-profit, libertarian educational organization based in San Francisco. It encourages activism in libertarian and individual rights areas by the 'freely chosen strategies' of its members. Its history dates back to 1969[1][2] as the Society for Individual Liberty,[3] founded by Don Ernsberger and Dave Walter. The current name was adopted in 1989 after a merger with Libertarian International was coordinated by Vincent Miller,[4][5] who became president of the new organization. Jim Elwood is the current executive director, with board members including Mary Ruwart and Ken Schoolland. ISIL has members in over 80 countries.[6]


The society sponsors an annual international conference which has attracted libertarian, classical liberal, and other political luminaries from Milton Friedman to the President of Costa Rica.[1] It also sponsors a variety of educational materials and member projects from its website, and in recent years has incorporated other libertarian entities such as Laissez Faire Books and the Freedom News Daily.[7]

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Coordinates: 37°47′25″N 122°24′15″W / 37.7903°N 122.4041°W / 37.7903; -122.4041