Liberty International (organization)

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Liberty International (formerly International Society for Individual Liberty or ISIL[1]) 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[2][3] as the Society for Individual Liberty,[4] 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,[5][6] who became president of the new organization. Jim Elwood is the current executive director, with board members including Mary Ruwart and Ken Schoolland. The organization has members in over 80 countries.[7]


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.[2] 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.[8]

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