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 as the Society for Individual Liberty, 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, 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.
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. 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.
- History at ISIL site
- "About Us". isil.org.
- Rebecca E. Klatch, A Generation Divided: The New Left, the New Right, and the 1960s, University of California Press, 1999 ISBN 0-520-21714-4, 12, 231, 263
- "Ballot Access News - Founder of Libertarian International Dies". ballot-access.org.
- "Party mourns passing of International Society for Individual Liberty President". Libertarian Party.
- Liberty Guide
- Freedom News Daily
- Organizational Profile – National Center for Charitable Statistics (Urban Institute)