1985-2014 1-29 Seminars

Libertarian Seminars


No Dates Venue Topics Notes
1 1985 NeboEastern Free State 1. Conservation and endangered species – a libertarian view – Trevor Watkins Organizer -Frances Kendall following suggestion from Ria Crafford
2 1986 Mont-aux-Sources hotel   Organisers – Charl Heydenrych, Trevor Watkins. Security Police spy also attended.
3 1987 Little Switzerland Eugene Nyati, Wiseman Nkuhlu, Hertzog, James Mbetse Organisers – Terry Markman, Charl Heydenrych, Peter Kidson and Trevor Watkins
4 19887-13 Aug Royal Swazi Sun,MbabaneSwaziland 1. The worldwide revolution – Leon Louw2. Keynote address – John Hospers3. Fighting apartheid in the workplace – Albert Koopman4. Saving the inner cities – David Boaz

5. Untying the knot – Louise Tager

6. Selling Freedom to workers – Marc Swanepoel and David Maphumulo

7. Fighting the system – Lawrence Mavundla

8. Reaching the minds: strategy for change – Frances Kendall

9. Economic development and property rights – Steve Pejovich

10. Centralisation of power in SA and prospects for devolution – Frederick van Zyl Slabbert

11. Privatisation 1987 – the worldwide trend – Bob Poole

12. Once more with feeling – Bruce Evoy

13. The why and when of regulation and deregulation – Jim Johnston

14. Peace in the middle east through non-violence – Mubarak Awad

15. Changing attitudes on SA in America – Ned Munger

16. Future in our time (FIOT) – Hubert Jongen


Also present:

Jason Alexander, Barbara Branden, James Mbetse, Dr Steve Pejovich, , Hernando de Soto, Hubert Jongen, Bill Forster

4th World Conference of Libertarian International Organized by Frances Kendall, Leon Louw, Gail Day, Vince Miller, Jim Elwood, Bruce Evoy 

Swazi Times carried a front page headline article on Libertarians

5 1989 Sandford Lodge?Underberg?   Organised by Natal Libertarians, Symond Fiske, Jan Jack
6 1990 Indaba HotelJohannesburg20-23 Sep 1. Markets in Moscow – Leon Louw2. The future of the ANC – Willie Breytenbach3. The emerging constitution – Justice Pierre Olivier4. The big picture, who’s right, who’s left, who’s confused – Anna Starcke

5. Who represents non-socialist blacks? – Oscar Dhlomo

6. Obstacles to a Libertarian South Africa – Frederick van Zyl Slabbert

7. An overview of black politics – Mark Swilling

8. Who my friends will vote for – Kaiser Nyatsumba

9. What the right will accept – Karel Boshoff

10. Societies in transition – Nancy Seijas

11. Does South Africa need a classical liberal party? Gary Moore and Tony Leon

12. Making education work – Eustace Davie

13. Is Anglo a monopoly? – Dan Leach

14. The Land question – Martin Fey and Symond Fiske

15. Labour pains – Frank Vorhies

16. Overcoming historical injustices – Leon Louw

17. Redistribution illusions – Don Caldwell

18. Defending the new SA – Richard Grant

19. Constitutions, referendums – Frances Kendall

20. Crystal Ball Stokvel – predict the SA of 1994

Organiser – Nancy Seijas?
7 1991 Salt Rock HotelNorth KZN coast26-29 Sep   Organiser – Gavin Weiman 49 delegates
8 199210-13 Sep Cathedral Peak, Drakensberg 1. No more martyrs now – Don Caldwell2. Personality and Liberty  – Frances Kendall3. Politics and economics of gambling – Grant Kaplan4. Big bang, quagmire, vortex and other scenarios – Leon Louw

5. Affirmative action, apartheid and capitalism – Jim Peron

6. Shoot an elephant – save a species – Deborah Vorhies

7. Enviromentalism, the final battlefield – Frank Vorhies

8. Thomas Sowell, conflicting visions and Ayn Rand – Terry Markman

9. Rand vs Hayek – Gavin Weiman

10. Heads down for the depression! – Jim Harris

11. Lets party! Forming, organizing and marketing a libertarian party – Richard Yelland

12. Compulsory delinquency – Symond Fiske

Organiser – Jim Peron, Trevor Watkins, Gavin Weiman 42 delegates
9 1993 Sparkling Waters? 1. The things people know that ain’t so – Leon Louw2. Is Libertarianism in SA a lost cause? – Geoff Hemm3. A Wu Li view of Freedom – Linda Watkins4. The end of history – Libby Husemeyer

5. Total Economic Activity Levy – An alternative Tax System – Graham Robertson and Bob Shambrook

6. The way through the woods – Symond Fiske

7. Be armed or be damned – Richard Pascoe

8. Science against unreason – Jim Harris

9. Justice and law without the state – Nancy Seijas

10. Education in a non-coercive society – Eustace Davie

11. Taking ecology seriously – Jan Crafford and Steve Chown

12. Errors in Rand’s philosophy – Gavin Weiman

13. Do libertarians believe in a free press – Maureen Sullivan

14. The sexy factor – Frances Kendall

15. A better tax base – Trevor Nell

Organisers –  Gail Day, Velma Gore Ria Crafford prize awarded for 1st time to Frances Kendall for “The seXY factor”
10 199413-16 Oct The Nest, Drakensberg 1. Radical thoughts on what people believe and why – Leon Louw2. It could be better than you think: an analysis of the Bill of Rights – Gavin Weiman3. Democracy or mobocracy – Gail Daus4. Copyright – Jim Harris

5. From sound money to funny money – Eustace Davie

6. What’s at the top of the pyramid – Symond Fiske

7. The environment: a few practical hints – Roelof van der Merwe

8. Berton Braley : the bard of business – Linda Abrams

9. The RDP: is it worth it? – Norman Davis

10. Beyond objectivism – Peter Voss

11. Federalism: myth and reality – Gary Moore

12 Population control – Jim Peron

13. Freedom in cyberspace: a trip on the internet – Trevor Watkins

14. Why did the children of Waco have to die? – Peter Arnold

15. In defence of elitism – Velma Gore

16. A case study of terrorism in the meat industry – Nils Dittmer

17. Politicians are as black as they have been painted –  Frances Kendall

18. Deregulation of gambling – Graeme Levin

Organiser – Libby Husemeyer, Theresa Griessel
11 19958-10 Sep FranschhoekSwiss Farm Excelsior 1. Understandings the …isms – Conservatism, Objectivism, Liberalism, Libertarianism – Leon Louw2. Stolen property – what limits to restitution – Jim Harris3. A practical, local Libertaria (Sedgefield) – Trevor Watkins4. South Africa – economic policy without an economic philosophy (What are the prospects for a capitalist economy in the hands of socialists) – Hugh High

5. Once upon a time there was a virus… the truths, lies and outright fairy tales associated with the AIDS saga – Peter Arnold

6. Libertarians vs Libertines – Symond Fiske

7. A rational approach to the environment – Andrew Kenny

8. Prostitution, feminism and the law – Linda Day

9. The politics of freedom – Frances Kendall

Organiser – Trevor Watkins, Geoff Hemm Mark Shuttleworth attended this seminar.
12 1996 QwantaniSterkfontein DamEastern Free State 1.  Our new constitution: what went on behind the scenes, results & outlook – Leon Louw2. To whom should Libertaria belong – Symond Fiske3. Despite popular opinion, science is an essential component of a free world – Jim Harris & Garth Zietsman4. Freedom and economic growth – Terry Markman

5. Black Liberalism: a contradiction in terms? Themba Sono

6. The right to self-determination – Johann Enslin

7. Environmentalism as if reality matters – Kelvin Kemm

8. Porn again – Jim Peron


Organiser – Charl Heydenrych
13 1997 Harrismith   Gail Day
14 199824-27 Sep Everglades HotelNatal midlands 1. Race and ideology in SA – Frances Kendall2. Fraud vs Caveat Emptor – Jim Harris3. A constitution for Libertaria – Ron Weissenberg4. Bill Gates: 3rd millennium robber baron? – Gary Moore

5. Can individualists work as a team? – Theresa Griessel and Clive Barrett

6. Waco – the rules of engagement (movie)

7. Does God exist – Norman Davis

8. The benefits and hazards of religion – Terry Markman

9. Capitalism and Christianity in conflict – Jim Peron

10. Alternative health: Mumbo-jumbo? Gail Daus

11. Libertarians – society’s misfits? Garth Zietsman

12. Reinventing government – Leon van Wyk

13. Whither the new South Afica? – Russell Crystal

14. Child pornography: a victimless crime? – Leon Louw

Organiser – Frances Kendall?
15 1999     Organiser –
16 200022-25 Sep Alpine HeathDrakensberg 1. Hitler on the Zambesi – Jim Peron2. The coming revolution in education – Eustace Davie3. The game of life – Neil Emerick4.  Prospects for growth in SA – Jim Harris

5. AIDS—myths and misconceptions  – Leon Louw

6. Reports from the Frontline – Denis Beckett

7. IQ,  sanity, stupidity and madness – Symond Fiske

8. Debate: Can free markets operate on public property? – T Markman, L Louw,  J Harris

9. How can all the doctors be wrong? – Anthony Brink

10. Rhetorical Speaking — How to do it – Corne Bester

11. Taxi-ing towards disaster – Paul Pereira

12. Libertarian primer – Trevor Watkins

13. Black thinking / White thinking -Themba Nolutshungu

14. Lies, damned (anoma)lies and  stats – Garth Zietsman

Organiser – Trevor Watkins Herringbone band played at Barn dance 

Ria Crafford trophy instituted, won by Neil Emerick


Sponsored RAU students from Salsa


61 attendees

17 2001 Roode Vallei Country Lodge?Near Pretoria 1. Understanding liberalism – Marc Swanepoel2. Benevolence and Objectivism – Terry Markman3. Freewill 3Fdiceman Y2Kgame – Jim Harris4. Gambling on the internet – Graeme Levin

5. The New SA: Is Atlas shrugging? – Mark Heaton

6. The Bell curve: Does IQ matter? – Garth Zietsman

7. CS Lewis: the problem of subjectivism – Norman Davis

8. Was Objectivism a cult? – Jim Peron

9. Buddhism for Libertarians – Richard Yelland

10. Yoga and nuclear physics – David Sevitz

11. Libertarian scruples – Theresa Griessel & Clive Barratt

12. Gun control debate

Organiser – Gavin Weiman?
18 200226-29 Sep Golden GateFree State 1. The miracle of poverty – Leon Louw2. I have a dream that one … with the help of Jonathan Gullible – Janette Eldridge3. Free minds and free markets in a new form for kids – Barry Kayton4. The trouble with democracy – Garth Zietsman

5. Quality capitalism vs conventional capitalism – Ron Weissenberg

6. Libertarianism Schmibertarianism – Vivian Vermaak

7. People should butt out – liberty in public spaces – Jim Harris

8. Denationalise money – Eustace Davie

9. Ignore victimless crimes and convict real criminals: The facts – Jean Redpath

10. Drug patents, drug activists and access to drugs – Richard Tren

11. Workshop on Nigeria: Applying libertarian ideals to the real world – can it be achieved in Africa? – Therese Griessel

12. Enron et al: the solution – Gary Moore

13. Afro-optimism: Justified? – Kerrin Myres

14. e-Liberty – Neil Emerick

15. Consense: consent and common-sense – Trevor Watkins


Organiser – Gail Day?  Trevor Watkins had surgery during this seminar.


19 2003 Breakwater LodgeV&A Waterfront,Cape Town 1. Principles of good law – Leon Louw2. Health care: who is responsible? – Louise Botha3. People make a difference – Nic Marais4. Introducing Symond Fiske’s Our Principle Problem – Jan Jack

5. The adventures of Jonathan Gullible – A Free Market Odyssey – Janette Eldridge

6. Vox populi, vox diaboli – Geoffrey Wittenberg

7. The long road to equality – Duncan Andrew

8. Growth and transformation – Prof Brian Kantor

9. The tyraany of obsolete political labels – Prof Don Ross

10. How free are we? – Neil Emerick

11. Education, entrepreneurs and freedom – Barry Kayton

12. Nietzche for libertarians – Garth Zietsman

13. The cleanest, safest source of energy: Nuclear power – Andrew Kenny

14. Privatisation: why it applies to everything – Douglas Shaw

15. South Africa: the good news – Ron Weissenberg

16. Constitutional Freedom Foundation / Economic Freedom Movement – Trevor Watkins

Organisers – Barry and Betty Kayton
20 2004 27-28 Mar Free Market FoundationJohannesburg 1. Trip to Lindela Detention centre near Krugersdorp – Charl Heydenrych2. Jonathan Gullible Book Launch & Braai – Amagi ranch – Ken Schoolland3. The triumph of government! – At keeping citizens poor and elites rich. – Leon Louw4. Should criminals be punished? – Christian Michel

5. How wrong ideas survive and breed – Dr K Kemm

6. Debate – The War in Iraq – Barun Mitra / Ken Schoolland

7. Why I am not a democrat – I prefer freedom – Christian Michel

8. Changing South Africa – constitutional court, ballot box or diplomacy? – N Davis, M Mokoena

9. The Regulation Explosion.  How laws are ruining our lives – Dougie Shaw

10. Freedom evolves – Dr Jim Harris

11. More people believe in God than in themselves! Why can’t we sell Individual Freedom? -Panel discussion

12. Medical Monopolies – M Swanepoel

13. Individual rights and immigration wrongs – can they be reconciled? – Ken Schoolland

Organiser – Trevor Watkins, Leon Louw Billed as the 1st SA Individual Freedom Conference 

International guest speakers:

Ken Schoolland,

Christian Michel,

Barun Mitra



21 2005 Golden GateFree State 1. The Jonathan Gullible Game – Janette Eldridge2. The Constitutional Court and Supreme Court face off – Norman Davis3. Principle Poker – the game – Trevor Watkins4. The importance of principles – Neil Emerick

5. TAP-minarchy needs a growth-HOE – Jim Harris

6. The common sense of the common law – Gavin Weiman

7. Where’s our broadband? – Neil Emerick

8. Why Anarchy sucks – Richard Yelland

Organiser – Jim Harris
22 20065-8 Oct Nebo FarmEastern Free State  1. A slow, steady decline? – Trevor Watkins2. Fey on Farming and Freedom – Chris Fey3. Africa and Other Matters – Doug Shaw4. 9/11 Conspiracy theories – Norman Davis

5. The effect of Islamism on Western Freedom – Graeme Levin

6. Habits of highly effective countries – Leon Louw

7. Werewolves and Villagers game – Katie Louw

8. The Stakeholders myth – Gary Moore

9. The Welfare state we’re in – Richard Yelland

Organiser – Trevor WatkinsNorman Davis won Ria Crafford award
23 2007 Golden Gate    
24 2008 Golden Gate    
25 2009 FMF offices   G Zietsman, L Louw
  2010 None No conference held  
26 2011 Cape Town  09:00-09:45 Intro to Libertarianism Neil Emerick
09:45-10:15 Open borders and pacifism as libertarian principles Garth Zietsman
10:15-11:00 Free to fail? Lessons from financial failures Brian Kantor
11:30-12:00 Alternative order of distributed online coordination of law and money Piet le Roux
12:00-12:30 The Scorpions Constitutional Court Case Hugh Glenister
12:30-13:00 Seasteading Julian le Roux
14:15-14:45 Climate Change Andrew Kenny
14:45-15:30 Challenges facing the SA labour market Loane Sharp
16:00-16:20 The Cape Republic and secession from South Africa Jack Miller
16:20-17:20 SaveSA Brainstorming Session EveryoneSaturday
Time Topic Speaker Length (min)
09:00-10:00 A guinea fowl, Karl Marx, and a gravedigger walk into a bar Dawie Roodt
10:00-10:30 Sanction of the victim Gavin Weiman
10:30-11:00 Our experience at FreedomFest 2011 Vega5
11:30-12:30 How human individualism evolved: prehistoric markets drove brain growth, then big brains made collectivism unstable Don Ross
12:30-13:00 The moral case for liberty Garreth Bloor
14:15-14:35 The perils to freedom of scaremongering Ivo Vegter
14:35-15:00 Wealth distribution, equity and equality Stephen van Jaarsveldt
15:00-15:30 The experience of a South African libertarian in Canada Gary Moore
J Le Roux
27 2012 Grahamstown See program on separate page T Watkins, R Weissenberg
Ria Crafford award won by Roland Kroon





Prince Albert

Jeffreys Bay

See program on separate page

See program on separate page

C Bower, T Watkins
Ria Crafford award won by Danielle Roodt

T Watkins
Ria Crafford award won by Andrew Kenny



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