Meet our speakers

Jack Spirko

Jack Spirko

The Survival Podcast

Promoting individual liberty is Jack Spirko’s greatest passion. He enjoys teaching critical thinking skills and what he calls “proactive apathy,” which is tuning out the issues that you can’t change while doing things to change what you can, starting in your own backyard. Jack’s show, The Survival Podcast, has 150,000 daily listeners.

Lou Perez

Lou Perez

We the Internet TV

Lou Perez is the Head Writer for We the Internet TV, winner of the 2017 Webby Award for Variety in Online Film & TV; half of the comedy duo Greg and Lou; and co-host of the political comedy podcast “Unsafe Space.”

Vin Armani

Vin Armani

The Vin Armani Show

Vin Armani is a philosopher, serial tech entrepreneur, and CryptoSavage. He has made his living as a television star, film producer, high-end male escort, software developer, art gallerist, pirate radio station operator, DJ, music producer, and motorcycle courier. He studied Philosophy at Howard University.

Carla Gericke

Carla Gericke

Foundation for New Hampshire Independence

Carla Gericke (JD, MFA) is a liberty advocate specializing in localized voluntarism, internet freedom, self-determination, and how responsible human action can lead to peace and prosperity. She is president emeritus of the Free State Project (2011-2016) and has lived in New Hampshire for a decade. Carla now serves as president of the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence, a 501c3 educational nonprofit that encourages Granite Staters to seek more independence from the federal government.

Gilles Bissonnette

Gilles Bissonnette

ACLU of New Hampshire

Gilles serves as the Legal Director for the ACLU of New Hampshire. There he has achieved significant victories in the areas of voting rights, free speech, LGBT rights, access to justice for indigent defendants, prisoner rights, immigrants’ rights, and criminal justice reform. Gilles has also taught multiple Continuing Legal Education courses on the First Amendment. Prior to joining the ACLU, Gilles was a civil litigator in Boston and clerked for Judge Thomas M. Golden of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Lyn Ulbricht

Lyn Ulbricht

Free Ross

Lyn Ulbricht is a political activist and advocate for individual freedom, privacy and criminal justice reform. She is also the mother of Ross Ulbricht, who was sentenced to double life without parole for all non-violent charges associated with his role in the Silk Road website. Having seen her only son incarcerated for life after a trial rife with proven corruption, Lyn is dedicated to fighting not only for Ross’ freedom, but for the thousands who have been victimized by our flawed criminal justice system and the drug war.

Veronique de Rugy

Veronique de Rugy

Mercatus Center

Veronique de Rugy is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a nationally syndicated columnist. Her popular weekly charts, published by the Mercatus Center, address economic issues ranging from lessons on creating sustainable economic growth to the implications of government tax and fiscal policies. In 2015, she was named in Politico Magazine's Guide to the Top 50 thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American Politics.

Will Wilkinson

Will Wilkinson

Niskanen Center

Will Wilkinson is Vice President for Policy at the Niskanen Center, overseeing the Center’s research and publications. Before coming to the Niskanen Center, Will was U.S. politics correspondent for The Economist, and is currently a columnist for Vox‘s The Big Idea section. His policy work centers on domestic social and economic policy, with a particular focus on economic growth, social insurance, criminal justice reform, and issues around the measurement of freedom, equality, and happiness.

Speakers Presenting “In Real Life” Talks

David Saad

David Saad

Right to Know New Hampshire

David Saad in President of Right to Know New Hampshire, a nonpartisan citizen coalition working to improve access to NH state, county, and local governments. He also serves as a member of the Planning Board in Rumney, NH, and is president of INFONETICS LLC, an information technology consulting firm he founded 30 years ago.

Drew Cline

Drew Cline

Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy

Jody Underwood

Jody Underwood

Croydon School Board

Jody Underwood, Ph.D., is a founder and owner of Bardo Project and is one of the faces of Bardo Farm. Her goal is to figure out ways to revolutionize education. She focuses on K-12 education both professionally and on her local school board, which recently instituted school choice and included private schools as part of the choice (which has caused a stir).

Michelle Levell

Michelle Levell

School Choice for New Hampshire

Michelle Levell has been active in state-level public policy, particularly education issues, since moving to New Hampshire in 2005. She is a founder of Granite State Home Educators, a statewide homeschool support organization. She also works with the Children’s Scholarship Fund – New Hampshire, a nonprofit scholarship organization that helps needy families across the Granite State.

Panelists

Brett Veinotte

Brett Veinotte

School Sucks Podcast

Brett Veinotte is a former teacher, teacher trainer and college admissions consultant. After a decade of diverse, eye-opening professional experience as an “educator,” he created the School Sucks Podcast to discuss his discoveries. As the show expanded, he focused in on a central mission of helping young people achieve greater individual liberty through self-knowledge, self-teaching and self-mastery.

Brian Sovryn

Brian Sovryn

Sovryn Tech

Dr. Brian Sovryn is the founder of and developer at Zomia Offline Games, as well as the creator and host of the podcast Sovryn Tech. His background in technology comes from years spent with multiple tech companies, the U.S. Army, and from being involved in the cypherpunk community since the late 1990’s. Brian also has a Doctorate of Divinity.

Stephanie Murphy

Stephanie Murphy

Sex & Science Hour

Dr. Stephanie Murphy is a voice actor and podcast host. She can be heard hosting the Sex & Science Hour and Let’s Talk Bitcoin podcasts, and as an audiobook narrator on Audible.com.

Tom Hudson

Tom Hudson

Up Rev Ninja LLC

Since moving to the New Hampshire coast, Tom founded the Seacoast Liberty group, opened the Praxeum, started the non-profit Human Action Foundation, and organized the Freecoast Festival. He launched the Up Rev Ninja podcast in June 2017, with the intent of leveling up all aspects of life for himself and his audience.

Moderators

Rodger Paxton

Rodger Paxton

Pax Libertas Productions

Jason Sorens

Jason Sorens

Ethics and Economics Education

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