Past Speakers


Prof. Hans-Hermann Hoppe

Born in West Germany, Hoppe attended the Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, the Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt/M, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, for studies in Philosophy, Sociology, History, and Economics. He earned his Ph.D. (Philosophy, 1974) and his “Habilitation” (Sociology and Economics, 1981), both from the Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main.

He taught at several German universities as well as at the Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center for Advanced International Studies, Bologna, Italy. In 1986, he moved from Germany to the United States, to study under Murray Rothbard. He remained a close associate of Rothbard until his death in January, 1995.

An Austrian school economist and libertarian/anarcho-capitalist philosopher, he is currently Professor of Economics at UNLV, Distinguished Fellow with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Founder and President of The Property and Freedom Society (2006-present), and Editor-at-Large of the Journal of Libertarian Studies (2005-2009).


Dr. Walter Block

Walter Block earned his PhD in Economics at Columbia University. He is an author, editor, and co-editor of many books including Defending the Undefendable; Lexicon of Economic Thought, Economic Freedom of the World 1975-1995; Rent Control: Myths and Realities; Discrimination, Affirmative Action, and Equal Opportunity; Theology, Third Word Development and Economic Justice; Man, Economy, and Liberty: Essays in Honor of Murray N. Rothbard; Religion, Economics, and Social Thought; and Economic Freedom: Toward a Theory of Measurement.

Dr. Block has written more than 500 articles for various non-refereed journals, magazines and newspapers, and is a contributor to such publications like The Review of Austrian Economics, Journal of Libertarian Studies, The Journal of Labor Economics, Cultural Dynamics, and the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. He is currently a professor and chair of economics, college of business administration, at Loyola University.


Jeffrey Tucker

Jeffrey Tucker is the executive editor of Laissez Faire Books, an organisation that has been publishing and distributing books on liberty, with a focus on economics and finance, since 1972.

He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education, an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and an Acton University faculty member. He is also past editorial vice president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and past editor for the institute's website, His books include It's a Jetsons World: Private Miracles and Public Crimes and Bourbon for Breakfast: Living Outside the Statist Quo.


Neville Kennard

Neville Kennard (1937 - 2012) was a veteran Australian preaching and practising capitalist. Kennard had success in the real world, in fact his name is more recognisable and respected in Australia than words like “free-market”, “libertarian” and “classical liberal”. Maybe one day Kennard’s self-ownership will become half as popular as Kennards Self Storage. Kennard was the first chairman and the first donor of The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS), but was later highly critical of the think tank, as it kow-towed to the ruling class. Kennard was even endorsed by the Godfather/Ron Paul of Australian classical liberalism, Bert Kelly, as “splendid ... speaks my language ... brave.”


Dr. Ben O’Neill

Ben O'Neill is a Lecturer in Statistics at the University of New South Wales (Canberra) where he teaches courses in mathematics and statistics.  He holds a PhD in statistics and also has various graduate and undergraduate degrees in law, economics and actuarial studies, all undertaken at the Australian National University.  Dr O’Neill writes regular articles for the Ludwig Von Mises Institute and has also had his work published in academic journals such as The Mathematical Scientist, International Statistical Review, Journal of Approximate Reasoning, Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics and The Independent Review. In 2008 he won first prize in the Ross Parish essay contest and in 2009 he won first prize in the Templeton Fellowship essay contest.  He has formerly practiced as a lawyer and political advisor.


Dr. Chris Leithner

Chris Leithner received First Class Honours at McGill University, holds Masters degrees from Queens University and the Australian National University, and completed his PhD at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland). Dr Leithner is the Director of a private investment company. His most recent book is The Evil Princes of Martin Place: The Reserve Bank of Australia, the Global Financial Crisis and the Threat to Australians' Liberty and Prosperity.


Mark Hornshaw

Mark Hornshaw lectures in business and economics at the University of Notre Dame Australia, with a particular focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. He and his wife are home educators with six children involved in numerous home businesses.


Konrad Graf

Konrad S. Graf is the formulator of the action-based jurisprudence framework, which argues for new and more explicit applications of the action-theory principles of Mises and Hoppe within an integral approach to the foundations of legal philosophy. He has written numerous works on Bitcoin and monetary theory.

He has worked as a professional translator since 1998, translating Japanese to English primarily in the field of investment research. German is his third language. He has lived in the US, India, Japan, and Germany.


Vinay Kolhatkar

Vinay Kolhatkar is a Sydney-based writer and finance professional. Formerly, he was the Chief Investment Officer of a suite of funds invested internationally, and was the founding Chairman of the Great Energy Alliance Corporation. He is a non-resident fellow at Contraditório, a think-tank based in Portugal that advocates personal and economic liberty. He is the author of The Frankenstein Candidate: A Woman Awakens to a Web of Deceit, a political thriller.


Roy Cohen

Roy is an anarcho capitalist, freemarket , libertarian. He grew up in South Africa and graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with honours in business economics. He has been involved in the gold and diamond markets since graduating. He is a director of the GoldCompany, a precious metals and diamond trading company, and FirstGold, a gold and silver savings company.


Gerardo Hernandez

As a registered migration agent in Australia, Gerardo helps people to clear the legal hurdles imposed by governments when they decide to vote with their feet. In a previous life, in a country far away, he first chose to be an industrial engineer, then a banker, and then he ended up being a bank run survivor. In a lifetime quest for his logically consistent inner self, he explored, he resisted, but he inevitably accepted being an anarchist of the capitalist kind.


Maureen Nathan

Maureen Nathan is the author of a new series of Children's books, narrated by wise T. Owl. She was a founding member of the Workers Party in the 1970's and has continued to practice those principles with her business "The Original Gold Rush Colony" and more recently her perceived need for books for children to open the door to the Libertarian Ethos. Big topics are made simple, encouraging independent thought. Complementary illustrations by Dylan Chambers bring humour to the stories and captivate a wide audience of readers. With topics suggested either by a need seen or by parents, grand-parents and teachers, the books are designed as spring-boards for discussion and further research.


Austen Erickson

Austen Erickson is the Program Director of the Australian Taxpayers' Alliance and a Charter Team member for Students for Liberty. He is also on the executive of the Australian Libertarian Society, the organizer for Liberty on the Rocks Australia, and the President and co-founder of the Students for Liberty club at the University of New South Wales. He is pursuing his PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of New South Wales, and holds a Masters in Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University and undergraduate degrees in Mathematics, Physics, and Environmental Science from the University of Rochester. Motivated by a belief in the supremacy of voluntary interaction over state control, he hopes to help expand and strengthen the rapidly growing liberty movement in Australia and  New Zealand in whatever ways he can!


Nick Hubble

Nick Hubble is the co-editor of Australia's libertarian financial newsletter The Daily Reckoning, and editor of the retirement focused Money For Life Letter. He is doing a PhD at RMIT on what he calls Australia's Secret Sub-Prime Crisis.


Roderick Schneider

Roderick Schneider is a financial adviser from Brisbane. In his spare time he likes to take up the fight against socialism and alert people to loopy things Sarah Hanson-Young has said. Despite being pro small government, he is happy to make media appearances in programmes funded by the state, making regular appearances on Triple J’s Hack programme and once resorting to reality television on SBS participating in “Go back to where you came from.” Much to his surprise this  programme did not provide Roderick with a free trip to Hamilton, Victoria to visit his relatives. He is currently the Chair of the LNP’s Federalism and Decentralisation Policy Committee. These things are temporarily put on hold whenever the Carlton Football Club take the field.


Benjamin Marks

Benjamin Marks is editor-in-chief of


Ron Manners

Ronald B. Manners is an Australian businessman with over 50 years experience in the mining industry and is founder and Executive Director of the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, an Australian free-market think tank.


Andrew Dahdal

Andrew Dahdal is a lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University. He is presenting a paper on the constitutionality of paper money under the Australian Constitution, arguing that the founders envisioned only private issuance of money and did not wish for governments to get involved.


Dr. Chris Brown

Dr. Chris Brown was a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship at Swinburne University for three years, where he received his PhD, specializing in entrepreneurship. Prior to that he taught entrepreneurship and economics at the University of Northampton (Northampton, England). He received an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird University (Arizona, USA) and a Master's in Research Methods from Cranfield University in England. Chris has published articles with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, is the Editor of He currently owns a dental practice management company and manages the operations of two dental practices in Texas and Oklahoma.


Dr. Brian Bedkober

Being a medical doctor who understands the importance of economic and personal liberty, Brian Bedkober is a rare intellect. He has served as the National President of the Private Doctors of Australia, which started in 1968 as a disgruntled break-away group from within the statist Australian Medical Association. The organisation took umbrage at the AMA's readiness to negotiate with government on matters that were considered beyond the proper scope of government control. PDA's attitude towards government is based on a strong belief in individual rights, the sanctity of private property, the contractual nature of the doctor-patient relationship and the primacy of private practice.


Viv Forbes

Viv Forbes is Chairman of The Carbon Sense Coalition. He is Australia’s most productive libertarian, for each of the last 36 years, since he started the Workers Party in Queensland. He is a grandfather, sheep and cattle grazier, soil scientist and mining consultant.


Mark Tier

Mark Tier is an Australian writer and businessman who lives in Hong Kong “partly because paying taxes is against my religion.” A graduate in economics from the Australian National University, he began a PhD program in economics at UCLA. Founder of the investment newsletter World Money Analyst, which he published and edited until 1991, he is also the author of Understanding Inflation, which became a bestseller in Australia in 1974, and The Nature of Market Cycles.


Dr. David Hart

David Hart is the Director of Liberty Fund’s Online Library of Liberty Project. He has a Ph.D. in history from King’s College, Cambridge and taught for 15 years in the Department of History at the University of Adelaide before joining Liberty Fund.


Dr. Steve Kates

Steven Kates is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at RMIT University. He has previously spoken at the Austrian Scholars Conference and is a specialist in the history of economic thought, with particular emphasis on John Maynard Keynes and Say's Law. A recent book of his is titled Free Market Economics: An Introduction for the General Reader..


Dr. Stephen Kirchner

Stephen Kirchner is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the School of Finance and Economics, Faculty of Business, University of Technology Sydney.  His economics training was neo-classical, but he has heterodox leanings in the direction of Austrian, evolutionary and institutional economics (which is also the name of his blog).


Sukrit Sabhlok

Sukrit received a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne. In 2008, he was awarded the J.A. Aird Award for his expertise in public policy by the Institute of Public Administration. He is currently editor of the Journal of Peace, Prosperity and Freedom and has been published and interviewed in numerous newspapers and magazines.