Did anyone go to the ISFL Conference in DC last weekend?Submitted by LunaTech on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 12:43
I went and had a great time. I had the privilege to meet Jack Hunter Nick Gillespie and Julie Borowski. Those were some of the more familiar names I think to you guys even though I met a lot of interesting activists and personalities there. There were about 1,300 of us.
Then I was at the Stossel recording It was 10 minutes in and I had no clue that I had sat just seats away from Jan Helfeld!! That was a real surprise. He is a really nice guy with a good sense of humor. And all of the other students were cool as they come. It was a great experience I encourage those who hadn't been or never heard of it to attend.
The event was held at the Grand Hyatt and the conference was un the dungeon of the hotel. That hotel actually has an area you can walk to at that level that takes you straight to the underground railway system. That was the first time I have ever been on a subway and it was tense. Those things make so much damn noise.
The first day there were awards held for the individual students and student organizations who had notably impressive impact in their local communities. I had no clue how strong the organization was in certain areas. There were Africans and South Americans and Asians from many of those different countries, I couldn't believe they came so far it was incredible. One of the winners who I can't quite remember or find the information on was from a south American country and her and her 3 starting members grew their organization to a network of over 200 students in that area. After the awards the keynote speaker was the owner of Wholefoods who gave a presentation about conscious capitalism. And then the next day there were at least 50 seminars given all over the building and you basically picked which you wanted to go to throughout the day from the morning till the afternoon. And then there was stossel.
Gary Johnson came to speak where he said he ran as a libertarian disguised as a republican, which got alot of applause. And then Dennis Kucunich who spoke against banks but for non for government managed healthcare, boy what a doozy.. And the usual guests on Stossel. I think the most memorable part of Stossel was during when Anne Coulter came out. She got mixed reaction from the audience when coming out. It was pretty clear that the only reason she existed to be there was to cause a ruckus, its all part of the show. Everyone knows she's a waste of time. She called us everything from pussies to morons to only being for marijuana legalization to pander to liberals. And the best part... When a student asked her who she gets her philosophy from she said.. "Uhhhh.... well Hayek." And the whole room burst out laughing.
I encourage people to consider going in other years if you get the opportunity. Its alot of fun, esspecially if you go with friends