LOTR Happy Hour w/ Tony Ryan of LEAP

Join LOTR for another great happy hour in Denver! Topic of the night? Prohibition vs Legalization, with special guest Tony Ryan of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).

Tony Ryan, board member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, was a Denver police officer for more than 36 years. During his career, Tony received numerous awards from the Denver Police Department, including the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, the Merit Award, and the Community Service Award. He was also named Footprinters Officer of the Year and received a Life Saving Award from the Denver Fire Department. Through his experiences as a police officer enforcing the war on drugs, Tony has come to believe that our current marijuana policy is a failed policy for many reasons, particularly its effect on law enforcement. As a law enforcement officer with front-line experience, he will tell stories from a unique perspective and explain why a legalized, regulated model is the best approach.


When: Wednesday, September 19 from 6-9pm

Networking from 6-7pm
“30-Second Soapbox” till 7:15
20-Minute Talk w/ Mr. Ryan @ 7:15pm

Where: Choppers Sports Grill | 80 S. Madison Street in Denver

Happy Hour: How Gov’t Can Seize Your Property

How do we stop something we know nothing about? Answer: we don’t!

Stop by our next LOTR happy hour in Denver for plenty of networking, great conversation and good drink specials (till 6:30). We will be joined by featured guest Eapen Thampy, the Executive Director of Americans for Forfeiture Reform. We’ll hear a brief discussion from Eapen around 7:15pm. Networking and happy hour starts at 6!

Mr. Thampy hails from Columbia, MO, where he founded his organization in 2010. Previously, Eapen studied economics and mathematics at the University of Missouri-Columbia and worked in the wine industry.

When: Wednesday, August 15 from 6-9pm
Where: Choppers Sports Grill | 80 S. Madison St., Denver

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What is Asset Forfeiture?

Asset forfeiture laws allow American state and federal law enforcement agencies extraordinary powers to raise revenues through the seizure of private property.

As federal and state criminal and civil laws multiply and are enforced by ever-growing bureaucracies, asset forfeiture has come to represent the most serious assault on the right to private property in the U.S. today, and is implicated in a number of serious issues of law and governance, including the federalization and militarization of domestic law enforcement, the emergence of de facto private prosecution, the existence of the War on Drugs, and the emerging regulatory burden faced by businesses operating in the United States and abroad.

LOTR Happy Hour w/ Econ Professor Alexandre Padilla!

How Deep Is the Rabbit Hole?

Join us for happy hour this Wednesday evening, where we will be joined by special guest Professor Alexandre Padilla from Metropolitan State College. The main event for the evening will be a discussion about Public Choice Theory and why it matters. But as always, we’ll first kick things off with plenty of networking, cocktails and great discussion.

Main Event
Public Choice Theory analyzes the political process from an economics standpoint – and we can now easily understand why it has been labeled a “dismal science”! Among other things, the professor will explain why the mechanisms set up to ensure government works well are doomed to fail every time. The short discussion will begin at 7:30 and will run till 8pm. Q & A to follow.

When: Wednesday, July 11th from 6-9pm
Where: Choppers | 80 S. Madison Street in Denver
What: Happy Hour w/ Professor Alexandre Padilla!

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More about Professor Padilla:

Alex Padilla is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Metropolitan State College of Denver. He obtained his bachelor, master, and doctorate in Economics from the University of Law, Economics, and Science of Aix-Marseille in France. His primary research interests are in the fields of applied microeconomics, industrial organization, and law and economics.

He is also the Director of the Exploring Economic Freedom Project at MSCD, which is dedicated to educating students and the general public about the role of economic and political freedom in promoting entrepreneurship, economic growth, prosperity, and peace.

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LOTR Happy Hour: Discussing Political Authority w/ Prof. Huemer of CU Boulder

Join us this Wednesday for another Liberty on the Rocks Denver happy hour!

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The theme for this week’s event is political authority. Where does political authority come from? By what mechanism does the Constitution bind us all? Can we as individuals morally say “no” to government officials? Why do people view an IRS agent collecting taxes differently than extortion from the mafia? Philosophy Professor Michael Huemer of CU-Boulder will address these issues of political authority and the many problems with social contract theory this Wednesday at Choppers Sports Bar and Grill in Cherry Creek.

We will kick things off at 6:30 with another liberty speak out contest to see who gets to wear the crown! Anyone is welcome to participate and/or cheer on their favorite liberty advocate.

As always, we will meet in the back room of Choppers Sports Grill in Cherry Creek from 6-9pm. Join in anytime, and bring your friends!

Learn more about Professor Huemer of CU-Boulder Here

When: Wednesday, May 16 from 6-9pm
Where: Choppers Sports Grill | 80 S. Madison Street in Denver

Denver HH: Are There Limits to Privatization?

Join fellow liberty lovers this Wednesday for social networking, cocktails and a lively discussion by Harris Kenny of The Reason Foundation on the topic of privatization.

Mr. Kenny will share research he has done to showcase the successful attempts at privatization, and will answer questions from the audience following his presentation. So get ready to push the envelope over the discussion of the ultimate question – what is the true role of government?

When: Wednesday, April 18 from 6-9pm
Where: Choppers | 80 S. Madison in Denver

Plus! Stop in between 6:30-7pm to participate in a new communications building exercise. We will be looking for volunteers willing to stand up and advocate for liberty (in the comfort of the bar of course!) – and we hope you will be one of them!

Happy Hour Specials
$5 Burger & Fries
1/2 off House Wine Until 6:30pm

Liberty on the Rocks Happy Hour: Discussing the Financial Crisis

Join fellow liberty enthusiasts this Wednesday night at Choppers Sports Grill for happy hour, networking, and a brief discussion about the economic recession and the economy.

We will be joined by special guest Brian Ochsner, a political activist with an extensive financial background. He will provide a short presentation on the topic: “What Caused The Financial/Economic Crisis… What We Can Do to Get Out of It… and How Liberty Activists Can Protect Themselves From an Economic Downturn.”

During this brief discussion, Brian will reveal the causes of the financial recession, and share his insights on the only two options currently available to the federal government to fix our economic problems; explaining which option is the best, and which one is the most dangerous (guess which option our government has taken?!). Finally, he will provide tips and strategies for what liberty-minded people can do to protect their wealth and weather this ‘perfect financial storm.’

When: Wednesday, February 1st from 6-9pm
Where: Choppers Sports Grill | 80 S. Madison Street in Denver

Ring in the New Year with Liberty on the Rocks in Denver !

Get ready to start the new year off right with Liberty on the Rocks happy hour at Choppers in Cherry Creek! Join fellow liberty enthusiasts as we gather to toast to liberty and freedom, while sharing ideas and strategies for winning the war of ideas in 2012 and beyond.

We will also be joined by special guests Stephen Bailey and Anders Ingemarson, who will be delivering brief talks discussing some of Ayn Rand’s novels as part of the national Free Books for Teachers Project.

When: Wednesday, January 4 from 6-9 pm
Where: Choppers Sports Grill | 80 S. Madison Street in Denver
What: Happy Hour + Discussions on Ayn Rand!

Stop by any time between 6 and 9 pm to grab a drink, enjoy great conversation, and make new liberty-loving friends in Denver!


$5 Burger & Fries
$1 off Dry Dock pints, $3 off Dry Dock Pitchers

Ayn Rand Book Talks
Mr. Bailey will be talking about Ayn Rand’s Anthem. The main them will
be how Anthem, although written before, is a logical sequel to Atlas
Shrugged and illustrates one, non-political and non-economic, thread common
to all of Ayn Rand’s works.

Mr. Ingemarson’s topic will be “Friends and Foes of Atlas Shrugged.” Based
on personal experience, Anders will discuss different responses to the
novel, if there is a way to predict an individual’s reaction to reading the
book, and how to use Atlas in your activism.

Join Professor John Cochrane @ LOTR (RR) in January!
LOTR (Red Rocks) will be kicking-off their 2012 Austrian Economics
programming with an “intro” segment on January 16, featuring Dr. John P.
Cochran, former Dean of the Business School and a current professor of
economics at the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Dr. Cochran is a
Senior Scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute and is the co-author of The
Hayek-Keynes Debate: Lessons for Current Business Cycle Research. Additional
details about this distinguished speaker may be found here.

Free Market Happy Hour Activity + Immigration Discussion

Join us tomorrow night for another Liberty on the Rocks happy hour!

LOTR is THE place to network, make new friends and learn of opportunities to become informed or involved. This week we will kick things off with a 15-20 minute game that will not only be entertaining, but a great lesson in economics and free trade! We will also be joined by special guest Anders Ingemarson who immigrated to the United States from Europe in 1994, becoming an American citizen in 2002. He will discuss his perspective on the topic of immigration, and why he believes it is an extremely important topic to consider.

When: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 from 6-9 pm
Where: Choppers Sports Grill | 80 S. Madison Street in Denver
What: Free Market Activities + Immigration + Beer!

So bring your family and friends and come on out to celebrate liberty with your free market friends! RSVP on Facebook.

$5 Burger & Fries

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Liberty on the Rocks Happy Hour: Discussing Immigration

Are you looking to meet others in Denver who view capitalism and free trade positively? Do you like chatting about politics with others over a cold beer and a good burger? Then Liberty on the Rocks happy hour is calling your name!

Join us on Wednesday night, November 16 from 6-9 pm at Choppers Sports Grill to make new friends, enjoy conversation and hear about pertinent topics related to free markets and liberty.

ACTIVITY NIGHT! Why Does Free Trade Work So Well?

We are excited to announce that all willing attendees will be participating in a 15-20 minute game this Wednesday, that will not only be entertaining, but a great lesson in economics as well!

Special Guest – Anders Ingemarson discussing the topic: “A Nation of Immigrants”

We will be joined this week by Anders, who is himself an immigrant to America. He will share his viewpoint on the immigration issue, and why the topic is very much related to liberty and freedom.


$5 Burger and Fries

More about Mr. Ingemarson:

Anders Ingemarson is American by choice. He immigrated to the United States from Europe in 1994 and became an American citizen in 2002.

Anders has been an information technology specialist for the past 10 years. As a citizen activist, Anders is a staunch champion of liberty, individual rights and Capitalism. He is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, a member the Colorado Front Range Objectivist community and a supporter of the Ayn Rand Institute.

As a speaker, Anders applies the principles of liberty, individual rights, and Capitalism to a wide range of subjects such as education, foreign policy, American Exceptionalism, and immigration, while drawing on his international background to provide insights into the differences between European and American thinking.

Anders received his BA in Finance, Economics and Management from Stockholm School of Economics, and an M Ed in Montessori Education from Loyola College in Maryland.

Can Free Markets Alleviate Poverty? Join us in Denver to discuss… over beer!

Why is it that some countries are poor while others are wealthy? If we could answer that question, wouldn’t millions of people around the world be better off? Well we can answer that question, yet people still suffer in many parts of the globe. If you are interested in learning more about how free trade promotes prosperity, you won’t want to miss happy hour this Wednesday night!

When: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 6-9 pm
Where: Choppers Sports Grill | 80 S. Madison Street in Denver
What: A Happy Hour Discussion on Free Trade

Grab a glass of your favorite beverage, pull up a chair and get to know other liberty enthusiasts in the Denver area while talking politics and philosophy to your hearts content!

That’s what Liberty on the Rocks Denver is all about.

So join us this Wednesday night as we host special guest Rich Mitchell, Executive Director of the PIER Institute, to discuss the topic of Free Trade, and how he is literally helping to promote it through his work.


$5 Burger & Fries
$1 off Dry Dock pints & $3 off pitchers

About Rich Mitchell:

Rich Mitchell designed the PIER Institute’s development model, created the Institute, and leads their policy and research initiatives. He has significant experience in international relief work, participating in relief and development projects in countries as diverse as Colombia and post-tsunami Sri Lanka. As a business attorney, he has more than 13 years experience in corporate, securities and nonprofit law representing start-up enterprises as well as international companies. In 2003, he spent six months in Costa Rica studying Spanish and interned at a Costa Rican law office. He has also taught more than 25 college courses including the subjects of International Business and U.S. Business Law. Mr. Mitchell received his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law.

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