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August 10, 2017

Know Your Rights

Property rights have long been considered one of the pillars of prosperity in the modern world. Property rights include  the right to use goods you own, the right to earn income from these goods, the right to transfer these goods to others, and also the right to enforce any of the aforementioned rights against infringement. To work well, property rights must be defined and the possession of these rights enforced. But, this isn’t always the case in most African countries, thanks to  very poor property rights regimes. The poor bear the brunt. Property inherited without proper titled deed is dead capital, as the owners cannot make use of these properties as collateral for bank loans. A major way to tackle poverty in Africa will be […]
August 10, 2017

Africa: July 2017 Update

SFL – Great Lakes organize Intra-University Competitions, start new clubs SFL – Great Lakes – a platform which groups together SFL clubs in Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – organized competition events in universities in the countries to promote the project called “How to eradicate the barriers of prosperity and opportunity.” This project, with support from Network for a Free Society seeks to promote the ideas and institutions of a free society as a tool for eradicating the barriers to prosperity and opportunities through intra- and inter- university quiz competitions in these target East African countries. On July 19, 2017, a competition took place at the Catholic University of Bukavu with 87 participants, On July 26, 2017, SFL ISTEM organized its […]
August 1, 2017

5 Reasons Marxism has Nothing to Offer Millennials

By Ibrahim B. Anoba 1 August 2017 For millennials looking to shake off a dull weekend with a good economics or philosophy book, Marxism is one topic you might want to avoid. Anyone who has taken the time to read either Karl Marx or Friedrich Engels would, hopefully, realize just how lucky they are to live in a relatively free society. But for those who do manage to find some merit in Marxism, here are five things every millennial should consider before subjecting their minds to the oft-appealing ideology. 1. Millennials Love Choice, Marxism Rejects It Marxist doctrine discourages individual creativity in favor of state control over both social and economic aspects of life. It favors an economy dominated by the state, which is antithetical […]
July 27, 2017

Nigeria Needs More Entrepreneurship and Government has a Role

By Gbadegesin Tosin 27 July, 2017   Entrepreneurship is an important factor in the development of any nation. Entrepreneurs are responsible for taking calculated risks that open up doors to progressively higher levels of economic growth. If it were not for them, the world would never have known such marvels as the wheel, electricity or the Internet, to name just a few. Entrepreneurs are the veritable backbone on which the world and modern ideas continue to develop. The magnitude and reach of their contributions, however, extend much beyond the world of business and economy, and to them goes irrefutable credit for the growth and evolution of societies at large. Developed nations across the world owe their current prosperity to the collective effort of intrepid entrepreneurs, […]
July 26, 2017

You Will Go To Jail for This

“Overcriminalization,” which is the use and abuse of the criminal law instead of civil or administrative law to “solve” every societal problem and punish every mistake, is an unfortunate trend. The criminal law should be used to redress only blameworthy conduct, actions that truly deserve the greatest punishment and moral sanction. In many African societies, police are neither respected nor appreciated. They are feared and avoided and looked upon with scorn. Why is this so? They are supposed to serve and protect the people. The absence of the rule of law helps to create a space for police brutalities to go unpunished. Governments are fond of enacting criminal laws to score political points with an electorate that has been led to believe that outlawing more and […]
July 24, 2017

The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible Virtual Reading Group

The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible a SFL Virtual Reading Group The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible tells the story of a boy who becomes shipwrecked on an unfamiliar island after being swept out to sea in a storm. Having previously lived in a relatively free society, in this new strange land he experiences culture shock as he learns of bewildering laws and traditions of the island’s inhabitants. The story highlights the absurdities of the laws, the controls imposed on people’s lives, and the economic drawbacks of these laws. The laws highlighted are recognizable as common to many countries throughout the world. As the story unfolds, the part individuals in society play in political decision-making and personal responsibility is introduced for discussion. Application Deadline August 31st, 2017 […]
July 20, 2017

Applications Open for Young Voices’ Fall 2017 Advocate Program

Libertarian Nonprofit Looking for Talented Policy Writers Under 30 WASHINGTON, DC — Since 2013, Young Voices’ Advocate Program has been an invaluable resource in the liberty movement, proving pro bono media training and placement services for aspiring policy writers under 30. Young Voices’ writers (whom we call“Advocates”) have been published in, mentioned by, or interviewed by major media outlets including The Daily Beast, Forbes, The Glenn Beck Program, National Review, Newsweek, Playboy, Teen Vogue, SiriusXM, Sky News, USA Today, and VICE. A rigorous application process helps Young Voices’ staff identify the brightest rising stars in the liberty movement. Upon acceptance into the program, each new Advocate has access to Young Voices’ staff of editors and media experts. Young Voices acts as a nonprofit PR agency, […]
July 20, 2017

Employing the Rule of Law to Advance Liberty and Good Governance in Nigeria

By Victoria Olagbegi-Oloba 20 July, 2017 Just as aptly submitted by Kofi Bentil, the concept of Rule of Law is the principle that governments must be governed by well-defined set of laws that binds all within a particular jurisdiction.  The rule of Law among others entails fairness, equality before the law, respect for human rights, life and personal properties, just and equitable treatment of all as opposed to the arbitrary treatment of the masses by the leaders, government and government officials. To this end, respect for the rule of law is key to the overall development and stability of every African nation and in this case, Nigeria. The key idea of the rule of law is that the law should apply equally to all that […]
July 17, 2017

“A Freer & Saner Society” Why You Should Check Out Liberty in Africa

Continuing our drive to ensure that students participate in the Liberty in Africa course, here’s a look at what  those who have already taken the course and evaluated themselves, had to say about  their experience. Here is what Aderemi has to say about Liberty in Africa: “The African Liberty course is an opener at understanding some basic tenets of a free and just society in Africa. The course afforded me the opportunity to understand African culture and the role colonialism played on African society and development. The lecture on cronyism aided an insightful analysis on how government and their loyalists underpin the actual doctrine of liberty by engaging in a loyalty-reward economic theory which many misconstrue as a capitalist setting. It is more revealing on […]
July 10, 2017

AFRICA: JUNE 2017 UPDATE

Eritrean Students For Liberty organize seminar on Liberty and Free Society. On June 24, 2017 Eritrean Students For Liberty led by Executive Board Member, Bekit, with support from Network For a Free Society hosted a full day seminar on “Liberty & Free Society from the Eritrean Perspective.” The Seminar was held at the Tangaza University College in Nairobi, Kenya and attracted 42 participants from the Eritrean, Kenyan and the South Sudanese communities. Presentations were made on Freedom and the Role of Government, The Institution of a Free Society and Toleration by various speakers among them Teklemariam Bekit, Linda Kavuka, Andreas and Rita Mazzocchi.   University of Nigeria Liberty Forum The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) was host to the ASFL Campus Liberty Train on the 3rd […]
July 10, 2017

Learn About Economic Growth in Africa

“The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer,” this phrase is very common and many people accept it as fact without checking out its validity. This logic imagines that the wealth of a nation is like a pie and that if someone has a larger slice, it is at the detriment of another. Fortunately, wealth and wealth creation don’t actually follow this flawed logic. SFL has teamed up with Temba Nolutshungu, a director at the Free Market Foundation, to combat this misconception in the  Liberty in Africa course on SFLAcademy. The course looks at the difference between creating jobs and creating wealth, what causes economic booms, how the state can ensure economic freedom and wealth creation, and how inequality can be reduced […]
July 9, 2017

Freedom of Speech, Tool for Advancing Liberty in Nigeria

By Ojekunle Alex Aderemi 9 July 2017 Freedom of speech is the right to communicate one’s opinions and ideas without fear of government retaliation or censorship. The term freedom of expression is sometimes used interchangeably, but includes any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used. In Nigeria for example, government’s restriction of speech related to libel, slander, obscenity, pornography, sedition, incitement, fighting words, classified information, copyright violation, trade secrets, non-disclosure agreements, right to privacy, right to be forgotten, political correctness, public security, public order, public nuisance and oppression occur with varying limitations. Whether these limitations can be justified under the harm principle depends upon whether influencing a third party’s opinions or actions adversely to the second party constitutes such harm or not. Governmental and other compulsory organizations often have policies restricting the freedom of speech […]