Australia/NZ Blog

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 13, 2017

Is Global Freedom of Expression Dangerous?

The Internet helped bring to light all the nasty, disagreeable, twisted, and downright insane ways of thinking humans are capable of. Every nation’s legal system has its own toleration levels, of course, and the debate may never end on just how much should be allowed. The conversation changes when you bring in the matter of national security, though. Offending people is one thing. Helping to bring down your country is another. The way we think about freedom of speech and expression in the age of globalization is indeed a matter of national security because terrorists, just like everyone else, have long been leveraging the Internet for their purposes. Regions all across the globe are grappling with the dilemma of adhering to the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human […]
March 31, 2017

Coup in Venezuela
Students Need Your Support

We’ve just gotten word from Estudiantes por la Libertad (EsLibertad) staff that the situation in Venezuela is deteriorating rapidly after President Maduro moved to solidify his power by stripping the National Assembly of its authority through a high court action. CNN says: The court ruled that all powers vested under the legislative body will be transferred to the Supreme Court, which is stacked with government loyalists. The ruling effectively means the three branches of the Venezuelan government will be controlled by the ruling United Socialist Party. The opposition has been taken out of the picture. EsLibertad Program Director Julio Clavijo reports: He is formalizing the dictatorship the country was living in. There is a high possibility that presidential elections which are due to take place in […]
March 22, 2017

Job Opportunity:
Human Rights Foundation

The following is a message from our friends at the Human Rights Foundation. Human Rights Foundation is hiring a San Francisco-based Strategy Associate SAN FRANCISCO (March 20, 2017) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies. HRF unites people in the common cause of defending human rights and promoting liberal democracy. Today we are announcing an opportunity to join our team in the position of Strategy Associate. This is a unique chance to join a dynamic and high-achieving development and communications team as it works to grow HRF’s support base, engage new communities, and expand HRF’s global profile. Grounding our work in a deep commitment to individual liberty, HRF aims to raise […]
January 31, 2017

The Gold Standard

about We are delighted to share with you our new magazine, The Gold Standard. To be available in hard-copy at O-Week across Australian and New Zealand universities, it is a collection of works from Australian and Kiwi students, academics and activists about liberty, covering diverse disciplines, viewpoints and perspectives. Our first edition features a range of students and distinguished figures in the liberty movement, such as economist Dr. Mikayla Novak, entrepreneur and writer Peter Fenwick, and philosopher Dr. Jamie Whyte. Articles include: Privatising Marriage – Andie Moore The Time for VSU is Now – Will Joseph Open Borders: Economically Beneficial, Morally Virtuous – Dr. Mikayla Novak Pokemon Go: A Win for Free Markets – Adrian Morris Lose the Lord’s Prayer – Chris Ashton How to […]
January 30, 2017

Local Coordinator Program, SFL Australia/NZ

The Students For Liberty Local Coordinator Program is the premier program for actively advancing the ideas of free markets and individual liberty on college campuses. SFL Local Coordinators (LCs) are on the front lines in the battle for liberty. They are the muscle of the movement, empowering students in their areas to defend the ideas of liberty. This highly competitive program seeks out strong student leaders and community organizers to spread the ideas of a free society from the grassroots level by starting new pro-liberty student groups, organizing events to promote the ideas of liberty, resourcing student groups and identifying and mentoring other pro-liberty students.   As on-the-ground SFL representatives, LCs are given great flexibility in fulfilling their duties. They do not receive strong top-down orders, but […]