Charter Teams Blog

August 13, 2017

Charter Teams:
July 2017 Update

SFL Charter Teams July 2017 Update Liberty is back! Our leaders spend the last few months meticulously preparing a series of events that took place in July. Even though little more than half of 2017 has yet passed, we’re already sure sure that those will be remembered as highlights of the year. First off was our newly-launched group in Singapore, led by Bryan Cheang and Donovan Choy. Their presentation on “LGBT Rights and Market Capitalism: Friend or Foe?” attracted over 50 students and might well be the most successful launch event an SFL group has ever had. If you’re from the area and didn’t have the chance to attend this one, don’t miss “The Dangers of Political Populism” on August 26th, featuring Wan Saiful Wan Jan, Chief […]
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 […]
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 17, 2017

Indonesia: Asia Pacific SFL Conference – August 18-20

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 […]
June 7, 2017

Unleashing Indonesia’s Potential

A Look At The Country’s Informal Sector And How It Would Benefit From Liberalization This article was written by SFL Charter Teams Member Alfi Syahrin Ario Waskito.  When people are asked to share their thoughts on Indonesia, what usually comes to their mind first is the image of a populous third-world country, a huge, tropical archipelago where people still live in the rain forest, and of course famous tourist hotspots such as the island of Bali. But there is much more to it than these clichés. Having spend the better part of my life in Indonesia, I can assure you that there are much more things to discover about this country, and even some valuable lessons to learn when it comes to economic development and […]
May 19, 2017

Imantaka Nugraha

 SFL SUCCESS STORY: Imantaka Nugraha SFL Charter Teams SFL Indonesia president bringing the free market to Jakarta Imantaka Nugraha is one of the co-founders of SFL Indonesia and currently serves as their president. Imantaka initiated and co-founded SFL Indonesia in August 2015 right after he attended the International Society for Individual Liberty world conference in Bali, where he met many SFLers from all around the world. Since then, SFL Indonesia has grown rapidly into an organization that inspired many other SFL chapters in Southeast Asia. He has spoken at many events in the entire Pacific region on topics such as the sharing economy and Uber, the liberty movement in Indonesia, religious freedom, free market environmentalism, inefficiencies of state-owned businesses and so forth. With SFL Indonesia, Imantaka […]
May 7, 2017

Is Singapore A Libertarian Paradise?

This article was written by SFL Charter Teams Member Donovan Choy. You can learn more about the situation in Singapore by contacting him at [email protected] A Brief Overview Singapore is a young country, having only gained independence from the British in 1965. Since then, the country has been ruled solely by the People’s Action Party (PAP), headed by the revered statesman Lee Kuan Yew who is often credited as the “founding father” of Singapore. He passed away at the age of 91 in 2015. The country’s ethnic diversity is made up of predominantly Singaporean Chinese (76%), with Malays (15%) and Indians (7%) in racial minorities. The population on the whole is English-speaking. For a small country the size of only 719.1 km² (that’s ⅔ the […]
May 5, 2017

Charter Teams:
April 2017 Update

SFL Charter Teams April 2017 Update After an impressive last month, culminating in an extremely-well attended event in Hong Kong with over a 1,000 listeners in total, March set the bar quite high for the following days. Viewed in this light, it is all the more impressive how many positive developments we were able to witness in April throughout the entire region. Starting off with Japan, a country that has seen little to know libertarian activism in the past (with the noble exception of Chiaki Nishiyama, a former president of the prestigious Mont Pélérin Society), we are very happy to announce the founding of a new SFL chapter in the land of the rising sun. Kudos go to Yasuhiro Oshima, the initiator of the group […]
April 7, 2017

Charter Teams:
March 2017 Update

SFL Charter Teams March 2017 Update Charter Teams might be the smallest region within Students For Liberty, but that doesn’t mean our coordinators on the ground aren’t doing fantastic work to advance human flourishing and well-being. This is particularly true for the past month, when South East Asia was treated to a good dose of amazing events. A particularly impressive point in case is Hong Kong. There, the local team brought in more than 1,000 attendees for a panel discussion on the “Morality of Business” and two talks by North Korean refugee and human rights activist Yeonmi Park. The latter two where particularly impressive, as they attracted quite a lot of media attraction and the brought the largest audience ever to an event organized by Hong Kong […]
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 […]