North America Blog

June 10, 2017

Join the 2017-2018 Blog Team!

Are you a strong writer who wants to reach a wide audience and make your voice heard? Then apply today and be a part of our 2017-2018 Blog Team! As a member of the Blog Team, you will be responsible for writing two posts a month. These posts can be on a wide array of topics from current events, to the philosophy of liberty, or issues you’re facing spreading liberty on campus! We even accept scathing satire and BuzzFeed-style listicles! No matter what you want to share, being a part of the SFL Blog Team is a great way to ensure your voice is heard. In just this past month, SFL blog posts have been read by over 12,000 – and this is the off-season! […]
June 7, 2017

North America:
May 2017 Update

SFL North America MAY 2017 UPDATE Consumer Choice Center launches in Canada The Consumer Choice Center is a new initiative designed to empower consumers all around the world. In May, they made their Canadian debut. Among the speakers at this event discussing how to engage civil society and activate grassroots movements for consumer choice were Maxime Bernier, Member of Canadian Parliament; Guy Bentley, Reason Foundation; David Clement and Fred Roeder, Consumer Choice Center. More information on the event that took place can be found here. SFL leader threatened for speaking out Jessica Murphy, Campus Coordinator at University of Wisconsin Green Bay, recently published an article highlighting the five most wasteful courses being offered at her school. University of Wisconsin is a public university and so […]
June 5, 2017

The ’17-’18 North American Executive Board

Here at Students For Liberty, we are thrilled to be working with dedicated and passionate students who care about making the world a freer place. Our North American Executive Board works with students to help them coordinate their events and activism to ensure they are as impactful as they can be. Today, we are honored to announce the 2017-2018 North American Executive Board. We are confident our North America program is in good hands with these students using their talents to spread liberty in the United States and Canada! Chris Harelson – Chairman, North American Executive Board Chris has served as a Students For Liberty Campus Coordinator & West Regional Director, Young Americans for Liberty State Chair, Field Director for Americans for Prosperity, Staff for […]
May 30, 2017

SFL Leader Threatened for Speaking Out

In today’s college environment, the new normal is speech codes and political correctness. Even the simplest and most innocent of statements sparks backlash and aggression from fellow students and professors. It’s even gotten to the level of threats and harassment for those who don’t go along with the program. That’s what Campus Coordinator and MacIver Institute Intern Jessica Murphy has had to endure for the last week. In a blog post for the MacIver Institute, Wisconsin’s free market think tank, she outlined the “Top Five Wasteful Classes in the UW System.” This included classes on “teaching for social justice,” “the history of Hip Hop,” “exploring white privilege,” and “Social Science in the Marxist Tradition.” An associate professor of philosophy at the school, who teaches the […]
May 19, 2017

Freed 28 Years Early, Chelsea Manning Can Finally Go Home

Chelsea Manning was the first of her kind, bringing a new type of whistleblowing to the public eye. In 2010, Manning leaked an impressive number of documents detailing the way the U.S. military and government violated the rights of many. Via communication with Wikileaks and secret document-copying, she brought citizen bystander killings to light, exposed details of Guantanamo Bay detentions, and exposed the many ways in which corruption and secret alliances shape military action. Initially sentenced to 35 years, Manning’s sentence was commuted on January 17th of this year, in the final week of the Obama presidency. On a moral note, Manning’s release marks a time at which the Obama administration did something right. They prioritized compassion and humanity, in the end, instead of maintaining […]
May 12, 2017

Proving Art Has a Place in a Free Society

When we think about libertarians, the liberty movement, Capitol Hill and politics, very few people think about how the artists are getting involved.  Many times, they’re seen as a nuisance. What’s that dancer doing commenting on complex issues like capital gains tax and medical care markets? I hang out around a lot of artists and I collaborate with them on a daily basis. While a painting has never swayed my position on gun rights, artists are the most continuously passionate and motivated political activists in society. When they really discover their role, they can move mountains. So I wanted to launch an Art Gala about art in politics. Yes, when I pitched this event to a lot of people, I got a lot of blank […]
May 11, 2017

Osaka Steps Toward Accepting Same-Sex Families

In a move unprecedented by the central government, the city of Osaka, Japan granted a gay couple the ability to legally adopt a child. While no law officially stands preventing same-sex couples from adoption, their applications would usually be turned away unless they specifically adopted as individuals. While this at least allowed same-sex couples to raise a child, being unrecognized as a family presented them with a lack of legal representation. Additionally, the notion that an unmarried couple was unable to legally consider themselves a family most likely contributes to social isolation. LGBT rights activists have struggled to maintain a vocal presence in Japan. According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, while overall hatred is not widespread, LGBT organizations are limited in how they […]
May 10, 2017

Time to Rethink North Korean Sanctions

Earlier this year, TV stations all over South Korea were ablaze with scenes of Pyongyang’s latest missile tests. It’s now clear that North Korea remains firmly resolute on pursuing a dangerous mission, even after nearly ten years of suffering the world’s disapproval on tests like this and on its human rights record. Yet, sanctions continue. The Obama Administration has issued newer, tougher sanctions, some of which have been approved by the U.N. Security Council. Supporters of sanctions hold onto the conviction that there’s a “tipping point” for the North Korean government. When that tipping point is reached, they’ll be forced to negotiate with the U.N. Nonetheless, there is no evidence which even hints North Korea will ever fold along these lines. The U.N. sanctions are a response to an entire decade […]
May 9, 2017

A Moral Imperative in East Europe

  We often talk about blow-back: when a military adventurism goes sour because of foreign retaliation. But we never apply it in the other direction: foreign governments facing consequences for their adventurism. In essence, this is what has happened in Eastern Europe. Russia invaded Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, and NATO deployed more troops to Eastern Europe in response. This wasn’t just a predictable response to aggression, it was also the right thing to do. We should not mistake failure to impose liberal ideals in a Middle East which rejected them forthright, with doom in an East Europe which embraced those ideals independently. After the end of the Cold War, countries in Eastern Europe broke from the Soviet Union and established their own liberal-democracies. A decision […]
May 8, 2017

North America:
April 2017 Update

  SFL North America APRIL 2017 UPDATE Speak Freely Summit Our largest event in April was a massive success. With over 200 registrants, the Speak Freely Summit provided an opportunity for liberty-minded people to collaborate on the best practices to further free speech on campuses throughout North America. We were honored to host Dave Rubin, Flemming Rose, Casey Given, Faisal Mutar, Sara Taksler, Rob Montz, and Jim Caruso as speakers at this special event alongside our Speak Freely Advocates. To read more about the Speak Freely Summit, check out a blog post written by one of our student leaders, Caitlyn Tierney, here! Free to Be Art Gala at NYU The Free to Be Art Gala took place in New York to stress the importance of […]
May 8, 2017

Can Libertarians Reclaim the Antiwar Position?

I used to view a military intervention as an isolated event with manageable negative consequences and that any regime change is good when the U.S. installs a leader allied with democracy. I was never a war-hawk, but I assumed that a group bent on destroying America and American freedom should be aggressively countered. More important than my lack of geo-political knowledge, however, was my assumption that the political left embodied the antiwar, and thus, anti-patriot, faction in political discussion. My views were considerably dated, as politics on both sides appears to have evolved towards embracing an aggressive foreign policy. Rather than the youth-in-revolt New Left ideologues I pictured, I encountered self-identified liberals and socialists claiming that our enemies must be destroyed through quick, violent action. More […]
May 4, 2017

Speak Freely Summit
A Day of Education in College Park

The following was written by Campus Coordinator and Speak Freely Advocate Caitlyn Tierney.  Last weekend, I traveled to College Park, Maryland for the first annual Speak Freely Summit, hosted by Students for Liberty. The conference was a fantastic melting pot of ideas and speakers, including commercial, political, and international points of view. We heard from Jim Caruso, CEO of Flying Dog Brewery, and learned the details of his fight to protect free speech in the craft brewing industry, despite pushback from the state of Michigan. Caruso was an engaging speaker, and the free samples of Flying Dog beer were a great bonus! gave a presentation on getting published in the liberty movement, including tips and advice to submit the best writing possible. It was awesome […]