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March 29, 2017

April 29

Students For Liberty is proud to support the arts and we will be hosting an art gala at NYU on April 29 in order to further this aim. You are welcome to attend and submit art to be displayed at this special event. Theme: THE ARTS HAVE A PLACE IN A FREE SOCIETY Date: April 29, Doors open at 10am Location: New York University, Grand Hall (5th Floor, Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, connected to the Kimmel Center for University Life) There will be a post-gala social. Details will be posted on this page at a later date. Highlights of the art gala include: Unnatural Election: an art exhibit showcasing artists’ responses to the 2016 Presidential election presented by the Kimmel Galleries Jack […]
March 28, 2017

No-Platforming Gavin McInnes Won’t Stop His Bigotry

Thomas Resnick is a student at New York University and guest contributor at Students For Liberty (SFL): the largest network of libertarian students in the world. From the moment that I first learned about the event, I knew it wouldn’t end well. Recently, my local College Republicans announced that VICE co-founder and social commentator Gavin McInnes would be giving a speech at New York University. This was bound to attract the ire of dozens of students and other university members. Public drama is one of my guilty pleasures, so I was looking forward to attending and witnessing the response. In the end, the event was cut short after protesters repeatedly interrupted him. Outside the event, eleven people were arrested. Here’s the thing: Gavin McInnes is […]
March 27, 2017

Why Every Liberty-Minded Student Should Blog

The following was written Derek Magill, Marketing Director at Praxis. When I was involved with Students for Liberty as a campus coordinator back in 2013, I remember hearing a lot of my peers say they wanted to write. The problem was that very few of them, including myself, ever did. We told ourselves we weren’t qualified. We told ourselves we’d do it later. We made excuses and missed out on an opportunity to create during some of the most intellectually exciting periods of our lives. Since I’ve been out of school I’ve written hundreds of articles on personal blogs, Quora, and other sites like the Praxis blog, and I’ve realized there was no need to wait. Not only that, the earlier you start, the better […]
March 24, 2017

Freedom Day
Strike Team

Looking for another way to spread the message of liberty on your campus this spring? Want to take part in a national conversation on the importance of free expression? On Thursday, April 13th you’re invited to take part in Freedom Day — a day-long pro-freedom bash organized by the Philadelphia-based National Constitution Center. Even better, SFL is offering $250 activism grants to help cover the costs of hosting an event on Freedom Day. Freedom Day encourages people of all ages to explore how Americans’ freedoms of speech and expression are exercised, threatened, and protected. Students For Liberty is excited to be a collaborating partner on this exciting project! While SFL is now a global organization, it’s no accident we got our start in the United […]
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 […]
March 20, 2017

Ethan Pritchard Featured in Reason Magazine

Ethan Pritchard, a Campus Coordinator and recipient of the Student of the Year award at ISFLC17, was recently the focus of a full-page ad in Reason magazine. Something that has distinguished Ethan is his dedication to reaching across the proverbial aisle. Rather than viewing those with ideological differences as opponents who must be railed against, Ethan seeks out common ground, directed towards the aim of understanding. He’s ensured that the Students For Liberty at University of Maryland College Park remains grounded and works through differences rather than against them. He’s worked with Trump supporters, Bernie supporters, socialists, and people of every creed. One of our Speak Freely advocates, Ethan has hosted free speech events on his campus to much success. He knows free speech entails […]
March 20, 2017

How to Build a Career: A LibertyCon Resource List

The following was written by Derek Magill, Marketing Director at Praxis.  I spoke this past weekend at LibertyCon in Prague to students from all over Europe about how they can start building their career now instead of waiting until they graduate. The main points were: Your college degree will not guarantee you a job. You need real skills and experiences. When employers say they require college degrees, they really mean they require people who can create more value than they take out in salary. Once you realize this, it’s your job to show them that. The best way to show an employer you’re valuable is not a resume and not a college course list — you need a value proposition. You need to identify what […]
March 18, 2017

Project Opportunity: Pressing the Button

The following is a message from our friends at Pressing the Button.  Wanted: Project Coordinator We’re looking for someone to join the leadership team of Pressing The Button (PTB). The right person will be someone who can take the project on as his/her own, and work with a fair amount of self-direction and initiative. We’re not looking for an employee or intern; we’re looking for a partner. PTB is your go-to resource for discovering cooperative alternatives to government provided services. After our launch at ISFLC last month, we’re growing faster than the team can handle. Tasks will include: Coordinating with partner organizations Managing social media pages Writing and editing content Fundraising Logistics Most of the above will not be the exclusive work of the Project […]
March 17, 2017

What can libertarians learn from St. Patrick?

Unlike seemingly a billion other Americans, I’ve no Irish ancestry to speak of and I’ve never been an Eirephile. In spite of my affinity for Guinness, I’ve always felt a little like a stranger during the usual St. Patrick’s Day festivities. That being said, St. Patrick himself has always been someone I’ve held in high esteem. Indeed, the Confirmation name I chose when I was confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church was Patrick. I’m hesitant to call St. Patrick a hero of libertarianism (it was a different Patrick who said, “Give me liberty or give me death!”) but he was a man who knew the importance of liberty, and this shows through in the story of his life. It may surprise some readers to hear […]
March 14, 2017

What are the Economic Laws of Scientific Research?

Dr. Terrence Kealey’s The Economic Laws of Scientific Research is pretty much the only comprehensive argument against the public funding of science that can be found anywhere. This isn’t too much of a shame though, as the book does an excellent and thorough job of countering the philosophical and practical arguments for public funding. My chosen career path leads to an almost inevitable future of publicly funded research, and as a libertarian I found this to be very disconcerting. The idea that a career in research would necessarily run counter to my philosophical beliefs was an unpleasant realization I came to more than a year after I started identifying as a libertarian. Reading this book helped me understand that there is another path, one where I […]
March 13, 2017

Building Casual Libertarianism

Libertarians have been frustrated for a long time by the inability to overcome a perplexing hurdle. Over the years the liberty movement has grown (especially with young people) and libertarians have played an important role in pushing conservatives and progressives to promote liberty on key issues like criminal justice reform. But, frustratingly, all of our success comes from convincing others of the importance to act. Libertarians haven’t had the popular strength to act independently to make the world a freer place. This is frustrating because you can only do so much with persuasion, mostly effecting change at the margins and where the benefits of liberty are the most obvious. This problem comes from the nature of the libertarian movement. Polls and research indicate that libertarians […]
March 12, 2017

Campus Coordinator Program

March 28, 2017

Julio Mejia

SFL SUCCESS STORY: Julio Mejia SFL Latin America From Local Coordinator to Director of the Libertarian Movement in Colombia Julio Mejia was a Local Coordinator from the first cohort of Eslibertad. During his time within Eslibertad leadership, Julio became the Regional Director for Colombia and an Executive Board Member of Eslibertad for the period of 2015-2016. Nowadays, Julio has become a political activist in Colombia, being interviewed and covered by major media outlets such as El Tiempo and El Espectador in Colombia about different political issues like the peace deal in Colombia during 2016. At the beginning of 2016, Julio started to gather with people who actively participated on Daniel Reisbeck’s campaign in order to explore the possibility of generating a political project for the […]
March 28, 2017

Ryan Khurana
United Kingdom

SFL SUCCESS STORY: Ryan Khurana European Students For Liberty Studying in the UK and looking towards the future of liberty Ryan Khurana is a 20 year old Canadian studying PPE in Manchester. While in Canada, he maintained a comic book store which developed his business sense and entrepreneurial interests. He is an active debater at his university, participating in numerous public debates against researchers, professors, and political campaigners. While at the university, he has written regularly for numerous student publications on topics such as homelessness, health care, economic research, and geopolitics. He formerly managed a student-led extreme poverty charity in Manchester, a subsidiary of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, which addressed homelessness, old-age poverty, at-risk youths, and the adult disabled in the city. He […]
March 23, 2017

Alexandro Cea

SFL SUCCESS STORY: Alexandro Cea SFL Latin America Student leader goes on to found an influential think tank in Chile dedicated to classical liberal ideas Alexandro Cea, who recently completed his law major from the faculty of law at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, was part of the first cohort of Local Coordinators of Estudiantes por la Libertad en Chile, being an LC during 2013 and an LC senior for the year 2014. Today, Alexandro is the CEO and founder for Centro de Estudios Equidad Ξ. The think tank is the first of its kind in Valparaiso, Chile and through it he sought to study, promote, update and advocate the ideas of a free society to high school and university students at the local level and […]
March 14, 2017

John Mugabi

SFL SUCCESS STORY: John Mugabi SFL Africa Furthering individual liberty in Uganda John Mugabi through his personal efforts, has created a community of passionate leaders for liberty in Uganda. He is now the main point of contact for the organization in the country, and has hosted several events this far where he introduced the Ideas and encouraged the students to join SFL. Through his leadership, over 10 campus groups have been created in several universities in Uganda. John recently hosted a liberty convention at the Kyambogo University, Uganda where students came together to discuss the ideas of liberty, entrepreneurship, the rule of law, and big versus small government among other interesting topics. John wished to highlight to the audience that it is important to live, but […]