John Stuart Mill

April 25, 2016

Deadline Approaching: Speak Freely Activism Grants

How often have we heard it now? “Our goal was to disrupt the event.” “Free speech =/= Hate speech” “I don’t want to debate. I want to talk about my pain.” To anyone paying attention, it’s clear that those of us defending free speech and those decrying it are largely talking past each other. Professors who see student reporters as threats and student activists who call free expression a “tool of oppression” are missing something big. For those of us who “get it” this all seems pretty absurd. How could anyone think that way? We forget that we weren’t born with an appreciation for free speech or a knowledge of its history. We may know that many people fought and died for these rights because, […]
September 26, 2014

Rediscovering Libertarian Feminism: The Lens of Liberty

For nearly a century, many libertarians have seemingly forgotten many issues their 19th century forerunners talked about. One of the most crucial topics was feminism, which gets a bad rap in most libertarian circles today, perhaps somewhat justifiably so because modern feminism is so closely knit with pro-government voices. However, rightly understood, libertarianism and feminism are natural allies and can learn from one another. Unfortunately the libertarian feminist went nearly extinct in the 20th century as libertarians increasingly aligned with the right. During this time, the rise of state socialism and communism changed the direction of classical liberalism and radical individualist thought. In order to combat the forces of central planning, the individualist thinkers focused more and more on economic issues, spending less time on […]