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I’ll start with this: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” –Desmond Tutu.

After hearing the Darren Wilson verdict last night, one I fully expected, I proceeded to spend a few frustrating hours on social media in order to observe the aftermath and to vocalize my own support for Michael Brown. Now, with a night of reflection, I’ve gathered a number of thoughts that I feel compelled to share, lest I explode all over my computer screen and drop half my friends for their depressingly illogical arguments.

Nov. 24, 2014 is an important day in American history. Last night, our nation awaited a verdict whose implications will be studied in classrooms for years to come, assuming the State does not completely infiltrate and derail the systems of education by then. Given its prominence, at the very least, you should care about the outcome of the State of Missouri vs. Darren Wilson. However, more than that, I submit that you should be angry at the verdict, and more importantly, cognizant of its many implications. To that end, here are just three takeaways:

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One of our speakers for the upcoming 2015 ISFLC February 13th-15th  will be Jeffrey Tucker! 

Jeffrey Tucker is Chief Liberty Office of Liberty.me, a social network and online publishing platform for the liberty minded. He is also distinguished fellow Foundation for Economic Education, executive editor of Laissez-Faire Books, research fellow Acton Institute, founder CryptoCurrency Conference, and author five books.

Check out the links below to learn more about Tucker’s work:

Articles, blog posts & more about Tucker:
Lectures & Interviews:

In the first post of this series, I gave some reasons why libertarians ought to reject the practice of punishment. As an alternative, I suggested that the only proper role of law is dispute resolution, and that law’s violence can only be used in either direct defense or the collection of restitution. In effect, this eliminates criminal law, leaving only civil law in its place.

In what follows, I’ll try to bolster that conclusion by briefly showing why libertarians ought to oppose criminal law, beyond just the illegitimacy of punishment.

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This post is part of a new “Student Spotlight” SFL blog series in which we honor the best and brightest student activists in our network by highlighting the top student, group, and event of the week and share their accomplishments to inspire other leaders to step up their game in advancing the cause of liberty. 

Congratulations to Nikola Ristić, Ana Jakšić, Konstantin Lijakovic, Vuk Velebit, and every member of the Studenti Za Slobodu – FPN (Students For Liberty – Faculty of Political Sciences) for being chosen as SFL’s Group of the Week! This group also works with Studenti Za Slobodu – Srbija (Students For Liberty – Serbia). We want to recognize both groups for their courageous commitment to liberty. They stood firmly for liberty when a group of Neo-Nazis stormed their ESFL End the Drug War Event, and they organized a protest against violence in University Institutions when the Dean of Political Faculty was attacked by two young men. Learn more about SFL’s group of the week from Nikola Ristić:

Group’s Mission & Focus 

Our organization is a student organization whose goal is to develop and promote awareness among students about the importance of civil rights and freedom by encouraging student activism and academic interest for political theory. We are promoting the ideas of individual freedom, limited government and free market economics. To do this in a successful way, our group is highly focused on activism, ideas and social connections. In addition to the above-mentioned protest against violence, an example of our activism is our “Taxpayers March,” which we organized in cooperation with Libertarian Club – Libek from Belgrade, Serbia. We focus on ideas by organizing public panel discussions such as our recent events on marijuana legalization, media freedom in Serbia, and internal discussions about works of political and social theorists.

Our group mainly focus on individual rights and the individual responsibilities that they entail.

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When you first discover libertarianism, there are certain names that jump out. It’s important to learn from intellectual giants like Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard, but there are many unsung heroes that are also worth exploring. In this educational series, we hope to introduce students to such individuals. While not all of the figures profiled here explicitly identified as libertarian, they made great contributions to the cause of liberty that are worth acknowledging.

“Government should exist only to try to protect the rights of every individual, not to redistribute the property, manipulate the economy, or establish a pattern of society.” - Raymond Cyrus “R.C.” Hoiles 

Who: Raymond Cyrus “R.C.” Hoiles (1878-1970) was an American newspaper publisher; he bought several newspapers and was the president of Freedom Newspapers, Inc.

Why he matters: R.C. is important to the libertarian movement because throughout his life he advocated freedom through his newspapers. He was a man of principle and always stood up for his beliefs; he reflected his commitment to them in his quote: “What this country needs as much as anything else are newspapers that believe in moral principles and have enough courage to express these principles and point out practices and beliefs that violate moral principles. A newspaper that only tries to run editorials and columnists and news items that are popular is of mighty little value to its readers.” Hoiles’ major concern was government’s public education. He argued passionately for a voluntary, private school system; his libertarian spirit mainly advocated freedom in education and he spent the last years of his life writing about it. The California Press Association honored him posthumously as a “Great Crusader for Individual Freedom.”

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