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Go ahead and ask the average person on the street what country has the world’s highest incarceration rate. Russia? China? Iran? Nope. The answer is the good ol’ U.S. of A.

Who would have thought the land of the free leads the way in throwing people in cages, and not one of those awful tyrannical dictatorships (of which America certainly doesn’t count)? While America has a mere 5% of the world’s population, it has 23.4% of the world’s prison population. And yet “the freest country in the world” narrative still dominates the mainstream.

What explains the United States’s burgeoning prison state and what can be done about it? For that, SFL On-Air turns to a grassroots prison activist and an economist who studies America’s “imprisoner’s dilemma.”

The Prison State is one of the most under-talked about and under-studied issues today, despite being an increasingly destructive system. What are its origins? What sustains it? What are the potential solutions? We’ll hear from Dr. D’Amico and Nathan Goodman on this topic on December 10th at 8:00pm EST on SFL On-Air: America’s Prison State: Do not pass go, do not collect $200. If you’re a Liberty.me member, you can register in advance. If not, you can listen in live for free.

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Join the world’s largest crowd of pro-liberty students at the 2015 International Students For Liberty Conference, the premiere event of the year for students dedicated to liberty and advancing freedom on campus! Over 1,400 students will gather at the Marriott Wardman Park Exhibition Hall in Washington D.C. on February 13-15 for a weekend to learn from contemporary leaders in liberty, discuss best practices for promoting freedom on campus, and to get more involved in the larger movement for liberty.

SFL is excited to share that for the first time this year, we’re organizing 10 bus trips around the country to make it more affordable for students to travel to the ISFLC! Reserve a seat on one of our buses to save yourself hundreds of dollars, eliminate the logistical hassles of arranging travel, and to gain an incredible set of memories caravanning across the country with 30 other pro-liberty students from your area.

The deadline to buy your ticket is November 30th, now less than a week away! Seats are filling up fast, so reserve yours today to take advantage of this rare opportunity to travel to our nation’s capital for as little as $20 roundtrip!
Here are the prices, locations, and departure times:
  • Iowa City, Iowa – $25 February 11, 2015 at 8:00 PM
  • Austin, Texas – $45 February 12, 2015 at 7:45 AM
  • Manhattan, Kansas – $36 February 12, 2015 at 12:45 PM
  • Gainesville, Florida – $25 February 13, 2015 at 12:05 AM
  • Montgomery, Alabama – $27 February 13, 2015 at 12:05 AM
  • Nashville, Tennessee – $20 February 13, 2015 at 12:45 AM
  • Chapel Hill, North Carolina – $20 February 13, 2015 at 6:45 AM
  • Columbia, South Carolina – $20 February 13, 2015 at 4:45 AM
  • Ann Arbor & E. Lansing, Michigan – $20

Please let all of your friends know about the deadline. The ISFLC is nothing short of a life-changing experience and now, it is cheaper and easier than ever to get there.

If you have any questions about our bus trips, please email John Knetemann at jknetemann@studentsforliberty.org.

November 9th, 2014 marked a very important day in German history and a very important day for the progression of international freedom: the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. What better way to express the need for liberty and freedom of movement than to gather together as a unified, non-violent crowd of like-minded human beings? After twenty-eight years without the seemingly simple ability to work and live in different parts of a city, this is exactly what Berliners did, on November 9th, 1989. To commemorate this phenomenal accomplishment, I have decided to write a brief history on the Berlin Wall, and why its fall was such an important piece of history in relation to the liberty movement of today.

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Check out this interview with SFL President and Co-Founder Alexander McCobin in The Objective Standard. Here’s a snippet:

“The liberty movement has the right ideas. To be sure, there is more work to be done on the philosophy of liberty, and there are debates to be had about the justifications for and policy applications of the principles of liberty. But the broad philosophy in favor of respecting the freedoms of all people in all areas of their lives is supported by mountains of literature and analytical justification, and ample empirical evidence from the past two centuries shows that freer societies are more prosperous for far more people than are less free societies. For generations, the liberty movement has invested heavily in generating the ideas and principles of liberty. What the liberty movement has not invested in nearly enough are people to advocate and implement those ideas. There have been some great leaders and advocates of liberty, to be sure—but not enough, especially when compared to the incredibly high levels of investment by statists in people to advocate and implement statist ideas.

Given this background, SFL’s strategy is largely to focus on people. First, we seek to educate as many young people as possible about the principles of liberty. Second, we provide leadership training to those young people who are committed to liberty and who want to become leaders in the liberty movement. Third, we provide them with the infrastructure, resources, and support to advance liberty in the best ways they can.”

Read more here.

The following is a guest post by Campus Coordinator Clairemarie LoCicero.

Most days, I don’t have to scroll very far down my Facebook feed to see my friends engaging in a dialogue over whether people, especially women, suffer from undue societal influence over their sexuality. Article after article point to media portrayals of perfect bodies, street harassment, and continuing debate over birth control as evidence that sexual autonomy is far from achieved. While all of these points do represent obstacles to true sexual freedom, one policy in America insults sexual autonomy more than any “hey baby” I may hear walking down the street: the ongoing prohibition of prostitution. Prohibition of sex in exchange for money represents institutionalized control over sexual choice and it threatens sex worker safety. Last week, Loyola Students For Liberty hosted Maggie McNeill, an expert on sex work and activist for sex workers’ rights, in order to have this important conversation on our own campus.

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