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The phrase “life-changing experience” is usually taken lightly; Like the word “literally,” overuse has caused its meaning to be diluted. However, there’s no other way to describe the experience of attending an SFL Regional Conference.

Before last October, I only had a base working knowledge of libertarianism. I heard about the New York City Students For Liberty Regional Conference online from a few friends involved in the liberty movement, and figured at the very least it’d be a good networking opportunity. So I sold a few of my college friends on the conference by promising free food, we all woke up around 6 a.m., threw on some classically NYC business casual outfits, and headed to the train station.

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Students For Liberty is thrilled to announce that early application period for the 2015-2016 Campus Coordinator Program is now open!

The Campus Coordinator Program is the driving force behind SFL’s growth over the past four years. A Campus Coordinator (CC) is a student leader with four main objectives: to assist student groups in their region, to establish new student groups, to find and mentor new pro-liberty students, and to assist with SFL conferences.

The current class is the fifth to go through the Campus Coordinator Program with 187 students from 39 states and provinces – a substantial increase from our inaugural class of 21 CCs in 2011-2012. With more CCs in 2015-2016, we intend to reach even more students and continue to spread the message of free markets and individual liberty by providing SFL’s high quality resources and conferences to new regions.  As we often say, we have not even come close to finding all the pro-liberty students out there.

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Earlier this month, mega-casino Revel Atlantic City closed its doors and the Trump Taj Mahal announced it may close by the end of the year. These two would join three others hotels in the city — the Showboat, Trump Plaza, and the Atlantic Club — that will shut their doors before the year ends. Atlantic City is now bracing itself for the loss of at least 9,000 jobs, at a time when its unemployment rate is already above ten percent. But Atlantic City is not the only former tourist city that is seeing a serious decline. San Antonio, Niagara Falls, and Myrtle Beach are all in tourist decline and struggling to find revitalization.

Contrast this with Colorado, where the city of Denver has had more international tourists than ever before and boasts a 75 percent increase in online hotel searches. Legalized marijuana has led to a tourism boom in this city, where out-of-state visitors currently represent 44 percent of metro area sales and up to 90 percent of resort towns. State officials project the state will collect $60 to $70 million in tax revenue from marijuana by the end of the fiscal year.

Likewise, prostitution in America is an $18 billion dollar industry without any tax revenue. As American history well proves, prohibition will never put an end to prostitution. Enabling cities to reap the financial rewards from the “worlds oldest profession,” on the other hand, can help bolster local budgets. In addition, there are tourist, health, and reasons of personal freedom to legalize both. Once considered some of the top travel destinations in the US, these cities should look to reinvent themselves by legalizing marijuana and prostitution to maintain their competitive edge as top vacation spots.

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The following is part of Satire for Liberty, a blog series by SFL 2014-2015 blogging team member and Senior Campus Coordinator Suzanne Schaefer.

NEW YORK CITY: Police everywhere have been working extra hard in the hopes of making it to the finals of the National Dog-Shooting Championship that will take place in New York City next month, sources confirmed. Highly competitive, the championship will include only the top 50 police officers across the nation, who will duke it out for the coveted title of National Dog-Shooting Champion.

“It’s really a tough challenge,” remarked Officer Jerry Moskwa of St. Clair Shores, Mich., “sometimes you’re lucky and just happen upon a stray, but most of the time you’ve really got to be bold and get out there. I’m talking looking in parked cars, parks, family homes and yards, anywhere a target might be lurking.”

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Once you start delving into the rich and captivating tradition of libertarian and classical liberal thought, it isn’t long before you stumble upon an early 20th century economist named Ludwig von Mises. To put it plainly, if it wasn’t for the work of von Mises, the modern libertarian movement wouldn’t be what it is today.

Von Mises was an Austrian economist in both senses of the word – he was born in Austria-Hungary in 1881 and was a member of the Austrian school of economics. At the age of 19, Mises attended the University of Vienna where he studied under the founder of the Austrian school, Carl Menger. He also studied under another early contributor to the Austrian school, Eugene von Bohm-Bawerk from 1904 to 1914.

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