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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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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 Molly Nelson, John Knetemann and every member of the YAL chapter at South Dakota School of Mines for being chosen as SFL’s Group of the Week! We also want to recognize Molly and John for bringing up a group of 18 students from their school to Colorado RC! Learn more about their group from Molly:

Group’s Mission & Focus

Our group’s mission is to introduce libertarianism to the mainly republican base on our campus. Our focus is mostly intellectual, we specially discuss morality and the moral reasons for liberty and capitalism. Though our discussions gravitate every now and then towards social issues (gay marriage, etc.) and religion. We also hold periodic activism as well.

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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 Moronfolu Adeniyi, Jimoh  Olanrewaju, Ibrahim Sodeinde, Bamidele, and the rest of the students involved in organizing SFL’s event of the week, the MAPOLY Leadership and Entrepreneurship Seminar in Abeokuta!

The main objective of the event was to inform curious students about the ideas of liberty. According to Moronfolu, libertarianism in Abeokuta is understood as “modern slavery by the Western world on the African continent” so their challenge was to break paradigms and clarify the true mission of liberty. The speakers explained the importance of libertarianism on the continent and SFL’s impact in preparing the next generation of leaders. They also spoke about economic development, SFL’stheory of social change, and leadership for liberty and empowerment.

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