The following was written by SFL Blogging Team Member Vanessa Walsh.
Started by means of an experimental student-organized libertarian conference in the heart of New York in 2008, Students for Liberty has surpassed expectations since its conception, expanding not only from coast to coast, but from country to country, crossing borders, oceans, and continents. These libertarian-minded, student-based branches all stem from the same tree: Students For Liberty, but the fact that they have grown at all begs the question…why? More specifically, what over time pushed these foreign students to create connections with the largest student-based libertarian organization in America? SFL’s very American history is made clear to the student leaders who undergo SFL’s summer training, but what are the international relations with the student movement for liberty? To answer this question in its entirety would require nothing short of a novel, so instead, I will focus my attention on the libertarian history of my home country: Canada. Honestly, what even is Canadian libertarianism? What is its history? Let us try to find out by moving past the “ehs,” the moose-infested igloo suburbs, and the rivers of maple syrup to try and find an at least semi-solid definition of what it means to be a Canadian libertarian.