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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.

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This evening at 6pm CST, the Illinois Policy Institute will be hosting a speaking event with economist and historian Deirdre McCloskey on ”Bourgeois Dignity: How We Got Rich and How Everyone Else Will Too.” Dr. McCloskey will discuss why the explosion of widespread wealth in the west was the result of changes in rhetoric about markets and free enterprise finally became enthusiastic and encouraging of their inherent dignity.

The Illinois Policy Institute will be hosting a live stream of the event at 6:45pm CST, which you can view below:

 

The Illinois Policy Institute is an independent research and education organization generating public policy solutions aimed at promoting personal freedom and prosperity in Illinois. 

Just in time for the school year, a new resource from Students For Liberty!

From Thomas Paine and Frederic Bastiat to student radicals of today, champions of freedom have a long history of pamphleteering. It is one thing to verbally tell people on campus about the value of liberty, but giving them actual material to read later will  peak their interest and compel them to come back to your next group meeting for more.

To help student groups toward this end, Students For Liberty has produced Libertarianism, a new pamphlet to introduce the ideas of liberty to a broad audience. As with SFL’s big tent approach, Libertarianism does not embrace one justification for liberty (natural rights, consequentialism, etc.) but instead focuses on the uniting principles and values of liberty such as Empowerment, Individual Choice, Economic Freedom, Individual Rights, and Tolerance with a focus on how liberty makes people’s lives better.

The libertarian movement is growing because young people are skeptical of government. Raised in an era of ongoing war, abuse of power, financial crisis, gridlock, and general governmental incompetence, young people recognize the problems with the status quo and are looking for an alternative for the future.Libertarianism offers an optimistic alternative by empowering individuals and communities, limiting the power of politicians, and increasing freedom and opportunity for all. This pamphlet explains the principles of libertarianism, their intellectual foundations, and why liberty is essential for human progress and flourishing.

We are printing 100,000 copies of Libertarianism for mass distribution on campuses this fall!

You can get your FREE copies through SFL’s new Resource HQ, you just have to cover shipping and handling. Visit and use the coupon code “LibertyPamphlet” to order your copies of Libertarianism today.

Check out and download the PDF here:

Allen Mendenhall is a Mises Canada Emerging Scholar. He is a staff attorney to Chief Justice Roy S. Moore of the Supreme Court of Alabama, an adjunct professor at Faulkner University, and a doctoral candidate in English at Auburn University. He has written a book entitled Literature and Liberty: Essays in Libertarian Literary Criticism. Visit his website at AllenMendenhall.com.

Last month, thousands of recent law school graduates sat for a bar examination in their chosen state of practice. They were not undertaking a harmless rite of passage but overcoming a malicious obstacle: an artificial barrier to entry in the form of occupational licensure.

Barriers to entry are restrictions on access to or participation in markets or vocations. Occupational licensure is a type of barrier to entry that regulates professions by requiring certification and licensing in the manner of medieval guilds. Medicine and law are perhaps the most recognizable professions to require their practitioners to obtain and maintain licenses.

The purpose of occupational licensure is to reduce competition by using government power to restrict membership eligibility in a profession. The criteria for membership are often prohibitively expensive for low-income earners. To be admitted to the law in nearly every state in the United States, you must not only pass a bar examination but also earn a law degree from an accredited law school, admission to which requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.

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Dr. Ron Paul turns 79 today, August 19, 2014.Longtime congressman and two-time Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul turns 79 years young today. Since announcing his bid for the White House in March 2007, Paul has become a household name in the liberty movement and has inspired countless numbers of individuals, particularly students, to believe in the cause of liberty.
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