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The following is a satirical piece by SFL 2014-2015 blogging team member and Senior Campus Coordinator Suzanne Schaefer.

In a shocking turn of events, police nationwide have gone one whole week without shooting, tazing, pepper-spraying, beating, harassing, or discriminating against anyone of any kind, officials reported Friday. To add to the jaw-dropping change in police behavior, sources also confirmed that police have further resisted no-knock raids, planting evidence, and all other law breaking activities that undermine the law and Constitution in any way, shape, or form. “Shocked doesn’t even come close to how I feel,” reported Jeremy Graves of Columbia, MO. “I was at a protest this week and not a single person was pepper sprayed, beaten, or jailed for exercising their first amendment rights. It’s truly remarkable.”

“To be honest, we weren’t really sure we could pull it off,” said Max Davison, a police officer from Trenton, N.J. , who opted to go a week without abusing his police power, “but with all the mounting societal pressure to discontinue our vile and violent ways, we decided to go a whole week focused solely on serving and protecting our nation’s citizens.” Davison went on to explain that police had received threats of more oversight or suspension without pay if citizens started to really stand up for themselves, and consequently the adjustment was necessary for PR purposes.

“There’s been a lot of talk about how cops these days are intimidating, brutal, bastards,” remarked Scott Cooper, a police officer from Seattle, Wash. “But this week, that just isn’t the case. Yesterday alone I opted not to punch a girl for jaywalking, pull someone over for being black, or shoot this one guy for tripping in my general direction. And a buddy of mine,” added Cooper, “he’s knocked on every single door of the houses he’s raided. I mean, we’re like freakin’ knights in shining armor over here.”

In light of all the police choosing to be civil, respectful, law abiding citizens rather than crooks, creeps, and killers, citizens everywhere have confirmed that they feel much safer around cops and more positive about the existence of law enforcement in general. “It’s a great feeling to see a cop and not immediately shy away in fear,” said Melissa Rodriguez of Houston, Texas. “This morning on my walk to work, I almost smiled at one standing on the street corner. I still wasn’t sure I should make eye-contact, so I didn’t go through with it, but maybe next time!”

However, at press time sources confirmed that while police all across the United States had refrained from most of their daily abuses, they could not help but continue to steal from arbitrary passersby via issuing traffic tickets under the guise of individual and public safety. “Not planting evidence on an innocent person is one thing,” remarked Davison, “but hell if I can go a week without racing up to someone at 90 miles per hour to give them a $200 ticket for going 50 in a 40.”

The following was written by Professional Advancement Fellow Tuck Kennedy.

The United States Constitution, along with the Declaration, is the most important document in our history. It outlines what is perhaps the closest thing to a libertarian government the world has ever known. Constitution Day is September 17th, so this is a perfect time to show your group’s love of the Constitution and bring awareness to its many violations happening today.

Information:

Tabling Suggestions:

There have been many successful ideas used in the past for Constitution day, some of which are outlined here. Don’t hold yourself to just these though – be as creative as possible. Remember, the goal of this event is to educate on the Constitution, but more importantly to draw attention to violations of it.

Regardless of what main tabling strategy you go with, you should be prepared to pass out lots of pocket Constitutions. If you are a YAL chapter, you are likely going to be receiving some from them. Whether you are or aren’t a YAL chapter, you should order some pocket Constitutions from another source. The best looking ones are from Cato, and you can order them here. Buy in bulk to reduce costs, and it wouldn’t hurt to ask them to charge less for a student group.

As for the main tabling, here are several ideas you can utilize:

  1. Build a giant constitution for students stopping by your table to sign. UT at San Antonio YAL did this a few years ago to great success. You can read about what they did here. As people sign, talk to them about the Constitution and its violations today.
  2. Build a civil liberties graveyard in your quad area. Have gravestones with the Amendments written on them, and have someone dressed as the ghost of one of the founders. As people walk by, explain to them how different Amendments have been violated in recent times, such as with the NSA surveillance.

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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: