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Students For Liberty’s North American Executive Board Member, Kelly Barber, has been interviewed by The Foundation For Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

Kelly Barber stands out as a leader at the University of Florida (UF) and has been actively involved with FIRE, most recently attending FIRE’s Leaders in Student Rights Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Kelly, now a member of Students For Liberty’s North American Executive Board, says she experienced the undeniable benefits of free and open debate when she began attending College Libertarian meetings, where she was “blown away by the environment of integrity, critical thinking, and tolerance they created” that allowed students “to exchange ideas on a level much higher than anything I ever experienced in classes.”

FIRE: How can other students get involved in the fight for liberty, specifically student rights and free speech, on campus?

Kelly: I recommend they apply for Students For Liberty’s Campus Coordinator Program by visiting http://studentsforliberty.org/cc. Campus coordinators receive in-depth training on how to organize effectively at their schools on issues they care about in addition to receiving a generous stipend to support their activism efforts.

You can find the entire interview here.

The Great Connections Seminar

At the seminar next summer, we’ll show you how to understand and enjoy challenging works that have changed the world. Discussions of Aristotle, Epictetus, James Madison, Frederic Bastiat, Ayn Rand, and other great thinkers, will help you discover the often-hidden connections between classic principles and contemporary controversies.

Date: July 19, 2014, Chicago, IL

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We here at Students For Liberty want to share some of the many success stories of liberty worldwide, so we have launched a series of “Facts For Liberty” in an attempt to tell you just why we think that liberty is the way to solve many of the world’s problems.

The story we’re trying to tell here isn’t about how one reform suddenly turned everything alright – many of the countries mentioned still have many issues – but rather that a little good can come out of trusting each other and believing that the market and the communities are able to solve problems better than centralized agencies and politicians. Feel very free to share these facts on social media or print them out and use them on campus for tabling purposes.

Airline deregulation in USA lead to lower ticket prices

The United States had a long list of requirements for airlines if they wanted to fly new routes. When they finally removed the barriers of entry ticket prices fell by 40% – primarily thanks to the reforms.

We here at Students For Liberty want to share some of the many success stories of liberty worldwide, so we have launched a series of “Facts For Liberty” in an attempt to tell you just why we think that liberty is the way to solve many of the world’s problems.

The story we’re trying to tell here isn’t about how one reform suddenly turned everything alright – many of the countries mentioned still have many issues – but rather that a little good can come out of trusting each other and believing that the market and the communities are able to solve problems better than centralized agencies and politicians. Feel very free to share these facts on social media or print them out and use them on campus for tabling purposes.

Privately owned rivers and lakes in Scotland helps conserve the land

 

In most countries, the government is responsible for the conservation of fishing rivers and lakes. But not in Scotland: The country famously known for its well-maintained salmon stream have 100% private ownership over fishing rivers and lakes. It has been this way for centuries giving owners clear incentives to conserve the value of their own land.

The following is a guest post by Young Voices Advocate PierreGuy Veer.

Today is Earth Day, environmentalists’ annual celebration to raise awareness of supposedly pressing issues like climate change and pollution. Like many events of the green sort, reasonable people should be ready to be subjected to a barrage of denigrating capitalism and praising the state. Since greedy capitalists only care about profits, the state needs to ensure that the environment is clean, right?

Well, not quite. Actually, government action is the surest way to have an environmental Armageddon, and that’s an understatement. Take the former communist world for example, where 100% of the economy was in the hands of the state. In the USSR, massive irrigation completely dried out the Aral Sea. The drainage was so intense that the soil for the agriculture it was supporting became completely sterile and polluted with all the insecticides and fertilizers that were used.

In Mao’s China, the regime’s attempt to industrialize the country called the Great Leap Forward was not only a miserable failure but also accelerated erosion. Small-scale wood-powered furnaces were used to make low-quality steel on a massive scale. The pollution emitted from this disastrous program nearly wiped out the evergreen trees in the Sichuan region.

Despite some free-market reformations in the 1980s, China still has an all-powerful government controlling vast spans of the economy, opening the doors to corruption. Indeed, Professor Yuhua Wang of the University of Pennsylvania discovered that many polluting industries’ business leaders used to be local bureaucrats. As a result, they still have high returns on investment during high-smog days where officials try to limit industrial activity. So, ordinary citizens of major Chinese cities like Beijing and Shanghai should not expect to see a clear sky anytime soon.

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