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NoNanny Chocolat eIt’s time for us to take a stand. As a Canadian myself, I witness the over-reaching nanny state here in Canada everyday. Today, I want to give you an opportunity to join me in pushing back against over-regulation.

Myself and other SFLers are going to be on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday May 31st to mock the growing number of nanny state regulations in Canada and we would love for you to join us! We plan on starting at 9:00am.

If you interested in helping educate people on Parliament Hill and taking a stand against the ever-growing nanny state, simply email me at [email protected]

Also, if you are in need of travel assistance to get to Ottawa, please let me know!

The following is a message from our friends at Taliesin Nexus

LLF-logo-2ATaliesin Nexus (TN) is pleased to invite you to the 2016 Liberty Lab for Film San Francisco Screening!  Six short films, all with unique themes of liberty, will premiere at the Alamo Drafthouse on June 2, 2016. Taliesin will provide drinks, appetizers, and the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals who share a passion for a free society.  RSVP today via EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/liberty-lab-for-film-san-francisco-screening-event-tickets-24879375883 or contact Victoria at [email protected] for more info!

Taliesin Nexus (TN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on the talent-development of liberty-inspired filmmakers, authors, and other cultural creators who seek to promote America’s foundational values. Click here to learn more about Taliesin Nexus and the Liberty Lab for Film program.

healing-our-world-the-compassion-of-libertarianism.w250Last year, we gave you the opportunity to help choose the cover art for a new edition of Healing Our World: The Compassion of Libertarianism by Mary J. Ruwart. We’re excited to follow-up on that contest with some fantastic news. The book, and its new cover, is currently tied for first place in the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. Your vote can help make it number one!

If we succeed, Healing Our World will get some additional promotion this summer — just before the elections — to readers, librarians, and book store owners who follow Foreword Reviews. What better to present before frustrated American voters than a book whose subtitle reads “How to Enrich the Poor, Protect the Environment, Deter Crime, & Defuse Terrorism?”

To vote, just click here and then scroll down to the comments section at the bottom of the page and paste #INDIEFABFAV into a comment stating that Healing Our World is your pick to win. Here’s an example from the author:

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Thanks so much for helping bring liberty — and sanity, hopefully — to the upcoming election!

 

How are you using your free time this summer? Hitting the beach? Visiting friends? Binging on Netflix? Add this to your list:

Hosting a once-a-week Virtual Reading Group around a libertarian idea that you’re excited about and want to share with the SFL network. You pick the professor. You pick the topic. You run the discussion. We’re just here to help.

accessible_resourcesSFL’s Academic Programs staff will provide you with whatever support you need – from working with you and your faculty partner to finalize the syllabus, to facilitating weekly discussion meetings.

Past VRGs have included topics like: “War, Security, and Liberty” with Professor Chris Coyne, “The Socialist Calculation Debate” with Dr. Steve Horwitz, Professor Bryan Caplan on “The Case for Open Borders,” and a reading of Red Plenty with Liberty Fund Senior Fellow, Dr. Sarah Skwire.

Click below to apply today and help fellow SFL-ers explore a new niche of the pro-liberty literature. After all, we both know they’re unlikely to get this info in the classroom!

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Germans-airlift-1948On this day in 1949 the Soviet Union ended its 11-month blockade of capitalist West Berlin restoring much needed flows of food and other goods into the besieged city-within-a-city. While the Cold War was just getting started, the Berlin blockade — and subsequent airlift by US and British forces — became of the symbol of the strife to come. Starvation, whether in occupied and besieged enemy territories or at home, was a staple of state socialism. Those in East Berlin later had the unenviable position of seeing their friends and family prosper in a market economy just across the wall. As Venezuelans starve under yet another failed socialist regime, this history is worth revisiting.

How were the United States and Great Britain able to end the blockade? It wasn’t through force, but rather by leveraging the prosperity of market capitalism to feed the people of West Berlin. Together, they pulled off the largest airlift in history, flying 278,288 relief missions over 14 months and delivering 2,326,406 tons of supplies. When it became clear to the Soviets that they couldn’t out-spend the capitalists, the blockade was lifted and delivery of key resources like coal resumed.