This blog post was submitted by Victoria Monro, board member of the Liberty League in the UK.
Friedrich von Hayek famously voiced his concern that without the necessary intervention, Britain could tumble down the unfortunate path to a more centrally controlled economy and society. He would be reassured to know that his advice on how to avoid this trap was not in vain; today, the liberal movement (with its European definition) is rapidly picking up speed.
Liberalism has found its way into the hearts of young activists. Thanks to the Liberty League, the UK’s network for freedom loving students and young people, university societies are being founded, or re-established, to collect free market, socially liberal students together. Five years ago there were three university societies committed to freedom – presently, over 30 universities can boast pro-freedom societies or groups around campus.
The Economist rightly highlighted two key institutions that have helped bring about this resurgence. To help bring student activists together, Liberty League holds the annual Liberty League Freedom Forum – a weekend of seminars and talks by individuals dedicated to preserving liberty. Attendance in April this year was at 230, up from just under 100 in 2011, the year it began. With speakers on natural rights, social justice, transport policy, the NHS, and training workshops on fields like public speaking, public relations, student activism and journalism, the weekend caters to all kinds of classical liberal areas of interest. Inclusive and engaging, it is a place for the mutual exchange of ideas, facilitated by distinguished speakers. (more…)