Glenn Beck recently addressed Ann Coulter’s appearance at ISFLC, and at first attempted to judge whether or not she was right in suggesting that libertarians focus too much attention on drug legalization. However, the segment soon turned into a criticism of the libertarian movement’s openness to so-called outsiders. Beck pleaded with libertarians to be more open to those who don’t necessarily share a complete commitment to individual liberty, free markets, and peace. Beck believes that without openness and compromise that libertarianism will languish without influence on the future of American politics.
First, it’s important to point out that Students For Liberty is a very open organization. Unlike student organizations of the past who have issued sweeping statements about specific policies and goals (see the Port Huron and Sharon statements), SFL merely identifies social, economic, and academic freedom as the principles which comprise our belief in liberty, while we make explicit that “SFL does not dictate the foundations upon which individuals justify their belief in liberty. Rather, Students For Liberty embraces the diversity of justifications for liberty and encourages debate and discourse on the differing philosophies that underlie liberty.” Let us not allow Beck to label SFL as an exclusive club. We provide resources to groups of all stripes whether they be explicitly libertarian groups, Objectivists, or single-issue like drug legalization, LGBT rights, or gun rights. Also, our regional conferences are free and open to anyone to attend. (more…)