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The following was written by former EsLibertad Chairwoman Milica Pandžić .

In his Letters on the English of 1734, Voltaire gives an interesting description of the London Stock Exchange:

“Go into the London Stock Exchange – a more respectable place than many a court – and you will see representatives from all nations gathered together for the utility of men. Here Jew, Mohammedan and Christian deal with each other as though they were all of the same faith, and only apply the word infidel to people who go bankrupt. Here the Presbyterian trusts the Anabaptist and the Anglican accepts a promise from the Quaker. On leaving these peaceful and free assemblies some go to the Synagogue and others for a drink, this one goes to be baptized in a great bath in the name of Father, Son and Holy Ghost, that one has his son’s foreskin cut and has some Hebrew words he doesn’t understand mumbled over the child, others go to heir church and await the inspiration of God with their hats on, and everybody is happy.”

When describing what he saw, Voltaire explains how trade makes people leave their personal preferences or prejudices to exchange goods and services. When most people sell their products or provide professional services, they are not thinking about the thousands of aspects that differentiate them from the customer (religion, social or economic status, political ideology, etc.) but about what they have in common: reaching an agreement that benefits both. (more…)

This post was written by SFL Campus Coordinator Taylor Anderson.

This election season has brought an unending amount of surprise, 1shock, confusion, anger…and apparently no inspiration. As the Eastern Washington University Chapter was setting up for a wonderful day of recruiting at our organization drive (with 250 different clubs and sponsors), I noticed something was missing. Where were the College Democrats and Republicans? They were within eyes reach last year since they try to keep similar interests together. I went to the information booth to investigate, only to find out that neither of them re-registered their clubs this year. Needless to say I was shocked, though I suppose that gave us the monopoly on politics this election season.

Students who walked by our booth gave us a wide range of questions, anything from “What is that sign and how do I found out what I am?” to “Are you giving all of these books away for free?!” I am so grateful for the amazing resources the liberty community has given us, such as through Students For Liberty’s “Get Out The Liberty” campaign. We got compliments from staff on how great our table looked.

The following is by Young Voices Advocate Megan Arnold and originally appeared at c4ss.org.

“Liberty not only means that the individual has both the opportunity and the burden of choice; it also means that he must bear the consequences of his actions and will receive praise or blame for them.” F. A. Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty, Responsibility and Freedom.

What does it mean for speech to be free? I’m less interested in the legal specifications surrounding this question and more eager to discuss what this means for us in our daily interactions. As an anarchist, I don’t see a legitimate role for governments to play in limiting or privileging certain types of speech. However, that does not mean that individuals cannot or should not be held responsible for the things they say by others in their chosen communities. Since we’ve removed as an option the use of force to suppress speech, what avenues might remain available for praxis? (more…)

The following is a message from our friends at Praxis

Have you had an incredible summer internship at a liberty-advancing nonprofit? Have you loved meeting your intellectual role models at ISFLC, YALCon, and FreedomFest? Do you feel like you’re doing more for your career when you publish articles, impress your bosses, or organize a stellar Regional Conference?Praxis_break_the_mold_logo_vertical

You’re not the only one. College isn’t the right choice for everyone, and sometimes a gap year is just what you need to get focused on what you want to do long-term.

Breaking the “conveyor belt” mindset is something we’re all prone to do, as libertarians. We tend to approach new ideas with a mix of intrigue and skepticism. We love to play around with concepts others might find crazy, and we like to challenge the status quo. Why not do that with college?

Praxis, an educational apprenticeship program created by Isaac Morehouse, has been a popular option amongst SFLers. It’s a nine month entrepreneurial bootcamp and apprenticeship experience that completely rethinks the traditional college path, focusing on value creation and personal development above increasingly-irrelevant credentials. (more…)

Students For Liberty is pleased to present the first EsLibertad Annual Report. Estudiantes por la Libertad is the regional SFL body for Spanish-speaking Latin America. Read the report in Spanish here.

Here’s the report’s introduction from outgoing Eslibertad Chairwoman Milica Pandzic:

Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 12.16.47 PMNever in Latin American history has there been a generation like this. We are a generation that wants to be free and knows the way to achieve it. We are a  generation that, despite the distances, barriers, and borders, has managed to organize itself under the same flag. We are a generation that knows freedom is not only an ideal to be defended, but a real-world philosophy and a feeling that moves us.

Today, this passion for liberty has inspired hundreds of students throughout the continent. The organization that was born three years ago with only 30 leaders has grown to 300 leaders across 18 countries in the region. However, let’s not limit ourselves by looking at numbers when we can find faces. These are the faces that are changing Latin America.

Providing a platform of support, action, and empowerment is what distinguishes Estudiantes por la Libertad in the Latin American libertarian movement. We are committed to be the youth who change their present and build their future. That is what overcoming the fear of freedom is all about: being a face for  hopeful optimism and executing great things that show the world what we can achieve by being free. (more…)