The 2017 International Students For Liberty Conference is really coming together as we head into the new year!

We’ve been announcing speakers left and right, and have a lot more coming up in the next few weeks. Today, I’m pleased to announce a few of the sessions sponsored by our friends at the Atlas Network.

Here’s where you can find the Atlas Network at ISFLC17:

Dr. Tom G Palmer — “A New, Old Challenge: Global-Anti-Libertarianism”


A spectre is haunting the world: the spectre of radical anti-libertarian movements, each grappling with the others like scorpions in a bottle and all competing to see which can dismantle the institutions of liberty the fastest. Some are ensconced in the universities and other elite centers, and some draw their strength from populist anger. Dr. Palmer will discuss where these anti-libertarian movements came from, how they feed off each other, and how libertarians can fight back.

 “Advancing Liberty Around the World” (Panel) — Alexander Skouras


The cause of human liberty knows no borders. The Atlas Network is composed of 467 independent organizations in 97 countries, a community of liberty lovers who fight every day for free enterprise, the rule of law, property rights, and limited government. Oftentimes against incredible odds in very hostile places. Join Atlas Network’s Alexander Skouras and a panel of international freedom champions to learn the landscape of the global liberty movement.


Clark Ruper  “Fundraising for Freedom on Campus and Beyond”  


Passion for liberty will only get you so far. In order to make an impact, both student groups and non-profits need resources, and it all starts with the most important resource: money. Fortunately the libertarian movement is supported by successful capitalists who know that money is not the “root of all evil” but a standard of exchanging value for value. These philanthropists will support your work if you can identify them, make a compelling case, and most importantly: ask!


Hear from these and all of our other wonderful speakers at the Tenth Annual ISFLC! Register now by clicking below:


Register for #ISFLC17 today!

Graduating soon and looking for a great opportunity?HRF logo

Our friends at the Human Rights Foundation might have a position that’s right for you! Right now, there are a few positions open, ranging from a Communications Specialist (requires two years’ experience in communications, journalism, or public relations) to a variety of internships.

Internships currently open are:

  • Legal Intern: Under the guidance of HRF attorneys, the interns will research from diverse sources of legal information, including treaties, international decisions, domestic legislation and decisions, government and institutional records, academic papers, journals, etc. They will draft memoranda memorializing the results of research, and may also assist in drafting other articles and writings related to international human rights.
  • Conferences and Event Intern: The event intern will work closely with the Freedom Forum program team on event coordination related to the 2017 Oslo Freedom Forum, which will take place May 22-24, 2017, as well as other events hosted by HRF. Main tasks will include conference logistics, including booking travel and arranging visa applications for international attendees, as well as drafting social media posts and researching speakers and performers.

If you’ve got a strong passion for individual rights and want to make a difference in the world, consider applying for one of these great opportunities. Click here for more information and instructions to apply. 

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The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, one of our partner organizations and a group that does great work correcting the record on communism, has two events coming up in the next few weeks that are definitely worth checking out. Both are in Washington, DC, so if you’re in the area, consider attending!

First, this Sunday, they’ll be holding a vigil for the victims of the Fidel Castro regime after his death on November 25th. You can find out more and RSVP to the Facebook event here. Here’s the full event description:

“The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation invites you to join us in commemorating the thousands of victims who suffered and died at the hands of the Castro regime in Cuba. A candlelight vigil will take place on December 4th, 2016 at 4:30 PM at the Victims of Communism Memorial on the corner of New Jersey and Massachusetts Avenues in Washington, DC.

We ask that you join us in standing with the Cuban people, remembering their past suffering, and hoping that this event marks the beginning of a truly democratic future for the island.”

Then, next week, you can attend the US premiere of “The Bleeding Edge” — a new film about censorship and organ farming in China at the E Street Cinema. The event will feature a screening of the film as well as a Q&A with Director Leon Lee and Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin. The screening takes place on Wednesday, December 14th at 6:30 pm and you can find more information on the Facebook event page.

VOC recommends that you reserve your ticket here in advance as tickets are expected to sell out due to extremely limited seating.

Back in 1997, the famous actor Charlton Heston called the Second Amendment “America’s first freedom.” The recent battle to defend this freedom is the subject of Shall Not Be Infringed, a book co-written by former president of the National Rifle Association David A. Keene and prominent attorney Thomas L. Mason. The authors paint a detailed but accessible picture of the history of gun control post-1990, focusing primarily on Congress, the Supreme Court, national media, and the United Nations.51w4KgDD8XL._SX333_BO1,204,203,200_

With endorsements from the editor of the Washington Times and the National Chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Shall Not Be Infringed is a formidable tool in the hands of any American concerned with defending gun rights. Releasing the book shortly before November’s election, Keene and Mason predicted that if Hillary Clinton became president, Americans would “lose their individual right to keep and bear arms.” Although this has not come to pass, Second Amendment activists and the liberty movement in general should still read this book cover-to-cover. Gun control remains a priority for many politicians after decades of bitter debate, and you can be sure that this trend will continue long into the future.

Part One of the book concentrates on recent developments in the domestic gun control debate, beginning with an overview of the key players in the contemporary arena of gun politics. Of particular interest is the book’s discussion of the highly-publicized “Fast and Furious” scandal, which saw the U.S. government force gun shops near the Mexican border to allow Mexican criminals to buy guns without passing background checks. (more…)

Screen Shot 2016-11-04 at 11.57.13 AMThe Institute for Liberal Studies will be awarding $9,000 in cash prizes for student essays answering the question “Are there moral limits to markets?”.

To be eligible, you must be a full-time post-secondary student studying in Canada, or a Canadian resident enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution in another country. Essays should not exceed 2,000 words and must be submitted by February 28, 2017.

The following prizes will be awarded:

Graduate Students

  • 1st Place – $1,500
  • 2nd Place – $750
  • 3rd Place – $500

Undergraduate Students

  • 1st Place – $1,000
  • 2nd Place – $500
  • 3rd Place – $250

Canadian students, take advantage of this awesome opportunity!

Apply here!