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“Capitalism is based on self-interest and self-esteem; it hold integrity and trustworthiness as cardinal virtues and makes them pay off in the marketplace, thus demanding that men survive by means of virtues, not vices.”

“If you want to fight for capitalism, there is only one type of argument that you should adopt, the only one that can ever win in a moral issue: the argument from self-esteem. This means: the argument from man’s right to exist — from man’s inalienable individual right to his own life.”

-Ayn Rand

For liberty to succeed, it needs persuasive reasons why the right way to live is to live in freedom — which means, it needs a philosophical and moral base. Join us in a collaborative discussion with other intelligent and motivated students to examine one of the most influential philosophies in the liberty movement.

15825980_10211802260956706_5386845939917711407_nBetween the 1930s and 1960s, the liberty movement was just a handful of economists and writers. Ayn Rand’s novels and essays, especially Atlas Shrugged, launched the liberty movement into broader American awareness and helped it grow into the much larger movement it is today. They continue to attract new advocates for freedom every year.

If you are attending the International Students for Liberty Conference, come a day earlier and learn about Ayn Rand’s unique and integrated framework and its justification of the free society. (more…)

Each year, the International Students For Liberty Conference features art from libertarians around the world. As the Ama-Gi Art Exhibit has grown and changed, it’s taken many forms and featured brilliant artists like Joe Turpin. A South African artist, Turpin exhibited internationally for the first time at ISFLC16 and went on to be featured in other major exhibitions, including at the Tate Modern in London.

This year, the Ama-Gi Art Exhibit is back, and we’ve got an amazing addition to the judging panel — legendary Gonzo artist, Ralph Steadman.

 

ralphRalph Steadman began his career as a cartoonist satirizing the British social and political scene of the 60s. In the 1970s, responding to what he called “the screaming lifestyle of America” he teamed up with Hunter S. Thompson which resulted in his iconic drawings for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and collaborations ranging from The Kentucky Derby to The Curse of Lono. He produced a book of his collected impressions of America, the Scar Strangled Banger, in 1974.

His work continues to influence and inspire artists around the world today and he’s planning an retrospective tour of America starting in fall 2017. But, before that, you can hear from him at ISFLC17

He’ll be Skyping in direct from his studio in Kent to give a guided tour of his work space, showing little seen pieces along the way, and then opening up the floor for an audience Q&A. He may even put pen to paper for a live demonstration of his inimitable technique!

screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-15-25-24He’s also agreed to help judge the art featured in the Ama-Gi Exhibit, and the winner will receive a signed print like that to the right in addition to a ticket to our prestigious Awards Dinner and recognition on the ISFLC Main Stage. 

So, make sure and get your submission in before the deadline tomorrow night at midnight (Friday, January 13th).

We accept submissions in any medium, including digital art, photography, sculpture, painting, collage, fashion, film, and performance. This will be a great opportunity to exhibit at a conference with over 1,500 attendees! If your submission is accepted, you will automatically receive free conference admission.

Submit your artwork now!

It may be gray and gloomy outside, but this speaker’s unflagging optimism could brighten anyone’s day.

Get excited for economic historian and author of Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future, Johan Norberg!

 

It is my great pleasure to announce that Johan Norberg will be speaking at this year’s International Students For Liberty Conference (ISFLC17). A die-hard classical liberal, Norberg hosts “Dead Wrong,” an internet sensation.

Check out this episode from December on the legacy of Fidel Castro: 

In addition to creating these web shorts, Norberg works as a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and is a member of the Mont Perelin Society. He’s also the author of In Defense of Global Capitalism and has an interesting story of becoming a classical liberal — after starting out as a left-anarchist, he started to see flaws in the romanticization of pre-Industrial society so popular on the left. He soon adopted the philosophy of pro-market libertarianism, which he felt “took freedom seriously.”

So, if you’re someone who takes freedom seriously, defends markets, and loves to learn, register now to hear from Johan Norberg at this year’s ISFLC: 

Register for #ISFLC17 today!


ISFLC Awards Nominations

If you haven’t nominated your picks yet for the 2017 ISFLC Awards, make sure and do so before THIS Sunday, January 15th! IMG_4465-1-044680-edited.jpg

The ISFLC Award Ceremony is one of the highlights of the conference every year, recognizing the best in libertarian student activism. After last year’s success, we’re reprising the full Awards Dinner program with Johan Norberg as the keynote speaker and a chance to meet many of SFL’s supporters and friends.

Award winners will not only get complimentary registration to ISFLC17, and travel to the conference, but will also be admitted to the dinner! And, yes, you can nominate yourself.

Don’t miss your chance to choose this year’s winner, vote now!

 

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Today, it’s my pleasure to announce a few great speakers from the Cato Institute who will be covering everything from Trump to tech at ISFLC17:

“Privacy in the Age of High-Tech Police Tools” – Adam Bates & Matthew Feeney

adambatesfeeney_20140520-14Law enforcement is taking advantage of new technologies such as StingRays and drones which, while allowing police to more easily find suspects, pose a wide range of significant privacy concerns. The Cato Institute’s Matthew Feeney and Adam Bates discuss how we can protect privacy amid the emergence of new and intrusive technologies.

“President Trump: How did we get here, and where do we go now?” – Emily Ekins

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Donald Trump was elected President despite pollsters’ nearly unanimous predictions to the contrary. Emily Ekins, a Cato Institute Research Fellow who focuses on public opinion and polling, will explain how. She will also explore what Trump’s election means for libertarians and where we should go from here. Emily’s publications include “The Libertarian Roots of the Tea Party” and “Public Attitudes toward Federalism: The Public’s Preference for a Renewed Federalism.”

“What to do about ISIS?” – Trevor Thrall

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Fifteen years after 9/11, the United States is still arguing about how to deal with terrorism. Most Democrats argue that the United States should stick with the current strategy, while many Republicans think the U.S. should step up the fight. Cato Institute Senior Fellow Trevor Thrall offers his own perspective on how to best confront one of the world’s most vexing foreign policy problems.

 

Register for #ISFLC17 today!


Free Speech Track at ISFLC17

And if free expression is your issue of choice, you’re in luck! This year’s conference will feature a full track of break-out sessions centered around issues in censorship and speech.We’ll be announcing more soon, but check out the first Free Speech Panel today:FIRE

Sponsored by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, this panel will feature Molly Nocheck, who leads the FIRE Student Network, and Senior Program Officer Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon.

Entitled “Leave a Legacy: The Fight for Civil Liberties on Campus,” the panel will cover the basics of your free speech and due process rights as a college student, how you can help advance your rights on campus, and how FIRE can help you achieve those goals.

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

Register for #ISFLC17 today!

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The late 80s and early 90s saw the creation of the internet, and during these early years a group of programmers, cryptographers, hackers, and activists came together online to outline how this technology had the potential to realize a radically different political order. These were the cypherpunks, and their vision was ‘crypto-anarchy’: a world where nation-states were stripped of their power to coerce, as cryptography would prevent them from ever knowing who they should be coercing.

You might have noticed something: this has not happened.

The creation of the internet has already raised significant challenges both to libertarians (who are now, post-Snowden, aware of the extent of the surveillance state) and to the state itself (which is trying to understand how to regulate new technologies and structures such as cryptography, cryptocurrency, and distributed autonomous organizations). But so far we have only witnessed the early effects of the internet-of-information; since 2008, the world has seen the start of the internet-of-value and the internet-of-things, which also promise radical transformations.

Our new Virtual Reading Group, “Cypherpunks and Libertarianism, aims to explore the links between the cypherpunks and the liberty movement in a variety of areas. Participants will explore how cryptography can challenge state power, the future of intellectual property, social orders in cyberspace, freedom of speech in the context of computer code, and much more!

The deadline for applications is January 6th 2017.

  • Discussion Leader: Dr. Alexander J. Malt, Department of Philosophy, University of Durham (UK)
  • Meeting Dates: Wednesdays 6pm EST, 1/11/2017 – 2/15/2017

Apply now!