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If you are reading this on a phone or computer, you have everything you need to join one of SFL’s virtual reading groups. VRGs grant readers the opportunity to discuss books with liberty minded people all around the world. Under the guidance of an expert, you can read and learn about a variety of different social, political, and economic thoughts and ideologies. It is a great way to discuss ideas, develop essential critical thinking skills, and connect with friends and fellow libertarians. These groups are open to all and a free book is provided on behalf of Students For Liberty. This February, SFL is offering two amazing virtual reading groups:

deschooling-america

Co-hosted by the Institute for Humane Studies, Deschooling Society will begin Thursday, February 9th at 6pm EST. Join Dr. Kevin Currie-Knight to discuss the role of the state in public education. Written by Ivan Illich, the book argues that a society must abolish state regulated education to have a complete separation of church and state. The discussion will consider his arguments and  question whether higher pay for teachers and higher standards for learning could fix the lingering problems of public education. According to Illich, the state’s involvement in education is a fundamental attack on freedom and liberty.

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15976946_1498333713529586_7857340871981543290_nAlso, join CEO of Istanbul Network for Liberty, Ali Salman, to discuss Islamic Foundations of a Free Society. The book dives deeply into the compatibility between Sharia Law and a free society. The group will discuss Muslim thought, societal-based welfare, freedom of choice, economic freedom, and jihad and political change. Join Ali Saturdays at 11am EST, starting February 26th. This is a great group if you are interested in the cultural, social, governmental, and economic repercussions of religion and its role in the state throughout various points in history.

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Don’t miss your chance to discuss freedom with these amazing experts!

cypherpunk vrg

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

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Power of WordsSFL is currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Blog Team and strong writers are encouraged to apply!

As a member of the Blog Team, you would write two posts per month on timely issues related to liberty. Past members of our Blog Team have written articles on topics such as free speech on campus, purity versus pragmatism in libertarian thought, and what the United States should (or shouldn’t) do about the Islamic State.

If you want to make your voice heard this year, apply before August 15th! 

As a member of the Blog Team, you will:

  • Hone your writing skills
  • Engage with the philosophy of liberty
  • Meet with other bloggers
  • Work alongside talented writers and editors

Click below to apply and become a member of the Blog Team today!





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Education VRG

Ever wonder how and why the state became the primary provider of education in the modern era? State education has become especially pervasive at the k-12 level and, while this has not occurred without its detractors, many now accept state-sponsored education as a given. Criticisms of public schools, however, are not restricted to contemporary thought and this is especially evident through the classical liberal tradition.

Students For Liberty is now offering a Virtual Reading Group centered around education and classical liberalism. The reading group will examine the topic of state education at the k-12 level in three phases:

  • The history of the state as educator.
  • Classical liberal critiques of state education.
  • How k-12 education may look in a classical liberal society.

Apply now to take part in this Virtual Reading Group with Dr. Kevin Currie-Knight of East Carolina University.

Meeting times:  Tuesdays, July 12 – August 23 7pm EDT

Application deadline: Friday, July 8

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hands-41338_960_720It’s kind of a trick question. The philosophy of anarchy, like most areas of thought, is nuanced and diverse. There’s a lot to explore in this rich intellectual tradition and SFL’s next upcoming Virtual Reading Group is designed to do just that. We can’t promise that you’ll have a clearer idea of how to answer this question after the experience, but we can promise you’ll learn a lot about different anarchist theorists and work through some of the practical problems of anarchism as a group.

While some associate anarchism with violence and chaos, most philosophical proponents of anarchism have something more subtle in mind – and not always the same thing. The readings for this program explore how social order and legal systems can arise independently of centralized political authority and in fact avoid violence and chaos. The selected readings are a combination of theoretical and historical studies, allowing us to discuss both the logical coherence and the practicality of proposed approaches to non-state social order.

Apply now to join this next VRG: Anarchy: Theory and Practice with Dr. Aeon Skoble of Bridgewater State University

Meeting times are: Tuesdays, June 7 – July 12 12pm EDT
Application deadline: Friday, June 3



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