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This report was prepared by the project steering team which is made up of ten Club Presidents and staff members of SFL Burundi. The Country Director of SFL Burundi and ASFL East African Regional Director, Aimable Manirakiza, approved this report.

Student leaders over at SFL Burundi have just completed a project that aimed to bolster their members’ knowledge of the principles and foundations of the capitalist system. Through the support of the Atlas Network and the Eastern African Policy Center,  SFL Burundi distributed 500 books that discuss the benefits of capitalism.sfl-burundi-lead

Aimable Manirakiza deserves special mention. After being selected to sit on the African executive board, Aimable wanted to share materials in Burundi — materials that discuss the ideas of liberty. Aimable was faced with the problem of how to distribute the material to the students. He received a grant from the Atlas Network to print the books in Kenya. Following the printing, Aimable transported the books on the road.

Aimable spent November and December traveling around Burundi, visiting ten different campuses. It was at these schools that he set up a presentation detailing the ideas and ultimately ended up distributing 500 books to students. (more…)

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”

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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

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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”  

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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!

atlas-book-2016-coverThe Atlas Network has just released a new book — Self Control, or State Control — edited by Dr. Tom Palmer, and we’ve put aside a box of 100 just for you. Just fill out the form below to claim your 100 copies today!

The book features essays by John Tierney, Lisa Conyers, Jeffrey Miron, and several more that delve into the relationship between freedom and responsibility, their philosophical and scientific underpinnings, and the practical value of self-control.

“Each of us faces a great choice,” Palmer writes in the first chapter. “Shall I quietly accept the system of state control or shall I stand up for self-control? Self-control offers a life of freedom and responsibility. It enables us to realize our dignity in peace and harmony with others. It is a life worthy of a human being.”

Here’s what a few people you may recognize had to say about the book:

“This important book is in the tradition of Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments in which self-control is necessary in the service of decentralized processes of human socio-economic betterment. State control can never substitute for self-control without destroying freedom and all that is human in both society and economy.” – Vernon L. Smith, 2002 Nobel Laureate in Economics

“Life is full of difficult choices.  It requires courage to take responsibility for your own life and carve your own path.  However, that’s also the best way to ensure a successful future and a prosperous, healthy society. If I were a young person pursuing a productive and rewarding life, I’d buy a copy of this book and study it carefully.” – John Mackey, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market

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We’re thrilled to announce that European Students For Liberty has won the Atlas Network’s 2015 Smith Student Outreach Award!

There are a lot of reasons to be optimistic for the future of liberty in Europe, but Atlas noted this past year’s ESFLC as particularly encouraging:

The annual European Students for Liberty Conference (ESFLC) offers students the opportunity to learn, exchange ideas, and build strategies to advance liberty in Europe. From immigration to free trade, from the crisis in Ukraine to relationship between Islam and free markets, the 2015 conference presented a wide variety of talks from a free-market angle to the more than 500 participants from 43 countries that attended the fourth edition of ESFLC.

Since the continent-wide conference, ESFL has continued to bring liberty to every corner of Europe. Throughout the past few months, ESFL Regional Conferences brought exciting speakers, activism training, and camaraderie to Standing room only at the Tbilisi, Georgia RC. libertarian students. Just last month, ESFL experienced the greatest ever single weekend for student outreach, with out-of-this-world attendance in two of ESFL’s newer regions – Tbilisi, Georgia and Sofia, Bulgaria, which brought in over 300 students each. This excitement is reflected in local activism efforts as well, with students in Georgia staging an effective marijuana decriminalization campaign.

October also featured the Heidelberg Regional Conference, which SFL VP of Finance & Operations Fred Roeder called “[o]ne of the best SFL events I have ever attended,” noting that the conference was fully funded by by local support and well-attended by Heidelberg media outlets. Local Coordinators advertise for the Heidelberg RC.

Even more exciting, ESFL Local Coordinators were responsible for the entirety of this very successful event. If you want to experience the excitement for yourself, you’ve got a few more chances to attend an Regional Conference this month in places like Milan, Vienna, and Wroclaw.

These conferences alone can’t tell the full story of ESFL, though, which has exploded in the past year, taking on key issues like paternalistic EU polices through the #NoNanny campaign and even organizing locally to help feed refugees fleeing the Syrian war. We’re thrilled that the efforts of our dedicated student leaders have been recognized by the Atlas Network and are excited to see what the rest of the year brings for liberty in Europe!

ESFL will be presented with the Smith Student Outreach Award at Atlas Network’s Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner, held on Nov. 11–12 in New York City.

Atlas_LogoAre you an aspiring policy researcher? Well, in just two days, you’ve got the chance to learn from one of the best policy experts out there at the Atlas Network’s webinar, Research Methodologies for Think Tanks with Jeff Miron. The third in a series on policy research within think tanks, Thursday’s webinar will feature Jeff Miron, director of economic studies at the Cato Institute on the subject of research methodology for studies meant to move policy.

The presentation will provide an introduction to key research methodologies, when to use them, and how to employ research to effect policy change. It also counts for one credit for anyone enrolled in the Atlas Leadership Academy.

It can be difficult to know what skills to focus on when considering a career in the policy world, but with the help of experienced researchers, you can learn how meaningful research is conducted in a think tank environment. There’s no better place to start than with one of the Cato Institute’s preeminent scholars and the support of the Atlas Network.

jeff mironIn addition to his work at Cato, Jeff Miron is the director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. He is the author of Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition and The Economics of Seasonal Cycles and focuses on the area of the economics of libertarianism, with particular emphasis on the economics of illegal drugs. So the webinar should be particularly useful for anyone interested in drug policy and the economics of prohibition and other restrictions on trade.

Register here to reserve your space and then tune in this Thursday at 10:00 am EST for an informative morning and the opportunity to improve your research methodology!