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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:

 

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Political landscapes are shifting around the globe. Raised in an era of the financial crisis, everlasting wars, ballooning private & public debt, battles over gay marriage, and the US government’s surveillance state, young people today recognize that the status quo is broken and are looking for alternatives. Libertarians are well positioned to address these issues, and although long thought of as “on the right”, are today finding more common ground with modern liberals and progressives.

This panel, which will be taking place at the ISFLC, will feature leading activists from a wide range left of center issues. Activists and community organizers with hands on experience and success in building organizations and initiatives for change. We will discuss how libertarians and the left can work together to create a more free and fair future.

Participants:

  • Clark Ruper, Students For Liberty Vice President
  • Jill Harris, Drug Policy Alliance Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives
  • Zach Wahls, LGBTQ rights advocate, author of My Two Moms (check out his memorable speech to the Iowa House below)
  • Barbara Sostaita, Students For Liberty North American Executive Board (more…)

This article was originally published in April 2011, but it is still valuable today as we continue to break new ground promoting the ideas of liberty on college campuses all over the world. Be sure to apply for the 2012-2013 Campus Coordinator Class by May 1! 

A common theme of the 2008 election was the conservative media pundits bashing Barack Obama for his background as a “community organizer” on the south side of Chicago.  He was chastised for having learned from Bill Ayers and Saul Alinsky, who literally wrote the book on community organizing (Rules for Radicals, if you have not read it do so immediately).  Never mentioned in the media frenzy was the critical role that community organizers play in creating social change. (more…)

Finding libertarian college students, connecting them to each other, providing resources and training to for them to be effective advocates on campus, building the student movement for liberty – this is what Students For Liberty does.  I know how important these services are because they did not exist when I was a student.  That is why I hope you will support student activists across the country by Giving the Gift of Liberty this holiday season.

I became a libertarian during my freshman year at the University of Michigan in 2004 because of student activists.  I had already read Atlas Shrugged and disliked government, but I did not know what a libertarian was.  By luck I just happened to run into the UM College Libertarians at the annual student group fair.  They opened by eyes to the wider philosophy of liberty.

I dove right into the student activism scene, and within a year was an officer in many groups such as the College Libertarians, Young Americans for Freedom, Students For a Sensible Drug Policy, and others.  While I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, I had no idea what I was doing.  My fellow leaders and I were making it all up as we went along.  We did not know any other libertarian students at other schools, we had no idea what experiences other groups had that we could learn from, and we did not know about the professional libertarian organizations that would have helped us if we had only asked.  I never even attended an Institute for Humane Studies seminar or Cato U simply because no one ever told me they existed.

That is exactly the gap that Students For Liberty fills.  SFL was not founded until after I graduated and I knew nothing about it until I attended their 2009 International Conference.  However at the conference I was immediately impressed by both the enthusiasm of the 150+ attendees and the professionalism of the event.  I was amazed to find out that it was all organized by student volunteers.  It was clear that the founders had recognized and were filling an unmet market need in the liberty movement.

At the conference I also found out that SFL was looking to hire their first full time employee, a manager who would work for the student Executive Board to help them carry out the mission.  Recognizing how valuable SFL would have been when I was a student, I decided to offer my services although I already had a well paying job at another DC non-profit.  The mission of SFL was simply too important for me not to get involved.

That was by far the best decision I have ever made.  The experience has been rewarding in more ways than I can describe.  We now have 3 full time staff, the International SFL Conference has grown to over 300 students, and our free books, E-Leadership, Regional Conferences, Bastiat Project, and other programs are unqualified successes.  We are finding more libertarian college students than ever before.  By far the biggest reward is seeing the faces of new students when they walk into one of our events, see all their fellow libertarian students, and the light bulb goes on.  “I am not alone” they say to themselves, “I am part of a thriving student movement that will change the world”.  They probably don’t realize it at the time, but the students are already altering the landscape of the future.

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Special announcement everyone.  This Thursday, SFL Program Manager Clark Ruper will appear on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. Thursday’s edition of The News Hour will focus on President Obama’s plan for health care reform and the varying public reactions to it. 
  • What: SFL Program Manager Clark Ruper on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
  • Date: Thursday, September 17
  • Time: PBS TV schedules vary by location.  Use this link to find the time and channel for you:  http://www.pbs.org/newshour/airdates.html

Clark specifically will speak on the provision that mandates all Americans have health insurance or else they pay a fine.  He will explain that as a young healthy person he has voluntarily chosen not to purchase health insurance and instead invests in his own savings.  Clark will express that he is not alone and that thousands of other young people choose not to have health insurance and do not want to be forced by the government to purchase it against their will.