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You loved him at last year’s International Students For Liberty Conference and, now that he’s bigger than ever, we’re bringing him back!

This year, libertarian comedian and Charleston native Jeremy McLellan will be returning to the ISFLC mainstage as our Friday night Master of Ceremonies.

We’re thrilled to have one of the funniest stand-ups around lead us through the opening-night program and are looking forward to his biting insights and clever coverage of hot-button issues like politics, gender, race, disability, religion, and… Santa Claus.Jeremy McLellan

He won the 2015 and 2016 Charleston Standup Comedy Competition and was named Best Local Comic in the Charleston City Paper. In the past year, Jeremy has performed for YALCON 2016, the LP National Convention in Orlando, and recently toured with Gary Johnson’s Our American Initiative.

Register today to catch him on the ISFLC mainstage as things kick off Friday night!

Register for #ISFLC17 today!
 

In addition to Mr. McLellan, the following speakers have been announced for ISFCL17:

  • CrossFit CEO & Founder Greg Glassman
  • World-renowned social psychologist and author of The Righteous Mind, Jonathan Haidt
  • Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Network, Tom G. Palmer
  • Forbes Media Editor-in-Chief, Steve Forbes
  • Austrian economist and editor of the Journal of Private Enterprise, Edward Stringham
  • Hürriyet columnist Mustafa Akyol

We also just opened up nominations for the 2017 ISFLC Awards! 

If you know an outstanding student, event, or student group that deserves to be recognized, click here to nominate them today.

See you in February! Don’t forget to register before prices go up on January 1st.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver provides some of my favorite infotainment available. I can enjoy the show even when Oliver is promoting views that are directly contrary to liberty, but luckily the show has also done some segments that expose some pretty blatant abuses of government power. Here are the Last Week Tonight videos that every libertarian should see.

Last Week Tonight: Civil Asset Forfeiture

I was borderline evangelical about this segment after I first saw it. Civil asset forfeiture, the process of taking property from citizens without charging them with a crime, is not quite the dirty little secret it used to be, especially within libertarian circles. However, many average citizens still need a crash course in how terrible it is, and no one has provided a more entertaining one than Last Week Tonight.

Last Week Tonight: Prisons

Last Week Tonight has libertarian moments in this criticism of America’s criminal justice system. While their segment on the prison system is more critical of prison privatization than some libertarians would be, it does drive home some important points: the United States has incarcerated too many people, too many prisoners are only there for low-level drug offenses, and some are victims of human rights violations that many Americans would rather just ignore. Also, there’s singing puppets in this video, and who doesn’t like singing puppets?

Last Week Tonight: U.S. Territories

This video covers a topic rarely discussed in libertarian circles or the U.S. in general: the treatment of U.S. island territories. Despite having to put up with the horrendous policies the U.S. government passes, people who live in these territories have little say in what those policies are or who is responsible for deciding them. The whole situation is a direct contradiction to the idea that a government should derive its power from the consent of the governed. (more…)

This is part of the blog series, Unlikely Heroes for Liberty, which highlights pro-liberty actions or ideas of figures who are otherwise anti-libertarian.

The late comedian George Carlin finally got the hometown recognition he deserved with a Manhattan street block named after him. The 400 block of 121st Street was renamed “George Carlin Way” after a multi-year effort from Kevin Bartini, a warm-up comic on The Daily Show. Bartini, who realized that Carlin did not have a tribute to him in the spot where he grew up, jumped through all of the local government’s hoops and even battled a reverend at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church on the same block who knew and despised Carlin.

Bartini’s ordeal is a fitting tribute to Carlin: a battle with government and organized religion. Although the church and Carlin’s early home were on the 500 block, a compromise was reached to move the signs down a block. As fellow comedian Colin Quinn noted, “It’s like an old neighborhood solution: Take it down the block. Have your fight there. George would love it.” Bartini responded, “Symbolically, the sign is hanging somewhere else just because the powers that be didn’t want you to know who George Carlin was or what he said. It cements even more what a counterculture icon he was. And still is.”

Carlin’s debut in comedy dates back to the 1960s, when he appeared on the Tonight Show alongside Johnny Carson and on the Ed Sullivan Show. While he started as a clean-cut entertainer with a skinny-tie suit typical of the decade, he quickly changed course during the apogee of the hippie movement, shedding his clean image in favor of a darker type of comedy.

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