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”


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


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”  


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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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!

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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.

isflc17-post-twitterWhile political posturing and scandals abound, we all need some good news for a change.

So, we’ve decided to extend early bird ISFLC17 prices until after the US election. You’ve now got until midnight November 8th to register at reduced rates. 

If you still need to register, today’s your lucky day! We hope this extension brightens election week for you, and gives you some hope for the future of liberty. 

If you’ve already registered, let your friends know there’s still time to take advantage of low registration rates. After the 8th, tickets will be $40 for student attendees and $75 for general admission. And they only go up from there! 

On top of today’s price extension, we’ve also got another speaker announcement: 

It’s my pleasure to announce that Hürriyet columnist Mustafa Akyol will be speaking at ISFLC17 on the subject of Islam and liberty.

unnamed (1)-1-167196-edited.jpgIn addition to his work at Hürriyet, Akyol writes for the website Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East, and The International New York Times.

His articles have also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian.

He studied political science and history at the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, where he still lives. His book, Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty, an argument for “Muslim liberalism” was published by W.W. Norton in July 2011, and received praise from the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, the Economist and more.

To hear from Mr. Akyol at ISFLC17 – and all of our amazing speakers – just click below or visit www.isflc.org to register today! 

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Screen Shot 2016-03-11 at 1.51.06 PMSFL’s California Ballot Issues Conference is coming up soon!

Why the focus on local issues? The ballot process is a culmination of the democratic process and a method that can be used to advance liberty. From the many proposals that seek to legalize marijuana to a proposal to lower the drinking age, libertarian issues can be advanced through ballot initiatives. Even though the ballot process can be used to advance liberty it can also be used against it. A proposal to increase firearms regulation in a state that already has excessive restrictions on firearms is in the process of going on the ballot in California while a proposal to raise the minimum wage is also making rounds.

The conference will have three esteemed academics who speaking on several different issues behind some of the ballot proposals. The speakers include Glen Whitman, a Professor of Economics at California State University, Northridge who will be speaking on minimum wage, Daniel C. Palm, a Professor of Political Science at Azusa Pacific University who will be speaking about gun rights and finally Donald Kochan who is the Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development and a Professor of Law at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. Dean Kochan will be speaking about marijuana legalization.

The location and time is April 30th from 11:00 am-2:30pm at California State University Dominguez Hills in the Loker Student Union, Room 324-325. Conference registration is free and includes a light breakfast and post-conference social lunch.

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I don’t need to tell you how bad things have gotten on U.S. campuses when it comes to the right to free speech and expression. As a fellow student, I’m sure you know. You probably have at least one story of a friend or acquaintance being silenced by overbearing administrators or overzealous classmates for speaking their mind.

But as bad as things are here, we’ve still got it better than many of our peers abroad. Take even the United Kingdom for instance, where a student was recently subjected to a vote for removal for raising her hand in a meeting. As one student present put it: “The whole thing was a ludicrous abuse of the entire intent of safe space.”

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Examples like this show why we’ve got to fight. While things are still a bit better here – thanks to foundations like the First Amendment and a long history of individual rights protections – this is the direction we’re headed. And quickly.

For a crash course on how to help prevent this dystopian perversion of the college classroom, join SFL on Saturday, April 16th for a day-long workshop on free speech advocacy at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Click below to learn more and register.

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