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The following was written by EsLibertad Leadership Associate Victoria Ramirez.

Learn more about SFL in Latin America at eslibertad.org.

Argentina

On November 13th, the EsLibertad Argentina team carried out a speaking event at the Economic Federation of Corrientes, a talk directed to 17 young people, given by Eduardo Marty, Public Accountant from the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, and an economist. Founder and CEO of Junior Achievement Argentina, the leading entrepreneurship training NGO in Argentina and President of the Education for the Future Foundation (NFTE). The talk was very productive and filled with interesting questions.

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Venezuela

image02Venezuela has organized all kinds of events this month! They had a forum on the US elections that had more than 50 attendees, a film forum on the fall of the Berlin Wall followed by a representation of the wall which was demolished to symbolize the fall of socialism at that time.

They continued with their social media campaign #PorUnaVenezuelaLibre (#ForAFreeVenezuela) and with their regular event “coffee and ideas.” There were a lot of talks and lectures at universities. Amazing work they do in Venezuela! (more…)

The following was written by International Executive Board Member for EsLibertad, Milica Pandžić .

You can read the original in Spanish here

A powerful (magnitude 7.8) earthquake hit northern Ecuador in recent weeks. They have already reported more than 500 dead and thousands homeless. donacion-celeste_squareIn this situation, the team of Estudiantes por la Libertad Ecuador invites all people throughout Latin America to donate to organizations with the logistical capacity to grant the necessary help to victims effectively.

In that sense, we encourage you to donate to the Ecuadorian Red Cross through its official account on the Ammado platform, in order to help with rescue efforts and shelter.

In addition, the Estudiantes por la Libertad Ecuador team is leading a campaign called #UnaBotellaPara in Manabi and Esmeraldas, to transport tap water for personal use to the most affected areas. For more information about the campaign and how to help, please contact Arianna Tanca (atanca@eslibertad.org) or Rebecca Morla (rmorla@eslibertad.org). For other ways to help Ecuador, see the website of the Ecuadorian Red Cross. 

Because solidarity has no borders, give the gift of solidarity today to those who most need it. Donate now!

Students For Liberty’s Student Disorientation grant program helped campus groups start the semester off right! Here’s Joaquín Arrieta, a Local Coordinator at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, on how he signed up new students at the start-of-semester. 

image1For our Student Disorientation event at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, we had a tabling session at the main hall of the university. We placed our table at the main hall because, during the first week of class, every new student gets lost and that is the best place to find help. Our “Estudiantes por la Libertad” roll-up grabed students’ attention and encouraged them to approach the table. (more…)

The following was written by Victoria Ramirez. 

Taxes. Those dreaded impositions that libertarians are always complaining about. They used to build many things that benefit many people, from roads, parks, schools and hospitals. Citizens can theoretically speaking, retire peacefully when they grow old due to social welfare. But the problem isn’t so much that taxes are being collected, the problem is how they are used.

Taxes have a moral justification for their use that lies in the common good. There are things that need to be done in order for all members of society to live safely, justly, with dignity, and comfortably. In order for society to somehow live happily, everyone has to contribute. So, everyone gives a little something for the state to use. The state, in its supposedly benevolent nature, will use these resources to build roads, parks, schools, hospital and all those things we need and supposedly, couldn’t get in any other way. (more…)

The following is by Estudiantes Por La Libertad Local Coordinator Milica Pandzic, who lives in Ecuador. 

In October 1978, Václav Havel wrote his famous essay “The Power of the Powerless” where he dissected the post-totalitarian states of Eastern Europe, analyzed its nature and described the dynamic between the system, the citizens and the dissidents. His essay is still current and portrays the political reality of some countries in Latin America.

These are not dictatorships as we used to know them, but they are dictatorships. The few in power have been replaced by a bureaucratic and self-proclaimed democratic state machinery where individuals are both the livelihood and the victims of the system. These systems are not local, Havel points out, as traditional dictatorships were. In the past few years, some Latin-American countries have been infected by pseudo-dictatorships with a similar nature. These developments do not precisely fit Havel’s “post-totalitarian system” term either for the same reason. One might assume from these terms that these political systems are not dictatorships or totalitarian, when in fact they are.

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