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“Capitalism is based on self-interest and self-esteem; it hold integrity and trustworthiness as cardinal virtues and makes them pay off in the marketplace, thus demanding that men survive by means of virtues, not vices.”

“If you want to fight for capitalism, there is only one type of argument that you should adopt, the only one that can ever win in a moral issue: the argument from self-esteem. This means: the argument from man’s right to exist — from man’s inalienable individual right to his own life.”

-Ayn Rand

For liberty to succeed, it needs persuasive reasons why the right way to live is to live in freedom — which means, it needs a philosophical and moral base. Join us in a collaborative discussion with other intelligent and motivated students to examine one of the most influential philosophies in the liberty movement.

15825980_10211802260956706_5386845939917711407_nBetween the 1930s and 1960s, the liberty movement was just a handful of economists and writers. Ayn Rand’s novels and essays, especially Atlas Shrugged, launched the liberty movement into broader American awareness and helped it grow into the much larger movement it is today. They continue to attract new advocates for freedom every year.

If you are attending the International Students for Liberty Conference, come a day earlier and learn about Ayn Rand’s unique and integrated framework and its justification of the free society. (more…)

It may be gray and gloomy outside, but this speaker’s unflagging optimism could brighten anyone’s day.

Get excited for economic historian and author of Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future, Johan Norberg!

 

It is my great pleasure to announce that Johan Norberg will be speaking at this year’s International Students For Liberty Conference (ISFLC17). A die-hard classical liberal, Norberg hosts “Dead Wrong,” an internet sensation.

Check out this episode from December on the legacy of Fidel Castro: 

In addition to creating these web shorts, Norberg works as a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and is a member of the Mont Perelin Society. He’s also the author of In Defense of Global Capitalism and has an interesting story of becoming a classical liberal — after starting out as a left-anarchist, he started to see flaws in the romanticization of pre-Industrial society so popular on the left. He soon adopted the philosophy of pro-market libertarianism, which he felt “took freedom seriously.”

So, if you’re someone who takes freedom seriously, defends markets, and loves to learn, register now to hear from Johan Norberg at this year’s ISFLC: 

Register for #ISFLC17 today!


ISFLC Awards Nominations

If you haven’t nominated your picks yet for the 2017 ISFLC Awards, make sure and do so before THIS Sunday, January 15th! IMG_4465-1-044680-edited.jpg

The ISFLC Award Ceremony is one of the highlights of the conference every year, recognizing the best in libertarian student activism. After last year’s success, we’re reprising the full Awards Dinner program with Johan Norberg as the keynote speaker and a chance to meet many of SFL’s supporters and friends.

Award winners will not only get complimentary registration to ISFLC17, and travel to the conference, but will also be admitted to the dinner! And, yes, you can nominate yourself.

Don’t miss your chance to choose this year’s winner, vote now!

 

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Today, it’s my pleasure to announce a few great speakers from the Cato Institute who will be covering everything from Trump to tech at ISFLC17:

“Privacy in the Age of High-Tech Police Tools” – Adam Bates & Matthew Feeney

adambatesfeeney_20140520-14Law enforcement is taking advantage of new technologies such as StingRays and drones which, while allowing police to more easily find suspects, pose a wide range of significant privacy concerns. The Cato Institute’s Matthew Feeney and Adam Bates discuss how we can protect privacy amid the emergence of new and intrusive technologies.

“President Trump: How did we get here, and where do we go now?” – Emily Ekins

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Donald Trump was elected President despite pollsters’ nearly unanimous predictions to the contrary. Emily Ekins, a Cato Institute Research Fellow who focuses on public opinion and polling, will explain how. She will also explore what Trump’s election means for libertarians and where we should go from here. Emily’s publications include “The Libertarian Roots of the Tea Party” and “Public Attitudes toward Federalism: The Public’s Preference for a Renewed Federalism.”

“What to do about ISIS?” – Trevor Thrall

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Fifteen years after 9/11, the United States is still arguing about how to deal with terrorism. Most Democrats argue that the United States should stick with the current strategy, while many Republicans think the U.S. should step up the fight. Cato Institute Senior Fellow Trevor Thrall offers his own perspective on how to best confront one of the world’s most vexing foreign policy problems.

 

Register for #ISFLC17 today!


Free Speech Track at ISFLC17

And if free expression is your issue of choice, you’re in luck! This year’s conference will feature a full track of break-out sessions centered around issues in censorship and speech.We’ll be announcing more soon, but check out the first Free Speech Panel today:FIRE

Sponsored by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, this panel will feature Molly Nocheck, who leads the FIRE Student Network, and Senior Program Officer Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon.

Entitled “Leave a Legacy: The Fight for Civil Liberties on Campus,” the panel will cover the basics of your free speech and due process rights as a college student, how you can help advance your rights on campus, and how FIRE can help you achieve those goals.

Hear from these and all of our other wonderful speakers at the Tenth Annual ISFLC! Register now by clicking below:

Register for #ISFLC17 today!

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!

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul will be speaking – for the first time ever – at the Tenth Annual International Students For Liberty Conference!

 

You know him as the man who filibustered for nearly 13 hours to try and block John Brennan’s confirmation as CIA director, showing a profound dedication to the preservation of American civil liberties. He’s also been a staunch advocate of criminal justice reform, an opponent of the out-of-control executive, and a vocal critic of the Federal Reserve and U.S. monetary policy.

Now, he’s gearing up to oppose superhawk John Bolton’s likely appointment as Secretary of State.

Here’s a bit more about Senator Paul:Rand Paul

Senator Rand Paul, M.D. is one of the nation’s leading advocates for liberty. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010, Dr. Paul has proven to be an outspoken champion for constitutional liberties and fiscal responsibility. As a fierce advocate against government overreach, Rand has fought tirelessly to return government to its limited, constitutional scope.

A devoted husband and father, Dr. Paul and his family live in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where Rand owned his own ophthalmology practice and performed eye surgery for 18 years. As a hard-working and dedicated physician – not a career politician – Rand Paul came to Washington to shake things up and to make a difference.

We’re honored to have him at this year’s International Conference. Register now before it’s too late!!

Register for #ISFLC17 today!
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