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If you are reading this on a phone or computer, you have everything you need to join one of SFL’s virtual reading groups. VRGs grant readers the opportunity to discuss books with liberty minded people all around the world. Under the guidance of an expert, you can read and learn about a variety of different social, political, and economic thoughts and ideologies. It is a great way to discuss ideas, develop essential critical thinking skills, and connect with friends and fellow libertarians. These groups are open to all and a free book is provided on behalf of Students For Liberty. This February, SFL is offering two amazing virtual reading groups:

deschooling-america

Co-hosted by the Institute for Humane Studies, Deschooling Society will begin Thursday, February 9th at 6pm EST. Join Dr. Kevin Currie-Knight to discuss the role of the state in public education. Written by Ivan Illich, the book argues that a society must abolish state regulated education to have a complete separation of church and state. The discussion will consider his arguments and  question whether higher pay for teachers and higher standards for learning could fix the lingering problems of public education. According to Illich, the state’s involvement in education is a fundamental attack on freedom and liberty.

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15976946_1498333713529586_7857340871981543290_nAlso, join CEO of Istanbul Network for Liberty, Ali Salman, to discuss Islamic Foundations of a Free Society. The book dives deeply into the compatibility between Sharia Law and a free society. The group will discuss Muslim thought, societal-based welfare, freedom of choice, economic freedom, and jihad and political change. Join Ali Saturdays at 11am EST, starting February 26th. This is a great group if you are interested in the cultural, social, governmental, and economic repercussions of religion and its role in the state throughout various points in history.

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Don’t miss your chance to discuss freedom with these amazing experts!

cypherpunk vrg

The late 80s and early 90s saw the creation of the internet, and during these early years a group of programmers, cryptographers, hackers, and activists came together online to outline how this technology had the potential to realize a radically different political order. These were the cypherpunks, and their vision was ‘crypto-anarchy’: a world where nation-states were stripped of their power to coerce, as cryptography would prevent them from ever knowing who they should be coercing.

You might have noticed something: this has not happened.

The creation of the internet has already raised significant challenges both to libertarians (who are now, post-Snowden, aware of the extent of the surveillance state) and to the state itself (which is trying to understand how to regulate new technologies and structures such as cryptography, cryptocurrency, and distributed autonomous organizations). But so far we have only witnessed the early effects of the internet-of-information; since 2008, the world has seen the start of the internet-of-value and the internet-of-things, which also promise radical transformations.

Our new Virtual Reading Group, “Cypherpunks and Libertarianism, aims to explore the links between the cypherpunks and the liberty movement in a variety of areas. Participants will explore how cryptography can challenge state power, the future of intellectual property, social orders in cyberspace, freedom of speech in the context of computer code, and much more!

The deadline for applications is January 6th 2017.

  • Discussion Leader: Dr. Alexander J. Malt, Department of Philosophy, University of Durham (UK)
  • Meeting Dates: Wednesdays 6pm EST, 1/11/2017 – 2/15/2017

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October was a busy month at Students For Liberty. Read the highlights of what our North American team have been up to!

Regional Conference season in full swing!

TVirginia RChis weekend sees our final two events in what has been an extraordinary Regional Conference season. During October, hundreds of students across North America have come together to discuss the ideas of liberty. From Utah to Florida, young people interested in various aspects of creating a free society heard from a diverse range of speakers, ranging from sex worker rights activists to ex-SFLers who have become libertarian economics professors.

Students across North America “Get Out The Liberty”

Our Get Out The Liberty (#GOTL) campaign was wildly successful. So far, we’ve accepted 75 applications for these $250 grants, which are aimed at activism and recruitment for pro-liberty groups on campus. Events funded by the grants have ranged from tabling and recruitment drives to our nationwide Deep Web screenings. Based on the success of the GOTL campaign, we’ve now launched our Peace, Love, Liberty grant program: aiming to promote non-interventionist foreign policy.

Ethan FSBig free speech rally at UMD

Huge congratulations to our activists at College Park Students For Liberty, who hosted a well-attended free speech rally that generated substantial media coverage. The event saw SFLers collaborate with Jim Caruso, CEO of Flying Dog Brewery, as well as other campus groups. Ethan Pritchard, the Chapter President of SFL College Park, told the audience that universities are “sending a message that it’s okay to shelter yourself and to just go without hearing other people’s opinions and that you’ll be fine your entire life, and that’s not how it is.”

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Are you interested in diving into a literary adventure set in the late 1950s Soviet Union?  Apply today for our Virtual Reading Group on the novel Red Plenty — led by Dr. Sarah Skwire — and discover the story of the struggle to implement the planned economy.

The Virtual Reading group works like a Liberty Fund style symposium, in which about 15 participants are given a list of readings and are then given the opportunity to share their own thoughts on the readings with each other. The readings all pertain to the intellectual underpinnings of a free society, and this new virtual reading group will include interdisciplinary readings between moral sentimentalism and literature.  Applications are on a rolling basis, so apply today!  Applications for this, and our other Virtual Reading Group with Jeffrey Tucker, close this upcoming Friday, January 31!

The Virtual Reading Group meets 9:00pm EST/6:00pm PST on Tuesday evenings. Find out more here.

We are currently accepting applications for the following Virtual Reading Groups.  Please scroll down for further information and a working syllabus.