On Saturday, the Arizona State University Students For Liberty participated in the annual Phoenix Pride Festival and Parade. The group sought to stand up for freedom, and educate other attendees on the relationship of liberty and equality (check out the ASU SFL’s popular flyer, “From Liberty Springs Equality”). As part of their outreach strategy, the SFL members would ask participants in the march if peaceful activity should ever be prohibited. When they would say no, the students would ask why. After a vague appeal to self ownership the students would try to clarify what they meant, bringing it to how “every individual completely owns their life, their time, their body, and the fruits of their labor, and so long as peaceful, they should be free to live their life as they choose.” Once the participants would agree with that, the students would ask them if they considered that a libertarian value, which almost everyone did and followed it up with, “I’ve never thought about it like that!” From this simple questioning, the ASU SFL would point out that many of the marchers may have always been a libertarian but never known it.
The State Press, ASU’s student paper, covered the event and quoted Ross Kenyon, president of the ASU SFL:
“We really hate the way peaceful minorities of any type are treated,” Kenyon said. “If you’re peaceful, it doesn’t really matter what your racial group is or how you organize yourself sexually.”
Kenyon marched with the coalition, waving a Gadsden Flag reading the phrase “Don’t Tread On Me.”