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That’s right! This is your last chance to register for the upcoming Focus Series conference on guns, weed, wages, and everything else at stake in this year’s vote on ballot initiatives.

Taking place on Saturday morning (11:00am – 2:30pm), the conference will include free breakfast and a post-conference social lunch for all attendees. We’re looking forward to a fun and informative day with three great speakers from around California. Here’s the lineup again:

  • Minimum Wage Laws – Glen Whitman, Professor of Economics at CSU-Northridge, Screenwriter, and Editor of Economics of the Undead: Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science
  • Gun Regulation in CaliforniaDaniel Palm, Professor of Political Science at Azusa Pacific University and Secretary of the West End Gun Club
  • Regulation in the Cannabis Industry – Donald Kochan, Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development and Professor of Law at Chapman University

I hope you’ll join us this weekend to hear from these three brilliant thinkers and discuss California Ballot Issues with fellow pro-liberty students. 

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640px-Boston_Tea_Party-CooperCronyism at its finest! On this day in 1773, the British Parliament passed the Tea Act, once again lowering the taxes paid by the now-failing East India Company and giving it a de-facto monopoly on the market in the American colonies (since all tea had to come through Britain first). Americans continued to purchase illegal (smuggled) tea at higher prices to the surprise of many British policy makers and loudly decried the cheap tea for the tax tyranny it represented. In particular, they noted that taxes on tea entering America directly were retained despite this tax break for those in England and — specifically — for customers of the East India Company.

In just a few short months, the anger bubbled over into the direct action we now remember as the “Boston Tea Party.” Three tea ships carrying East India Company tea, the Dartmouth, the Eleanor and the Beaver, were docked in Boston Harbor ready to unload. But the colonists demanded that the tea be returned to England and, after Massachusetts Governor Thomas Hutchinson refused to send back the cargo, Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty set to work. On December 16, they boarded the British ships disguised as Mohawk Indians and dumped the tea chests (worth nearly $1 million in today’s money) into the water. While this “Tea Party” is what stands out in memory, the history of the Tea Act itself holds an important piece of this puzzle: the colonists weren’t protesting higher taxes per se, but rather the British Parliament’s refusal to give them a say in decision making about those taxes and the blatant and costly favoritism being shown to the East India Company.

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 ([email protected]) or Rebecca Morla ([email protected]). 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!

We are pleased to announce that the following North American student leaders have been elected to join the 2016-2017 North American Executive Board (NAEB)! The NAEB is composed of our top leaders in the region, and is responsible for programming and community building for liberty in the United States and Canada.

The 2016-2017 North American Executive Board members are:

  • Alexis Garretson, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, George Mason University
  • Brittany Wilson, Southeast Regional Director, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Chris Harelson, West Regional Director, LDS Business College
  • Cooper Williams, Great Plains Regional Director, University of Oklahoma 
  • Cory Massimino, Academic Programs Chair, Seminole State College
  • Emily Reynolds, Southeast Regional Director, Florida Gulf Coast University
  • John Knetemann, Conference Director, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • Nate Baker, Deep South Regional Director, Mississippi State University
  • Rachel Chiu, Northeast Regional Director, Cornell University
  • Sam Dunkovich, Midwest Regional Director, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Theryn Meyer, Canada Regional Director, Simon Fraser University
  • Wade Craig, Chairman, George Mason University

Each of this year’s board members have demonstrated outstanding leadership, interpersonal, and professional ability; we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them this year as we continue to grow the community for liberty in North America. Get to know each new NAEB member a bit better:

The following was written by a member of SFL’s network who has asked to remain anonymous. 

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University authorities in my native country hardly encourage students to discuss innovative ideas like the free market, limited government, and entrepreneurship. After all, public universities are controlled by the one-party dictatorship and the atmosphere is quite static. free speech under fireMoreover, the majority of the students are not interested in these courses and the “good” students are only interested in exam marks. Although they are labeled good students, they only want to obtain good grades so they may pursue additional degrees. When you try to talk with them about John Locke or property rights, for example, they don’t care.

I also have friends in the “top” universities where the problem persists. These students too do not have an understanding of the free market, economics, limited government, or classical liberal ideas. The students who are more interested in entrepreneurship likely have already escaped from the ivory towers, but I doubt that these individuals are familiar with classical liberalism either.  

Still, I can access the university libraries and find books written by Hayek and Friedman for my personal study. I also organized a small study group to discuss these topics, but I still could not understand the concept of liberty because the university system is still very centrally planned, maintains its totalitarian heritage, and contains secret police, usually comprised of students that receive a salary from the university to watch our actions silently. Once they discover that you are publicly against the Communist Party, you may not be able to graduate successfully or you may be threatened in other ways.

When we organized our study group of students hoping to better understand the social sciences, some of the students took to the streets and participated in a protest, but the secret police caught them. The police then went to their homes, searched their computers, and locked these young people in the police station for one or two weeks in secret and without a news report. Some of them were asked, “Did you get the funds from an overseas organization?” The secret police did not let some of the students sleep while they were detained. We were frightened and the study group was shut down.

Letting people have the space and liberty to learn about the free market and classical liberalism will benefit all of our people, including the people from the Communist Party itself.