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After being performed by Yaël Ossowski at the Republican National Convention after-party last night, Students For Liberty and Free the People are proud to announce the official release of the music video for Death of the GOP. The video (which features some of Students For Liberty’s incoming campus coordinators) can be viewed below, or by clicking here:

With the release of this music video, SFL and Free the People hope to spread awareness that the GOP is, owing to recent developments, no longer a suitable home for the growing movement of students and young people who support the ideas of liberty. Classical liberalism of the variety supported by SFL and Free the People is popular among young people in America, but rarely talked about in the realm of electoral politics.

SFL was proud to collaborate with Free the People for the recording of the music video and the event. FTP is an organization aiming to build a vibrant grassroots community of activists who are committed to shifting power away from political insiders and Washington cronies, back to local communities and free people.

wp blogAre you a strong writer who wants to reach a wide audience and make your voice heard? Then apply today and be a part of our 2016-2017 Blog Team!

As a member of the Blog Team, you will be responsible for writing two posts a month. These posts can be on a wide array of topics from current events, to the philosophy of liberty, or even issues you’re facing spreading liberty on campus! No matter what you want to share, being a part of the SFL Blog Team is a great way to ensure your voice is heard.

In just this past month, SFL blog posts have been read by over 12,000 – and this is the off-season! So in addition to honing your skills, writing for SFL can help you build a name for yourself in the ever-more-competitive blogosphere.

Don’t wait! This is an excellent opportunity for any writer and the deadline to apply is August 15th. Apply now!


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This review was written by Daniel Pryor, Communications Associate at Students for Liberty.

Freedom of speech is slipping away from us. More than ever, this vital aspect of civilization requires a passionate defence based on the principles of reason and individual rights. This is the overarching message of Defending Free Speech, a new collection of essays from the Ayn Rand Institute edited by former constitutional lawyer Steve Simpson.

The book is both a warning and a call to action, detailing the recent history of threats to free speech in America and imploring the reader to defend this precious right on the basis of Enlightenment and Objectivist principles. Regardless of whether one subscribes to Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism, the powerful essays in this book will help readers to understand and navigate the current areas of controversy in the contemporary free speech debate.

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yael14-300x283Yaël Ossowski, Senior Director for Activism & Outreach at Students For Liberty (SFL), will today perform and record the music video for his new song, ‘Death of the GOP,’ at the Republican National Convention after-party hosted by Free the People and Students For Liberty.

Ossowski is a Senior Director at Students For Liberty (SFL), and will be performing the song at a post-event party at Great Lakes Brewing Company’s 2516 Market Ave location. SFL is co-hosting the event with Free the People. The Facebook event can be found here.

The song, which is to be performed in the style of Don McLean’s ‘American Pie,’ signals the demise of the GOP and its fiscally conservative agenda in the wake of recent events, and includes lyrics such as:

Did you read the Constitution?
Or toss it away for Trump’s Bible collection?
It’s big, strong, and ten feet tall,
Now those who wish to immigrate,
Will be thwarted by huge, tall gate,
or perhaps the biggest, most beautiful wall.


SFL and Ossowski hope to promote the message that recent developments in the GOP, and in American politics generally, have resulted in the party no longer being a suitable home for the growing movement of students and young people who support the ideas of liberty. Classical liberalism of the variety supported by SFL and Free the People is popular among young people in America, but rarely talked about in the realm of electoral politics.

Although the lyrics are light-hearted and satirical, the release of this song encapsulates the feelings of many young Americans who advocate for limited government. During the Republican primaries, there was little attention paid to those who held classical liberal and libertarian standpoints, with the general direction of the party tending towards protectionism in trade, nativist immigration policy and expanding the size of government in many other areas.

SFL is proud to co-host the event with Free the People, an organization aiming to build a vibrant grassroots community of activists who are committed to shifting power away from political insiders and Washington cronies, back to local communities and free people.

 

This report was written by Linda Kavuka, Chairperson of the ASFL Executive Board.

On June 17th and 18th, 2016, libertarians from Kenya, Uganda, DR Congo, Burundi, Eritrea, Nigeria and USA converged at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa’s Jubilee Hall for the third annual ASFL East African Regional Conference. The event was the first of its kind in the continent as participants were required to apply in order to attend the two day conference. In the end, 109 of the best applicants were invited to attend.

Linda Kavuka, Chairperson of the ASFL Executive Board and host of the event, gave the opening remarks followed by a representative from Catholic University. SFL African Programs Director Olumayowa Okediran then gave the first presentation on barriers to movement and trade. He illustrated how the current boundaries were colonial systems that have destroyed our unity and pride as Africans. They continue to hinder us from exploiting potential inter-state trade and movement which could boost not only our individual economies but Africa as a whole. The barriers have allowed corrupt officials to thrive.

From left to right: Stella Nderitu (SFL Member, Kenya) Joseph Kwanya (Local Coordinator, Kenya) and Aimable Manirakize (Local Coordinator, Burundi).

From left to right: Stella Nderitu (SFL Member, Kenya) Joseph Kwanya (Local Coordinator, Kenya) and Aimable Manirakize (Local Coordinator, Burundi).

Next, Local Coordinator Teklemariam Bekit shared a rather moving personal experience concerning immigrants and the challenges they face in their host countries using Eastern Africa as a case study. He expressed his disapproval of the repatriation of the Somali refugees at Dadaab and instead suggested that the refugees should be absorbed into the community and granted asylum.

June Arunga graced the event with her presence and chose to share her personal take on liberal ideas which was not only an African perspective but a practical one as well. She made reference to the slang word ‘tunyitane’ which in her interpretation means ‘let us get each other.’ Urging the audience to apply this attitude in their daily lives, June reasoned that doing so will help to promote a peaceful society in which mutual understanding endures despite differences of opinion.

Mike Rotich, Co-founder of the Eastern African Policy Center, shared his take on the challenges that Africa faces in the area of regional integration. He argued that there are too many regional markets which fail to  accomplish their objectives yet continue to receive money from their member countries. Vice President of Atlas Network Tom Palmer gave the keynote and final presentation of the day. He gave us an overview on liberty with respect to the present state of Africa. He broke down the major principles of free markets and their benefits to the audience, which he has addressed in his book, The Morality of Capitalism. (more…)