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Germans-airlift-1948On this day in 1949 the Soviet Union ended its 11-month blockade of capitalist West Berlin restoring much needed flows of food and other goods into the besieged city-within-a-city. While the Cold War was just getting started, the Berlin blockade — and subsequent airlift by US and British forces — became of the symbol of the strife to come. Starvation, whether in occupied and besieged enemy territories or at home, was a staple of state socialism. Those in East Berlin later had the unenviable position of seeing their friends and family prosper in a market economy just across the wall. As Venezuelans starve under yet another failed socialist regime, this history is worth revisiting.

How were the United States and Great Britain able to end the blockade? It wasn’t through force, but rather by leveraging the prosperity of market capitalism to feed the people of West Berlin. Together, they pulled off the largest airlift in history, flying 278,288 relief missions over 14 months and delivering 2,326,406 tons of supplies. When it became clear to the Soviets that they couldn’t out-spend the capitalists, the blockade was lifted and delivery of key resources like coal resumed.

Check out this internship opportunity from our friends at the Commonwealth Foundation. 

Commonwealth Foundation LogoWhile gridlock between two political parties characterizes Washington, there are exciting victories for liberty occurring in the states. The Commonwealth Foundation, with offices in King of Prussia and Harrisburg, is a free-market think tank fighting for public policies that help all Pennsylvanians prosper.

Interning at the Commonwealth Foundation is a great opportunity to gain insight on how a state-based think tank operates. Interns gain knowledge and experience working with a team who are committed to seeing positive change in Pennsylvania.

Internships are paid and customizable to each students’ interests. Generally, our interns gain experience in:

  • Writing, blogging, and conducting research for the Policy team as well as the Communications team,
  • Covering front desk, answering phones and managing office supplies,
  • Attending and documenting hearings or press conferences, and
  • Compiling and analyzing large data sets.

The Commonwealth Foundation accepts applications for part-time interns for three sessions. The deadlines for receiving applications are: Spring session deadline November 1st, Summer session deadline March 1st, and Fall session deadline June 1st. 

Candidates should also be capable of creating and clearly articulating the stories of liberty that convince Pennsylvanians of the merits of free-market policies.

Visit http://www.commonwealthfoundation.org/about/page/careers-internships to apply.

As finals finish up, check out these great opportunities for libertarian students. 

  • CCR-DC-2015-300x170Join SFL’s Campus Coordinator Program: Yes, you can still apply to be a Campus Coordinator in the 2016-17 class. As the premier training program for pro-liberty activists, the CC experience is like nothing you’ve ever seen. Deadline: May 9th. May 16th.
  • Host a Virtual Reading Group: Interested in hosting your own Virtual Reading Group on a topic of your choosing? Submit an application for support from SFL staff! Students that host a Virtual Reading Group will determine the topic, help identify a professor to build a syllabus, and will organize the virtual weekly meetings. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. 
  • Apply for a travel scholarship to FreedomFest: Once again, SFL is offering a $100 travel scholarship plus lodging at the liberty movement’s largest conference, FreedomFest, in sunny Las Vegas. Apply now for a week you won’t forget with the best student organizers in North America. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. 
  • Attend the NRA Youth Leadership ConferenceNRA-ILA invites you to attend the Youth Leadership Conference on Saturday, May 21st at 3:00 p.m. This special event is being held in conjunction with this year’s NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Louisville! At this free event, NRA-ILA Grassroots Staff will provide in-depth training for student leaders that will focus on current issues we are facing, how to effectively combat anti-gun myths, and opportunities to get involved with the NRA.

The following is a special message from the NRA-ILA Grassroots Staff for students who want to get involved with the fight for gun rights.

NRA-ILA invites you to attend the Second Annual Youth Leadership Conference on Saturday, May 21st at 3:00 p.m. This special event is being held in conjunction with this year’s NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Louisville! At this FREE event, NRA-ILA Grassroots Staff will provide in depth training for student leaders that will focus on current issues we are facing, how to effectively combat anti-gun myths, and opportunities to get involved with the NRA. The event itself, and all associated materials and food, are FREE!

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This conference is designed for current college students and recent graduates who are interested in becoming more active in the fight to defend the Second Amendment. Student activists from across the country will gather to discuss ideas, earn free swag, and learn about volunteer and employment opportunities with the NRA. Attendees are encouraged to bring a current résumé to this conference.

Exclusive giveaways will be reserved for students attending the Annual Youth Leadership Conference, including a limited number of free tickets to the Toby Keith concert on Saturday night!

Reserve your spot now to make sure you don’t miss out!

We hope to see you at this fantastic event in Louisville on May 21st!

– NRA-ILA Grassroots Division

May
4
2016

YoungVoices_logo_clr-01When incubating Young Voices, Students For Liberty worked from the beginning to make it a sustainable endeavor with its own branding and niche in the movement. We believe it has reached a point where we can spin it off and therefore allow the Young Voices staff to focus solely on its mission in order to grow it way beyond its current scale. As of Monday, May 11, Casey Given will be working full-time to make Young Voices even bigger and better.

Although we are sad to lose Casey from the Students For Liberty staff, we look forward to seeing Young Voices become a stronger voice for issues affecting young people today. That said, Students For Liberty will continue to be a critical partner of Young Voices during and after the transition. We see this as the first spinoff of many more successful SFL incubated projects to come in the future. SFL is not just an incubator for the future leaders of liberty but also offers a place to conceptualize, incubate, and accelerate new projects for liberty.