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The following is a guest blog post by Morgan Scott, a Texas State University Student and SFL Campus Coordinator.

Early in September we of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at Texas State hosted a unique activism event on our university Quad. The Red Balloon Project (#RedBalloonProject on social media) caught the attention of many students as well as campus media.

The Red Balloon Project was inspired by the German anti-nuclear war protest song “99 Red Balloons” by Nena, and the goal behind it was to open a conversation with students about their individual concerns and dreams. To facilitate this, students were invited up to the table to write 2 things on a red balloon: a way in which government had made their lives worse off, and a dream that they had for the future.

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Earlier this year, I spent four months working for a pro-liberty cause. But it wasn’t just another internship or desk job: I traveled thousands of miles, crossed an international border four times, met thousands of people, and delivered nearly one hundred presentations. The organization I worked for is Liberty in North Korea, and I served as a Nomad.

Liberty in North Korea, or LiNK for short, is a nonprofit organization based out of the Los Angeles, CA metropolitan area that rescues North Korean refugees hiding in China and resettles them in South Korea and occasionally the United States. This protects the refugees from persecution in China, including females being forced into sex trafficking and authorities forcibly deporting the refugees back to North Korea, where they can face severe persecution for illegally leaving the country. Since LiNK began rescuing refugees in 2010, it has rescued 265 refugees.

For four months, I worked around-the-clock to raise both awareness of the issue and funds for refugee rescues. We began with an intensive five-week training session where we learned about North Korea and the refugee situation in addition to rehearsing our presentation and booking events. We endured countless late nights of practicing our presentations after making dozens of calls to book events earlier in the day. On the weekends, we bonded through various activities and occasionally had free time to enjoy the Los Angeles area.

Our hard work paid off, as we booked over three hundred events across the United States and Canada. We delivered a multimedia presentation about the situation in North Korea and the work we do to rescue refugees in China. We also raised funds through donations and merchandise sales.

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Each year, we invite students from all over the globe to learn more about the principles of liberty at the International Students For Liberty Conference. However, as a student, it can be difficult to get to Washington, D.C. for the event. For the first time, this year Students For Liberty will be hosting travel buses across North America for students to get to and from ISFLC for as little as $20 per person!

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Destroy all men. Burn all of our bras. Raise our wages. Matriarchy! We are oppressed! Welcome to fourth wave feminism in the United States, folks.

But, how did we get here? The first wave of feminism, the beginning of the modern feminist movement, began at the women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York. This convention was where women gathered for the first time, on July 19th and 20th in 1848, to demand the right to vote. Once the 19th amendment was passed in 1920, feminism slid into the second wave, which focused more on social and cultural inequalities. Carol Hanisch coined the slogan, “the personal is political,” which is said to have been the definition of the second wave. Women’s private lives were politicized because they supposedly reflected the gender inequality in society. Equality was addressed in all areas and a few laws were passed during this period including: Title IX, Women’s Educational Equity Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, the criminalization of marital rape, and court decisions like Roe v. Wade.

As a reaction to second wave feminism, third wave feminism began in the early 1990s. This is a much more multicultural wave which branched itself out to anti-racism, womanism, and transgender politics.

As of late, I would like to argue that feminism has taken a turn for the worst. We are now in what I would refer to as fourth wave feminism. From my own personal experience, fourth wave feminists thrive on victimhood, not empowerment like they claim. I feel that many modern-day feminists throw the terms misogyny and misandry around carelessly, like these words come without implication. Not all men are monsters, and guess what folks, not all women are saints.

I used to be a bra-burning feminist myself, but as I read more about various libertarian philosophies and discovered my own individuality, I came to a brutal realization that I, as an American citizen, do not need feminism in its mainstream, modern-day form. I need equality. I want to go back to the fight for legal equality, not a fight strictly against men.

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The following was written by SFL Senior Campus Coordinator Zoë Little. 

Two years ago, I stumbled into what I’d later cite as one of the most life-changing events of my young existence. In a spur of the moment decision, a couple of friends and I decided to get up at 5 o’clock in the morning to drive down the mountain from Boone to Chapel HIll to attend the Carolina Regional Students for Liberty Conference. We hadn’t registered in advance, didn’t know what to expect at all, and, while I can’t speak for the two friends who went with me, I was a little apprehensive. See, I knew a couple libertarians at my school and they were okay people, I went to Young Americans for Liberty meetings sometimes, but I was pretty unsure about the whole libertarianism thing. I knew there were other libertarians out there, I just didn’t know that they had anything in common with me.

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