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We are pleased to announce that Students For Liberty has two new members on the organization’s Board of Directors: Dan Grossman and Jeff Giesea.

This is the first time that Students For Liberty has expanded our Board of Directors since our founding in 2008 when Alexander McCobin, Sloane Frost, and Samuel Eckman first incorporated the organization.  For years, we have known that it was imperative that we expand the BOD beyond SFL’s founders to bring in other experienced nonprofit and business leaders who can provide further guidance and oversight to the organization’s activities.  

This is now especially true as SFL has activities taking place in all 6 inhabited continents of the world, more than 400 leaders overseeing those activities (including 20 full time staff, with more joining in the upcoming months), and a multi-million dollar budget.  However, we also wanted to approach the process in a careful and methodical manner to ensure that we did not impose unnecessary bureaucratic burdens upon the organization by bringing on too many, and that anyone who joined the BOD would not only be committed to SFL’s mission, but would add substantial value to support SFL’s growth.

After an extensive search and much consideration, we extended invitations to both Dan and Jeff, and, we are extremely glad that they both enthusiastically accepted.  In case you are not familiar with them, let us provide you with a brief background for each of them:

  • Dan Grossman is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Atlas Network. He spent his working career as the founder and owner of various private businesses. He was formerly the Chairman of FEE and has been giving SFL informal advice for a long time.
  • Jeff Giesea founded, bootstrapped, and led FierceMarkets through its successful sale to a private equity firm in 2008. He left in 2009 and took a year off to travel before founding BestVendor, a venture-backed startup in NYC that used social recommendations to make it easier to find and discover business tools based on the experience of others. Jeff also currently serves on the BOD of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). 

This is a big step for SFL, but one that we believe will help us develop a more robust and even stronger infrastructure for the student movement for liberty. We are honored that Dan and Jeff are so willing to invest themselves in SFL’s work, and hope you will join us in welcoming them to the Board of Directors!

If you are interested in Constitutional authority, judicial restraint, decentralization, limited govnernment, or the rule of law, then Students For Liberty has some amazing content for you this month.

The SFL Spring Webinar Series is an interactive educational program providing students all over the world live virtual access to academic lectures on topics related to liberty, mentoring on activism, and advice for career building.

Join SFL and students from all around the world for two webinars this month on the aforementioned topics. On Thursday April 17, Sheldon Richman, Vice President of The Future of Freedom Foundation, will discuss the history of the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution in terms of centralization of power. On the following Thursday April 24, Clark Neily, Senior Attorney at the Institute for Justice, will discuss the application of judicial engagement as a means to endeavor towards a more constitutionally limited government.

Click here to find more information on the upcoming webinars in the SFL Spring Webinar Series. You will also find information about our contest to win a copy of Clark Neily’s new book Terms of Engagement: How our Courts Should Enforce the Constitution’s Promise of Limited Government.

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Students For Liberty President Alexander McCobin has been quoted on SFL’s big-tent-approach by the ‘Temple Daily Telegram‘:

There have always been Libertarian leanings in American society, he said, but this generation understands the principles and is supporting Libertarian policies more consistently than any generation before. Give it 10-20 years, he said, and the impact of today’s youth, once they take prominent positions in society, will be to shift policy in a much more Libertarian direction.

“Libertarianism is not a new idea,” he said. He cited such events as the signing of the Magna Carta, the ending of slavery, and the expansion of suffrage. But in the late 1980s and early 1990s, he said, there was a “new birth” or “second wave” of Libertarianism.

“We challenge the purity test, and accept people who agree with us 90 percent, and then have meaningful debate over the 10 percent where we disagree,” he said.

“We need to dispel the idea that liberty means isolation,” he said. “Libertarianism is fundamentally about association and cooperation.”

“The second wave of Libertarianism is defined by those who agree with us,” he said. “We are neither opposed to the left or the right. The most respectable ideas of both arise from Libertarianism.”

The entire article can be found here.

For media inquiries, please contact Students For Liberty Director of Communications & Marketing Fred Roeder at froeder@studentsforliberty.org.

The following was written by SFL Campus Coordinator Michael Levine. 

No matter your taste in television shows, NBC’s hit-series Revolution is sure to captivate audiences with its post-apocalyptic and anti-government theme. With government scandals on the rise—like the spying activities of the NSA and the targeting of political organizations by the IRS, Revolution easily capitalizes on a general mistrust of government.

The show centers on the post-apocalyptic future of the United States where all electricity is gone; the American government has collapsed and militias have taken control. In season one the northeast is controlled by the oppressive Monroe Republic, led by the brutal Sebastian Monroe. The show stars Miles Matheson; former best friend of Monroe-turned traitor to the republic. Revolution is an adventure-packed thriller that pits its main characters against tyrannical and oppressive rogue regimes that have risen from the rubble of the American government. (more…)

The following is part of a series of testimonials from past SFL leaders who previously participated in the Campus Coordinator Program. To learn more and apply for the program, click here.

Generally, I eschew coming out stories. In 2014, they’re woefully passé, boring, and superfluous. But I’ve had this story in my head for a few years, and I think others can still appreciate a syrupy reminiscence.

When I was 11, it occurred to me that I liked other guys. Like, like-like. You might suspect that in 2001 this was a rather confusing and uncomfortable realization for a West Texas kid. As a teenager, I necessarily distracted myself from any burgeoning romantic notions with sports, music, school, and then politics while in high school.

For example, my early excitement for libertarianism was sincere, but it also conveniently prioritized intellectual and professional pursuits over romance. Clearly though, I couldn’t avoid the issue in perpetuity. Curiosity about girlfriends from those close to me served well to illustrate the impending questions that would be more imminent during college.

Still apprehensive, however, I started college closeted. Around this time, I learned about Students For Liberty, a new student group that would be hosting a conference in Austin during my first semester of college. That October, I met Nigel Ashford of IHS who encouraged me to apply for their summer fellowship because of my keen interest in pursuing a career in liberty. I applied, I was accepted, I would be going to Washington, DC.

Soon, I discovered that there were indeed a lot of gay people in the nation’s capital. However, as a sheltered young Texan still with a thick twang, one thing particularly shocked me: nobody actually cared. That summer I also joined SFL’s inaugural Campus Coordinator Program, and I immediately noticed SFL’s similarly sleepy attitudes about gays, at least on a cultural level. Unlike obsessed conservative culture warriors, we were concerned with resisting war, drug prohibition, and fundamental attacks on economic freedom, although we certainly took many opportunities to fervently voice opposition to illiberal LGBT discrimination (an early example is Alexander McCobin’s 2010 CPAC speech).

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