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Students For Liberty is seeking a dynamic and strategically minded individual to be our next North America Programs Director. The position will be responsible for overseeing SFL’s student programs in the United States and Canada. These programs include leadership training (such as our Campus Coordinator Program and North American Executive Board), events (our fall regional conferences and year-round leadership forums), and resource distribution to our student network. North America is our core market and we are looking for an individual with the vision and dedication to grow the student movement for liberty in the region.

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee the planning, execution, and evaluation of SFL’s student programs in North America
  • Design and execute an annual business plan for North America programs that will grow the student movement for liberty in a cost-effective manner
  • Maintain, monitor and communicate the state of North America programs
  • Instill a sense of accountability among team members by modeling tight oversight of individual and organization performance standards
  • Work with staff to evaluate North America programs against organization performance measurements
  • Recruit, hire, and oversee growth of North America programs staff

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To avoid confusion I want to clarify some terms and my usage of them. Pacifism has commonly been used to refer to two different concepts. The first is the view that violence is always wrong, even in self-defense. The second is the view that opposes war. I use pacifism here in the second sense.

Why ought passivity be praised in general? Michael Huemer argues it is because,

Political actors, including voters, activists, and leaders, are often ignorant of basic facts relevant to policy choices. Even experts have little understanding of the working of society and little ability to predict future outcomes. Only the most simple and uncontroversial political claims can be counted on. This is partly because political knowledge is very difficult to attain, and partly because individuals are not sufficiently motivated to attain it. As a result, the best advice for political actors is very often to simply stop trying to solve social problems, since interventions not based on precise understanding are likely to do more harm than good.

The Principle of Passivity especially applies to foreign policy. Libertarians generally favor a foreign policy of non-interventionism because when the government tries to intervene in other countries’ affairs, it is very prone to knowledge and incentive problems and so is very unlikely to achieve a positive outcome. Not only is there little reason to think a government half way across the world has the knowledge necessary to solve other countries’ problems, there is little reason to think governments have any incentive to solve the problems since they are are so often prone to special interests and political favoritism. Additionally, interventionist foreign policy very often causes blowback and unintended consequences that leave people living under the intervening government in danger (I believe this reason boils down to one of knowledge, but because of its special relevance to foreign policy, I want to address it separately). (more…)

‘Tis the season for presidential candidacy announcements, and as candidates prepare, fundraising is sure to be part of the preparation. Typical rhetoric about how much campaigns cost and the need to “get big money out of politics” is sure to come as well, but Americans already have the power to take away what influence “big money” has. All they have to do is seek out information from those sources that all candidates can afford. I know from experience just how hard it can be to work for a campaign with low funds, but I also know firsthand how easy it could be if citizens took advantage of affordable communication channels.grview-37647-1

Every time I’ve gone to the polls, I’ve voted for a candidate for whom I worked. In 2012, I interned for a U.S. House of Representatives candidate. In 2014, I did some pro bono consulting for a state delegate campaign (my mother’s campaign, to be specific). Both candidates were up against incumbent competitors with far more money, and both lost.

It would be an oversimplification to say that money is the sole reason that either candidate lost; however, it was certainly a contributing factor. We couldn’t afford the television ads. We couldn’t afford the direct mailers. We couldn’t pay an army of consultants to campaign for us. Such sob stories are common across the country, and some suggest we need more laws to regulate campaign finance for this reason. After all, it’s not an even playing field if one candidate has far more money than the other. Not enough people are talking about the sad truth: voters make it next to impossible to run good campaigns without drastic amounts of money. (more…)

May
12
2015
That’s how long you have left to apply for Students For Liberty’s FreedomFest scholarship.

 

FreedomFest is an annual festival where “free minds meet” to celebrate great books, great ideas, and great thinkers in an open-minded society. With speakers such as John Allison, Steve Forbes, and Grover Norquist, the conference is packed with leaders of liberty speaking to inspire and educate attendees. Recipients who are awarded a scholarship will have their registration to FreedomFest and lodging at Planet Hollywood covered by SFL plus a $100 travel stipend.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Apply today, and I just might see you July 8-11 in sunny Las Vegas!

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Last weekend, Students For Liberty held its first Texas LGBT Conference in Austin. With a diverse lineup of notable speakers including Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the first same-sex couple to get married in the state, the event drew some media attention in the state.

From Fox 7 News:

Texas’ first married same-sex couple is being recognized by the LGBT community. Suzanne Bryant and her partner Sarah Goofriend were awarded the first ever Outstanding LGBT Activism and Advocacy Award today during a conference put on by students for liberty.

At that very same conference, Houston Mayor Annise Parker chimed in on the conversation about gay rights and what those in the LGBT community face on a daily basis.

It’s a war Houston Mayor Annise Parker believes the LGBT community has already won.

“We may still have battles to fight, the Supreme Court may not give us everything we want, but the war has been won, the avalanche is rolling,” said Mayor Parker.

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