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For thirty two years the Cato Institute has hosted an annual monetary conference in Washington, DC, bringing together top leaders in the field with diverse opinions to discuss todays challenges and the best path forward. Past speakers have ranged from former fed chairs to free banking advocates and even Ron Paul. They are intellectualy stimulating and great opportunities for anyone interested in the field.

This year’s topic is particularly exciting, as the theme is Alternatives to Central Banking: Toward Free-Market Money. Topics will include Bitcoin, the role of gold in a decentralized monetary regime, and the future of money in the digital world. Noted speakers include:

  • Patrick Byrne: founder and CEO of Overstock.com
  • Jerry L. Jordan: former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • John Allison: Cato President and former CEO of BB&T Bank
  • Dr. Lawrence H White: Professor of economics at George Mason University and noted free banking advocate
  • Dr. George A. Selgin: Cato Senior Fellow (also noted free banking advocate)
  • And more! See the full schedule here.

And best of all Cato has offered free registration for Students For Liberty. Seats are limited though, so email me at cruper@studentsforliberty.org to reserve your spot now.

Here are the logistical details:

  • What: Cato Institute Monetary Conference
  • Date: Thursday, November 6th
  • Time: 9am – 6:15pm
  • Location: Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • Registration includes lunch and a reception

See you there.


Marriage equality is hurtling forward in United States. At the time of this writing, 21 states have legalized same sex marriage. From a libertarian perspective, it almost seems like a non-issue. Obviously, voluntary arrangements should be allowed and as Ron Paul wrote, governments ought not to be involved in marriage whatsoever (regardless of individual feelings on same-sex relationships.) It may seem that the “gay rights” battle is almost over.

This is not the case. Marriage is not the biggest issue facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) community1. The very act of calling it “gay rights” erases the identity and experiences of everyone else within the queer community (gay is only one identity and marriage equality does not help bisexual folks, transgender folks, and many others.) Libertarians recognize oversteps of government involving marriage. It is time we recognize the other injustices against LGBTQIA folks as the same. It’s time to stop caring about marriage equality, and care about the issues that are threatening lives. Two such issues are detailed here, though there are many others.


Today libertarians across the world will be mourning the loss of Leonard Liggio, the original student for liberty.

As Tom Palmer said, “Leonard Liggio will never cease to inspire us. Leonard was a life long scholar for liberty whose kindness, gentleness, and integrity were unmatched.”

In the words of Alexander McCobin, “While there have been students for liberty as long as there have been students, it’s fair to say that Leonard was one of the original students for liberty of the modern era, being one of the leaders in the 1952 Youth for Taft effort, literally working against the continuation of FDR’s New Deal policies, starting the first chapter of the Intercollegiate Society of Individualists, and going on to be one of the pivotal leaders of liberty in the movement since graduating.”

In honor of his monumental legacy, here is a reposting of an interview between Liggio and Alexander McCobin from 2011:


Students For Liberty is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our Spring Professional Advancement Fellowship. If you are a pro-liberty student or recent graduate interested in gaining professional experience in the liberty movement, look no further. Spring fellows will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from top experts in the liberty movement through a 10-14 week internship at one of the most prestigious libertarian nonprofits across the country
  • Expand your knowledge of the ideas of classical liberalism from a wide variety of disciplines through the opening seminar and weekly lectures
  • Advance your professional skills through public speaking workshops, mock interviews, and résumé reviews
  • Explore your passions by designing and executing your own entrepreneurial PAF project
  • Improve your writing skills through Young Voices workshops and by publishing letters to the editor and op-eds

Who: All undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students from all majors are eligible to apply. This fellowship is currently only available to North American students.

When: 10-14 week spring semester internship from early January through mid-May of 2015 (negotiable)

Where: Participants will be placed at renowned organizations in D.C. such as the Cato Institutethe Atlas Networkthe Tax FoundationStudents For Liberty, Reason Magazine, and the Drug Policy Alliance, just to name a few. This spring, we will also be placing fellows at state-based think tanks around the country for the first time.

Compensation: $200 weekly stipend

Application deadline: Friday, December 5th, 2014

The program will be tailored to the specific interests of each fellow such that each participant can choose from various roles in public policy, operations, development, communications, and student outreach. Participation will be highly competitive, and priority will be given to students and recent graduates who have demonstrated a commitment to liberty, student activism, and professionalism.

For more details and to apply, visit the official Fellowship page. Those selected for interviews will be contacted on a rolling basis.

Little Guides to Big Ideas is an SFL educational series introducing important libertarian thinkers. Each post is written to give liberty-minded students a starting point to learn from the great movers and shakers who have contributed to the ideas of liberty. The entire Little Guide to Big Ideas series can be found here

“Government, when it is examined, turns out to be nothing more nor less than a group of fallible men with the political force to act as though they were infallible.” – Robert LeFevre, in his essay, Aggression is Wrong.

Who: Robert LeFevre (1911-1996) was an American businessman, a radio personality, and a libertarian who influenced the theory of autarchism. He founded the Freedom School in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Rampart College. The main objective of both schools was to educate people about the importance of freedom and free-markets policies.

 Why he matters: LeFevre’s main contribution to the libertarian movement, besides his writings, was his commitment to educate other minds about the principles of liberty. He is considered one of the founding fathers of the modern libertarian movement, and his philosophy on ownership shook the world.