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Liberty101Liberty 101 is an upcoming online course produced together by Students For Liberty and Learn Liberty in which you will learn about the principles of a free society from a libertarian perspective. While the full course won’t be available until October, SFL is excited to release a preview pamphlet outlining the course. This pamphlet introduces the concepts that Liberty 101 will cover in greater depth through video lectures by professors, supplementary readings, and assignments designed to familiarize you with the principles of libertarianism and why liberty is essential for human flourishing.

Liberty 101 is broken up into the following three sections:

  • Philosophy & Liberty covers the concept of liberty, individualism, toleration, and peace.
  • Economics & Liberty covers the market process, skepticism of power, and civil society.
  • Law & Liberty covers spontaneous order, rule of law, and limited government.

To learn about these topics please download the pamphlet now. We will update you when the full course is released.

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Want to read more of these kind of pamphlets? Check out our literature page.


Every year, Students For Liberty makes a point to incorporate new elements to the ISFLC to keep the conference fresh and exciting. At ISFLC16, we’re revolutionizing our Saturday evening program by introducing an Awards Dinner to highlight the work of our best student leaders to supporters. SFL staff will present the Event, Student Group, and Student of the Year Awards to the best libertarian leaders in our network. Plus, the dinner will featured noted satirist P.J. O’Rourke as its keynote. So, come raise a toast to the future generation of liberty with SFL.

  • What: ISFLC Awards Dinner
  • When: Saturday, February 27th, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
  • Where: Washington Marriott Wardman Park



LaurieHow do you contribute to SFL in your new job role?

I contribute to SFL’s events team by working on logistics and coordinating with conference directors and student leaders to ensure a smooth Regional Conference season.

How did you first get interested in liberty?

I was a student during the 2012 election and wanted to become more politically engaged. I went to my school’s fall involvement fair, took the World’s Smallest Political Quiz, and began attending meetings at my campus’ libertarian club. I read classic libertarian material like Hayek, Bastiat, and Milton Friedman, and I’ve been hooked ever since. My interest was reaffirmed after attending a Regional Conference and the International SFL Conference in DC.

Who do you think is the most underrated libertarian thinker?

Isabel Paterson or Rose Wilder Lane. They’re usually overshadowed by Ayn Rand, but were both instrumental in advancing the modern American libertarian movement as writers, theorists, and activists.

On a non-liberty note, what do you like to do in your free time?

I’m currently getting into House of Cards and finally reading the Harry Potter books 10 years late. Other than that, I like to write, take trapeze classes, pretend to be good at yoga, and explore the city.

The group photo from the CNN stage last night.

The group photo from the CNN stage last night.

Are you depressed after watching the Republican debate last night? I mean, how many different ways are there to say “government is good and ought to be bigger”? From a disappointing range of opinions on things like drug reform and foreign wars, to the lackluster refrain of “at least I’m not Trump!” the CNN GOP debate was a forceful reminder that those who favor freedom still have work to do. It can seem like a dark time for liberty with so many mainstream politicians spouting statism loud and proud, but I’m here to tell you that there is still hope. (more…)


Most widely-read Croatian and Serbian news portals recently featured a story about Matija Franklin, the founder of Cambridge Students For Liberty and a former European Students For Liberty Local Coordinator. In the midst of the refugee crisis, the topic that the whole Europe is concerned about, Matija worked as a silent hero for more than 10 days in Serbia, which is one of the main transit routes for refugees crossing the border to Hungary. Now news agencies have picked up his story.

It all started when Matija, who is studying cognitive psychology at Cambridge and spending his summer vacation in Belgrade, where he went to high school, decided to spend the money he got from his grandmother on buying a 100 meals for refugees who are spending days and nights in the open, near the Belgrade bus station, while waiting to continue their journeys towards Germany and Western Europe.

When his friends and family heard about what he did, they decided to help him in his mission and contribute with money for him to keep buying meals for the refugees. He kept doing so for more than 10 days. After one of the bakery owners refused to sell him the meals for the refugees, he went and bought cakes and cookies from a bakery store and gave them away in the park. Needless to say, refugees, many of them children, who traveled for months and faced many troubles on their journey, were especially delighted by this random act of kindness.

In his interview for the agencies he mentioned that he founded the Cambridge Students For Liberty last year and that we should answer to the dangers of building new walls in Europe and keep reminding ourselves about the importance of open borders and freedom of movement for prosperity in Europe.

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