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With the 40th Anniversary of the failed War on (Some) Drugs happening this week our friends over at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) has launched a new resource, Fee.TV: Freedom in HD. Appropriately, their innaugural video is “The Cost of the Drug War”.

This new resource will provide a number of great infograph videos for public viewing that highlights the economic and social costs of many of the government interventionist policies in the United States. Check out the page and join their mailing list to keep up to date on all the action over at FEE.

On June 15th, Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie made short videos answering questions of Reason Magazine readers, reason.tv viewers, and Reason’s followers on Facebook and Twitter.  I encourage you to check out all of the videos in the mini-series, but one in particular just warms my little heart:

At about the 4:30 mark, they begin addressing Jeremy Sands’ question, “Who will assume Ron Paul’s place in the future?”  After Nick’s response, Matt chimes in (at 4:57), “…Students For Liberty, which is a huge grassroots student organization on campuses, are creating a new generation of people.  They might not have Ron Paul’s basket of concerns precisely, it’s a different generation.  They are the next Ron Paul, and it’s one of the more interesting things to look at in modern politics.”

Aw, shucks! :)

To clarify SFL’s position in politics, please check out this post.

What other questions did Nick and Matt address?  Check out this segment on libertarians and health care:

If you would like to see the entire series, visit http://reason.com/archives/2011/06/10/ask-a-libertarian.  To learn more about Nick and Matt’s book, The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong With America, visit http://declaration2011.com.

A huge thanks to Matt, Nick, and two of the series’ producers (and great friends of SFL) Josh Swain and Katie Hooks.

We at Students For Liberty and our partners at the Atlas Network are proud to unveil the cover design of our new book, The Morality of Capitalism, What Your Professors Won’t Tell You.  We are printing 60,000 of these books for mass distribution on college campuses this fall.

This cover visually represents the key elements of the Morality of Capitalism.  That true free market capitalism is a moral social system.  That capitalism creates mutual value through voluntary exchange.  That it brings people from around the world together through peaceful, harmonious transactions.

This book will provide students for liberty all across the globe with a valuable tool in the battle for liberty on campus.  It contains the work of two Nobel Prize winners, a world-famous entrepreneur, and works from an international lineup of renowned scholars, philosophers, economists, and historians.  The book makes a compelling case from multiple perspectives as to why free market capitalism is a moral system.  Here is a list of the articles contained within The Morality of Capitalism:

  • The Morality of Capitalism, by Tom G. Palmer
  • Interview with an Entrepreneur, featuring John Mackey, Founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market
  • Liberty and Dignity Explain the Modern World, by Deirdre N. McCloskey
  • Competition and Cooperation, by David Boaz
  • For-Profit Medicine and the Compassion Motive, by Tom G. Palmer
  • The Paradox of Morality, by Mao Yushi
  • The Moral Logic of Equality and Inequality in Market Society, by Leonid V. Nikonov
  • Adam Smith and the Myth of Greed, by Tom G. Palmer
  • Ayn Rand and Capitalism: The Moral Revolution, by David Kelley
  • The Market Economy and the Distribution of Wealth, by Ludwig Lachmann
  • Political and Economic Freedoms Together Spawn Humanity’s Miracles, by Temba A Nolutshungu
  • Global Capitalism and Justice, by June Arunga
  • Human Betterment Through Globalization, by Vernon Smith, Nobel Laureate in Economics
  • The Culture of Liberty, by Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Laureate in Literature

In “Interview with an Entrepreneur”, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey best described the task in front of us as students for liberty.  We have to change the narrative about capitalism:

“Capitalism is a source of value.  It’s the most amazing vehicle for social cooperation that has ever existed.  And that’s the story we need to tell.  We need to change the narrative.  From an ethical standpoint, we need to change the narrative of capitalism, to show that it’s about creating shared value, not for the few, but for everyone.  If people could see that the way I see it, people would love capitalism the way I love it.”

That is indeed the task before us today.  Click here to request up to 500 copies of The Morality of Capitalism for your student group today so that you can spread the message of liberty, capitalism, and peace to your fellow students this fall.

The International Society for Individual Liberty, Libertarian International and the Tea Party Italia invite you to the ISIL 2011 World Conference, to be held 29 August – 2 September on the idyllic island of Vulcano, off the coast of Sicily.

Expect a memorable event. Catch up with foreign friends and meet new ones.
Recharge your moral batteries. Draw inspiration from speakers at the cutting edge of libertarian philosophy.

The intellectual heavy-hitters you love, Antonio Martino, Tom Palmer, Mary Ruwart, Ken Schoolland will be present; along with young, exciting thinkers Mark Pennington, Nicola Ianello, Josie Appleton, Valérie Hartwich, Detlev Schlichter and many others.  They will be pushing the boundaries, exploring radical scenarios, and inspiring ideas into your life.

After the intense sessions, step outside of the friendly hotel, be still, and take in the magic beauty of this island where you’ll be staying.

Ignite your mind this Summer. Join fellow liberty advocates at the ISIL 2011 World conference.

More info at www.vulcanoconference.com.

Our friends at Liberty in America, a grassroots organization that uses a liberty-themed tour bus to educated citizens on the ideas of liberty, hosts webinars featuring great speakers on a variety of issues.  Their next speaker is Kathleen Hartnett White of the Texas Public Policy Foundation on “The Approaching EPA Avalanche”:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is churning out new regulations in unprecedented number, speed, scope, stringency, and cost. The Wall Street Journal called it “an EPA regulatory spree unprecedented in U.S. history.” With converging effective dates in the next three years, the rules risk basic electric reliability according to the National Electric Reliability Council. Kathleen Hartnett White, Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, will review 10 of these EPA rules and assess their impact – particularly on Texas, the nation’s leading manufacturing state. She will also identify strategies to roll back these rules.

Advanced Registration is required.  Click here to register now: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/864732910