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This August, ESFL Executive Board member Fred Roeder and I were at the IES-Europe Summer University for the New Economics. The Institute for Economic Studies-Europe became independent of the Institute for Humane Studies many years ago, but continues its fantastic work in Europe, educating students at various camps across the continent, and holding its annual Summer University in Aix-en-Provence every year.

The 32nd Summer University was a great opportunity to meet like-minded students and libertarian intellectuals, not to mention the sun and food of Southern France. With thanks to Pierre Garello, its director, Fred and I gave an introductory speech about ESFL at a dinner and drinks hosted specifically for the purpose of encouraging greater student ties. Fred also led a seminar session on the growth of the student pro-liberty movement in Europe.

The conference itself was devoted to understanding the current crises and exiting them post-welfare state. Some of the top European classical liberals and libertarians were there, for example Leszek Balcerowicz, the former Finance Minister of Poland, who led the country’s economy out of communism; Gabriel Calzada of Rey Juan Carlos University; and Dr Barabara Kolm of the Hayek Institute in Vienna, to name but a handful.

I would encourage all students involved with the ESFL and SFL networks to attend next year. There are few better pro-liberty experiences.

RIF Institute seeks energetic, creative students or recent graduates to work part time year-round on social media and development. The right person will be given much responsibility and freedom in implementing his or her ideas.

The Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute is a 501(c)3 organization in Chicago, aiming to establish a new college dedicated to these values. Its innovative curriculum is based on the classics but incorporates study of free market economics and related works, and modern science. Additionally, however, its unique program uses special teaching methods that strongly increase the ability to reason independently and excellently, as well as connect abstract ideas to the concrete world, enabling graduates to be men and women of intellect and action.

Currently, RIF Institute runs seminars using a version of its college program, while seeking the funds to open the new College.

Salary is negotiable and increases with the success of the projects. Candidates need to be highly self-motivated and self-directed, organized and timely, with good collaborative skills, willing to learn about the educational philosophy, methods, and details of our program.

Please e-mail as an attachment a letter explaining interest, dates of availability, and any specified interests in publishing, development, publicity, and marketing; resume; and three references to menright@rifinst.org.

Registration has opened for the first annual European Students For Liberty Conference! We are looking forward to an amazing weekend in Leuven, Belgium from November 18 – 20th, where we will have the opportunity to meet motivated pro-liberty students from all over Europe, and hear prominent speakers such as…

Tom Palmer: Executive Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute.



Pierre Garello: Director of IES-Europe and professor of Economics at the Faculté d’Economie Appliquée of Paul Cézanne University in Aix-en-Provence, France.



Detlev Schlichter: Author of the upcoming book, Paper Money Collapse: The Folly of Elastic Money and the Coming Monetary Breakdown, financial, economic, and political commentator, and Senior Fellow of the Cobden Centre.


Anne Jolis, editorial page writer for the Wall Street Journal Europe, and more!

This is going to be a weekend to remember, so make sure that you register today! See you this November!

Are you an alumnus who is interested in giving back to the student movement for liberty?  Do you want to help more students learn about the ideas of liberty or guide young leaders of liberty in their efforts on campus?  Do you want to help build the network of pro-liberty alumni? If so, you should consider applying for the Alumni For Liberty Board!

Alumni For Liberty is a project of Students For Liberty that provides a way for alumni dedicated to freedom to remain involved in supporting the student movement for liberty.  AFL helps mentor students interested in careers that advance liberty, advise student organizations dedicated to liberty, provide moral and financial support for students, and provide an overarching support network to connect alumni and students with one another.

The Alumni For Liberty Board is composed of highly motivated alumni who are dedicated to leading the effort of involving alumni in the student movement for liberty.  Requirements to join the AFL Board include:

  1. Selection to the AFL Board through the application process
  2. A financial commitment to the student movement for liberty in the form of a meaningful donation to Students For Liberty, the definition of each depending on the individual (e.g. $25 may be meaningful for an AFL Board member who just graduated and is in Teach For America, whereas an AFL Board member who works as an attorney at a law firm may donate more)
  3. A strong commitment to supporting the student movement for liberty in some additional capacity based on your skills and interests

If you have graduated from an undergraduate course of study and would like to stay involved in the student movement for liberty, then we encourage you to apply here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2011AFLBoard.

With the application window for all AFL candidates closing September 10th, interested alumnus should apply as soon as possible.


Every year, tens of thousands of college students are indoctrinated by their statist professors.  Many graduate without ever even hearing about libertarian ideas.  Luckily, you’ve decided to stand up and fight back against the statists that control your classrooms and student organizations.  The Advocates for Self-Government think that’s pretty cool – and that you deserve to be rewarded for your efforts.  That’s why they’ve launched Epic Liberty.

Every time you stand up and make a difference on your campus, you’ll accumulate points for both you and your group.  Earn enough points, and the Advocates automatically send you some great prizes.  As you level up, so does your group.  By working together to change your campus, your group will receive amazing benefits like Professionally Written Press Releases, Pizza for Your Meetings, Amazon gift cards, and even Ads in Your Campus Newspaper.

Get started today by signing up for Epic Liberty (and if you do it this week, you’ll get an extra 50 points).  Like the page on Facebook and recommend it to your friends: http://www.facebook.com/EpicLiberty.

But that’s not all, as part of the launch of this new program, Epic Liberty, The Advocates giving you the opportunity to win $250 to carry out your craziest, most exciting idea to spread Liberty on your campus.   All you have to do is tell them your best ideas (you can share as many ideas as you want, but can only win one grant per campus).  A panel of libertarian activists and experts will then choose the top 10 ideas which will each receive $250 and a chance to win a brand new Flip Cam to document and share their amazing experiences.

Tell us your best idea today.  The deadline to submit your best idea is Tuesday, September 27!

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