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This weekend, Tea Party Students will host their first conference as part of the first Tea Party Patriots American Policy Summit in Phoenix, AZ.

SFL’s own Alexander Falkenstein will be speaking about student activism and Ron Paul will be addressing the crowd.

To register for free with your full $100 scholarship, send an email with the following information to Danny@TeaPartyStudents.Org.

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A tweet from Bryan Caplan, Economics professor at GMU and speaker at the 2011 ISFLC

Over five hundred liberty advocates converged this weekend on the George Washington University campus in Washington, DC to attend the Fourth Annual International Students For Liberty Conference hosted by GWU’s Liberty Society!

Students For Liberty Executive Board member Pericles Niarchos and Campus Coordinator Michelle Fields had the opportunity to speak to Judge Napolitano on Fox Business Network’s Freedom Watch about the conference. Fox News will air the interview on Sunday, February 20th at 9pm EST.

Reason.tv covered the entire event and conducted interviews with students.  Be sure to keep an eye out for the reason.tv video release!

Several Students For Liberty leaders with Stossel

The conference featured a taping of the STOSSEL show, where John Stossel and Cato Vice President David Boaz spoke to students about the ideas of liberty. Dozens of enthusiastic students had the opportunity to ask Stossel and Boaz questions regarding the philosophy or liberty.

The highly anticipated 2011 SFL Awards were presented at the conference. These annual awards are given to celebrate the student movement by highlighting the work of some of the strongest pro-liberty student leaders in the world. Congratulations to the 2011 SFL Award Winners:

  • Student Event of the Year: University of Nevada-Reno Students for Liberty: Abolish the ASUN Festival
  • Student of the Year: SFL Campus Coordinator Michelle Fields
  • Student Group of the Year: University of California Berkeley Students for Liberty

The SFL awards recognize the incredible work that students are doing on campuses and serve as a way to both empower students and inspire future student leaders. One student from SUNY Albany, Jeremy Kolassa, attended the event and tweeted his reaction:

Feeling very optimistic about our future from this event. The world is moving forward, to freedom. #2011isflc

This is the largest Conference in Students For Liberty’s history and a testament to the rapid growth and strength of the student movement. At the closing ceremony, SFL welcomed the newly elected members of the 2010-2011 SFL Executive Board. These members have proven themselves to be passionate advocates of liberty and will help SFL continue to grow tremendously.

Joining the SFL Executive Board:
Clint Townsend – University of North Texas
Andrew Kaluza – University of Texas San Antonio
Anton Howes – King’s College London
Molly Fratianne – Ashland University
Jennifer Jones – Salem College
Karina Zannat – American University
Frederick Roeder – University of Bayreuth

The conference included too many incredible activities to name them all, but here is a brief sampling of the opportunities that were made available to students this weekend:

  • A new decentralized conference itinerary, which included over forty-five different sessions.
  • An Advanced Austrian Economics session run by the Foundation for Economic Education, Liberty 101 sessions run by the Institute for Humane Studies, and an Advanced Colloquium run by Liberty Fund.
  • A liberty fair, where Students For Liberty’s sponsor organizations met with students to give out information about scholarships, internships, and employment opportunities within the liberty movement.
  • Speeches from Dr. Tyler Cowen, Former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson, and Megan McArdle.

The 2011 International SFL Conference was an amazing event that speaks volumes about the success and rapid growth of Students For Liberty. We thank everyone who helped make the conference such a success!

Wednesday, February 23: 8-9PM Eastern/Standard Time on YOUR Computer: A Special Edition Webinar

Register Here

We’ve been running programs, webinars, and conferences for a while now. Have a bone to pick? It’s your turn to jump in and tell us what YOU want to get out of SFL, what you want to see us do, problems we’re not addressing, programs we’re not running, and questions we’re not answering.

Ask us how to run an event, how to fundraise, how to delegate responsibilities, or get us to tell you our worst and best stories in the student liberty movement. Give us ideas for programs, find out why we do what we do, or – just get to know us! This is our ultimate tell-all. Kick back for the hour with the strongest student leaders of liberty in the country – and all their brilliant advice, hard-earned experience, diverse philosophies, weird quirks, and dazzling characters.

HOW IT WORKS

Simply submit your questions on this facebook event thread OR send them by email to ischneider@studentsforliberty.org with the subject heading “E-Board Tell-All Webinar.” See a question on the Facebook thread you really want answered?  Go ahead and “like” it!  We will choose questions to address ahead of time to fill up the hour. So keep ‘em coming!

Historically, we have seen the world begin to adopt new technologies as a means of communication.  More importantly, we have seen technology, and specifically the internet, being used as a way to communicate massive quantities of information and thus education.  As such, we have seen the utilization of technology for information as one of the primary sources of knowledge in our society.

LearnLiberty.org, a new project sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies, is an exciting new utilization of technology as a way to advance liberty.  This website and YouTube channel enable you to easily get an online education on liberty and classical liberalism.

Anyone who has heard an IHS lecture or attended an IHS seminar knows the potency of the arguments presented by their lecturers.  Now, people can access many of these professors and intellectuals through LearnLiberty.org from the comfort of their own home.  Still in its beta phase, the website is being updated every day with new videos and information.  This initiative is essentially a collection of videos, podcasts, and other content with which one can learn the many perspectives on classical liberalism from intellectuals.  One important facet of LearnLiberty.org is that it is not just a cut-and-paste educational resource; indeed, the real knowledge is gained through an understanding of the different (and quite often differing) perspectives of liberty.  As they say on their website:

Classical liberal thinkers do not agree on everything, and the speakers on LearnLiberty.org are no exception. We believe exploring and discussing these ideas is so important precisely because we do not all agree. We hope you will join our conversation, and help advance the understanding of these important ideas.

For a great explanation on the tenets of classical liberalism that most libertarians can theoretically agree on, watch Dr. Nigel Ashford of the Institute for Humane Studies illustrate the ten core values of liberty (video taken from LearnLiberty.org).

While the liberty movement cheered in response to CPAC moving in the correct direction, Fox News condemned this anti-authoritarian movement, as Kevin McCullough of Fox News stated:

“Libertarians and Conservatives are as different as Libertarians and Liberals. The truth is libertarians are the worst form of political affiliation in the nation. Combining the desire of economic greed, with the amoral desire to promote any behavior regardless of its cost to our culture is a stark departure from the intent of the Founding Fathers.”

Unfortunately for Mr. McCullough, empty rhetoric does not win arguments.  George Mason University student Nicholas Snow breaks down Mr. McCullough’s assertions and shows once again why libertarianism is the only consistent political philosophy advocating for individual liberty and free markets.