Students For Liberty is an organization that supports liberty for all people. SFL does not dictate the foundations upon which individuals justify their belief in Liberty. Rather, Students For Liberty embraces the diversity of justifications for liberty and encourages debate and discourse on the differing philosophies that underlie liberty. The principles that SFL gathers around are defined in our pillars: Peace, Love Liberty; Freedom of Expression; Government Overreach; Free Society; Free Markets; End the Drug War; and Tech Liberty.
PEACE, LOVE, LIBERTY
Individuals prosper in peaceful and free societies. A society that every individual has a right to exercise their right to life, liberty, and property is a society that is free. We are striving towards this ideal every day. History has repeatedly shown that human ingenuity, markets, and technological progress are the best solutions to the most challenging problems of humanity—including diseases, food production, or environmental challenges. We endorse peaceful market responses to the great challenges in society.
FOCUS AREAS: Civil Discourse; Human Rights; Free Will and Moral Responsibility
Freedom of Expression
Every individual has the right to express themselves freely. Freedom of expression includes the right to challenge ideas, publish ideas, protest, practice religion. It also means we have a right to associate with others in whatever manner is mutually consensual. Private individuals and institutions also have the right to set their own rules for expression and association—and they can always be challenged for those rules.
FOCUS AREAS: Censorship; Free Press; Free Speech; Social Media; Artistic Freedom
We believe in the power of human action: they can communicate, cooperate and exchange goods and services as they see fit. They can build communities and companies that help other individuals around the globe. States like to have absolute power over their citizens’ actions. State interventions (social, political, and economic) interfere with the actions of free markets and individuals. We do not believe in states’ moral authority over their citizens’ actions.
FOCUS AREAS: Surveillance; Police Brutality; Nanny State Regulations; Pandemic Policy
We believe in open societies in which individuals make their own decisions and do not face collectivist or tribalist obstacles to their pursuit of happiness. Individuals have complete ownership of their bodies and their actions. Anything that infringes upon our responsibilities is an attack on our individuality. We consider economic and political freedoms and human rights are the foundations of an open society.
FOCUS AREAS: Freedom of Movement; Immigration Reform; Privacy; LGBTQ; Individual Liberty; Equal Treatment Under Law