On February 17, Young Americans for Liberty @ IUP conducted an informational meetings. We organized this meeting and the awareness spreading of this meeting through several officer sessions with Ryan, Nicolette, Ian, Travis , and me (Caleb). Through our efforts there was a total of 15 people who came to this meeting.
We started with Travis speaking on our chapter’s overarching moral philosophy. He ended his speech with the brilliant Mises quote from Human Action stating that “If a man drinks wine and not water, I cannot say he is acting irrationally. At most I can say in his place I would not do the same. But his pursuit of happiness is his own business, not mine.”
We continued on with Ryan discussing internet privacy and Edward Snowden. I discussed foreign policy, utilizing some of General Smedley Butler’s War is a Racket speech:
WAR is a racket. It always has been.
It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.
A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small “inside” group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.
After I spoke, Nicolette discussed the War on Drugs, its failure, and its systemic racism. Ian followed her, delivering a message on the importance of economic freedom, especially for the little guy, while government intervention in the economy largely helps big business at the expense of small businesses.
After our speeches, Ryan informed the group of our planned activism events, to include YAL’s version of Operation Politically Homeless as well as an event to advocate for internet freedom (using a kit we got from Students for Liberty). Both of these events will be conducted in March.
Ryan also told the crowd about the PA State Convention which all five of us officers are planning to go to. An additional five signed up stating interest to go to the State convention at Penn State University.
Additionally, we asked if any would be interested in taking a picture with our banner to be put on our Facebook page. This is the product of that: