SIUC’s YAL Chapter has a long, but prosperous road ahead. We’re basically starting at square one, but the campus is ripe for the picking. We got just about two dozen sign ups a few weeks ago.
The campus doesn’t have an outlet for liberty minded students to express themselves and a new YAL chapter represents a great outlet for that. The SIUC YAL Chapter will become a fountainhead for Liberty and an honest discussion about freedom and liberty.
As the new chapter president I’m excited for the spring semester. The best way to spread the message of Liberty on a college campus is to teach students, faculty, and administration just how empowering Liberty can be when applied to your personal life and your local community. We plan on doing some typical YAL activism, like a Free Speech Wall and an end of the semester outing to a local gun range, but I’ve got something special in store for SIUC.
Although I don’t consider myself an expert compared to the likes of Ron Paul, Jim Grant, or Tim Ferriss I do know a fair bit about monetary policy and entrepreneurism. I plan on giving a presentation open to the public based around the idea of mastering money, paying off student loans in less than a year, and the freedom that provides to do what you want with your life. By understanding the why and how of monetary policy and modern entrepreneurism an individual can experience freedom and liberty in ways unimaginable to the average person saddled with 20k+ in student loans. Most entrepreneurs are (closet) libertarians so by teaching people about economic freedom first they’ll be more open to applying the ideas of liberty throughout their life.
I’ll leave you with this quote that I found yesterday originally written by Dean Alfange:
“I do not choose to be a common man It is my right to be uncommon… If I can. I seek opportunity… Not security I do not wish to be a kept citizen, Humbled and dulled by having the state to dream and build, to Fail and succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the Guaranteed existence; the thrill of Fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence Nor my dignity for a hand out. I will Never cower before any master nor bend To any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, Proud, and unafraid; to think and act for Myself; enjoy the benefits of my Creation; and to face the world boldly And say, “ This I have done with my hand, I am a man. I am an American.”Published in