Choose Charity: Encouraging Data

Young Americans for Liberty has recently launched a great campaign titled “Choose Charity,” which is an activism push toward volunteering…voluntarily.  It highlights the libertarian view that the best way to solve problems is through voluntary action because, after all, this is truly the only moral action.


I recently came across some fitting and optimistic (for our cause) polling data:



  • In a 2011 survey, nearly 7 in 10 18-29 year-old Americans viewed community volunteerism as an “honorable thing to do” (only about half of that say the same for running for office)

  • In a 2006 survey, 82% of 18-29 year-old Americans viewed community volunteerism as an effective way to solve community problems and 63% saw it as an effective way to solve national problems 

I think what this shows is the underlying belief amongst the youth in America that volunteerism can make a change.  Our goal at YAL should be to transfer that belief, through activism and education, into a broader political ideology.  If we can show our peers that libertarianism is based on volunteerism — something that young Americans endorse as an effective means to solving problems — then we can grow our numbers of pro-liberty activists.

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