Ithaca College YAL: Foreign Policy & Pizza

IC Young Americans for Liberty topped off our activism-filled Wednesday with Virtual Liberty Speaker Jim Harper. A Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, Harper spoke about the themes of his book Terrorizing Ourselves: Why U.S. Counter Terrorism Policy is Failing and How to Fix It, and participated in a Q&A with the audience.

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Harper was IC YAL’s first Virtual Liberty Speaker, and we billed the event under the title “Foreign Policy & Free Pizza.” We drew attendees from all spectrums of the campus including, College Republicans, IC Progressives, students on the Debate Team, and faculty members.

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We felt the content and timing of the event was effective to increase recruitment for IC YAL. Holding a foreign policy-themed event on Veterans’ Day taps into the Liberty principle of honoring our fallen soldiers by creating less of them. Also, providing a liberty perspective on foreign policy taps into a millennial sentiment of opposing the military-industrial complex. This event opened the door for students hesitant on embracing liberty ideals to see the intersection of liberty across borders; upholding freedom through counter-terrorism policy is built on the same principle of upholding human freedom through economic policy, drug policy, etc.

Thanks to Mr. Harper and our Regional Directors — IC YAL continues to grow.

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