YAL in Action

Check out YAL activities on campus and updates from around the liberty movement.

Tag: Libertarian
  • Columbia College Chicago Recruiting

    On Thursday, September 14, we recruited on Columbia College Chicago’s campus for a new chapter starting up. After about one hour, we were able to gather a total of seven signatures and are expecting several more soon. Being the most liberal school in Illinois, many Columbia students appeared rather suspicious of us, frequently asking what …

  • YAL Participates in Hillsdale College Libertarian vs Conservative Debate

    On September 13th, a record attendance for a student vs student debate at Hillsdale was set as students packed Hillsdale College’s largest classroom for a debate on Libertarianism vs Conservatism. As president of Hillsdale YAL, I represented libertarianism in the debate, which focused on policies such as foreign policy and gay marriage (or privatizing marriage) …

  • A Letter to the President of the University of Michigan on Intellectual Diversity

    Dear President Coleman, We are writing to you to voice our concerns about the state of the intellectual climate on campus. Last week, Provost Pollack addressed an email to the University of Michigan community which affirmed “both the university’s” and her “own strong commitment to diversity and to creating a welcoming and inclusive community.”We applaud …

  • Statist and Proud!

    Ok, not really. I’m ironically wearing my statist pen on my blue blazer today. I really like to wear it because it inevitably leads to a conversation where someone ask me what it means and I get to go on an unbearably long rant about libertarianism that leaves my victim wishing they had never encountered me. Not …

  • We were robbed.

    Our chapter was robbed last week. After five events in six days my co-president, Luke, and I were worn out and felt tailgating for our largest game of the year was a great way to end our week, blow off steam, and hopefully meet new members in a fun and casual environment. My sun burn …

  • I couldn’t help wondering…

    “When I overhear my friends talking about politics without me.” — Ron Paul Problems The other day I was thinking about how many of my friends just don’t care about politics. I can understand how annoying it is to them — dirty campaigning, endless promises never kept to one group or another, and constant solicitations from …

  • Oedipus Laevus

    The following is an excerpt from my essay “Oedipus Laevus” extracted from Why We Left the Left, a collection of personal stories by Leftists who evolved to embrace libertarianism. Some of the greatest works of art ever created are the Greek tragedies of Sophocles. Antigone, Oedipus Rex and the like have entertained and captivated audiences …

  • The Top 50 Libertarian Websites

    Today, DBKB (death by 1,000 papercuts) released its top 50 libertarian websites list, “…based on the sites’ 3 months average of Alexa world wide traffic.” (DBKB) Lew Rockwell’s blog ranked first, followed by Reason and the Ludwig von Mises website to round out the top three. YAL ranked #18 (ahead of The Freeman and The …

  • Lessons From the Ever-Independent Orwell

    It is an uncommonly known fact that Eric Blair, better known by the pen name of George Orwell, was a socialist. This is seems astonishing in light of his extensive literature that seems to tear apart the myth of the socialist paradise. But you see that is precisely the point — though a socialist, Orwell …

  • The Impending Paradigm Shift?

    The consumer advocate and former Presidential candidate, Ralph Nader appeared on Judge Napolitano’s Freedom Watch to discuss the current changing dynamics of our political system. Nader pointed out that because many principled politicians are disrespected by both parties, an emerging alliance between pure progressives and libertarians, or the anti-corporatists, is taking shape due to the …