YAL in Action

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Tag: Libertarianism
  • Larry Sharpe Town Hall at St. Lawrence University

    SLU Young Americans for Liberty hosted (just hosted, we did not endorse) New York Libertarian Party gubernatorial nominee Larry Sharpe last night in a town-hall style event. He explained his plans, or lack thereof, for the state, admitting that he, as someone from Queens, doesn’t know what’s best for the North Country (our location in …

  • Recruiting for a New YAL Chapter at FRCC

    Last week, a “boots on the ground” representative from The Leadership Institute, David Scarpelli, and myself decided to do some recruiting for a Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) chapter in the process of foundation at Front Range Community College (FRCC) in Westminster, Colorado. This is the largest FRCC campus, and on it there is a lot …

  • Millennials Keep Giving Seniors a Hard Time

    The mainstream media’s best kept secret is that Millennials are increasingly starting to favor the ideas typically associated with libertarianism. With their Facebook posts about “it” always “happening” and their rabid support for former Congressman Ron Paul, today’s youth are embracing the dangerous trend of anti-war, small-government views that are coursing through the Republican, and …

  • Libertarianism: Organized Skepticism

    Stephen Emmott once wrote that “Science is essentially organized skepticism.” The quote is rather thought-provoking. It describes a way of thinking that takes nothing at face value, that analyzes and re-analyzes seen and unseen consequences, that combines open-mindedness with structured reasoning. I’d suggest that Emmott’s phrase is equally applicable to the philosophy of liberty. Let’s look …

  • Stossel’s Take

    John Stossel will be talking about the future of libertarianism tonight on “Stossel” on Fox Business. Check it out!  He never fails to keep things interesting, always throwing in a little bit of controversy to make his point. The show is at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST.  Here’s the preview.

  • Handbook to Grow Libertarianism, Part 3

    Baffled by why statists think the way they do, and why they still brush off libertarianism?  It’s all about psychology, and how people view government.  In this three-part series, I explain the three central arguments libertarians need to make to win over progressives and other statists.  Most non-libertarians, especially progressives, make three inherent assumptions about the United …

  • Handbook to Grow Libertarianism, Part 2

    Want to know how to convert a statist into a libertarian?  It’s actually not that hard.  It’s all about how people view government.  In this three-part series, I explain the three central arguments libertarians need to make to win over progressives and other statists. Most non-libertarians, especially progressives, make three inherent assumptions about the United States government.  They assume …

  • Handbook to Grow Libertarianism — Part 1

    Most non-libertarians, especially progressives, make three inherent assumptions about the United States government: Our government has our best interests at heart Our government is inherently transparent Our government is fundamentally democratic This fundamental three-part mindset is at the heart of the question “why aren’t more people libertarian?”  It’s easy to be in favor of government …

  • The Michael Lind Kerfuffle

    A Hamiltonian Salon contributor and economic historian by the name of Michael Lind has been preoccupied with libertarians lately. It started with his “question libertarians just can’t answer,” which got tons of answers, some of them really good, and some of them incredibly lousy. Economic historian Thomas Woods expertly (as always) demonstrated how Lind’s argument is …

  • Individualism and Society: A Response to Peter Corning

    It is often said of libertarians that we are radical individualists. Indeed, I have heard critics say things like, “I reject libertarianism because I believe in society.” President Obama famously declared that if you have a successful enterprise, “You didn’t build that — somebody else made that happen.” In a 2011 article at Psychology Today, Dr. Peter …