This week we hosted a couple phenomenal speakers here at the University of Georgia. The first speaker was former marine pilot and Senate candidate Chuck Donovan, who now appears frequently on the Atlanta radio show “Butler on Business,” and manages a blog at www.donovanforliberty.com.
Mr. Donovan spoke about how he came to libertarianism and discussed briefly his run for Senate. He laid the foundation for the basics of liberty. In his presentation, he noted the failures of attempting to solve societal problems with government: less freedom, more intrusiveness, higher costs, more intervention, unintended consequences, and eventually implosion.
Donovan then discussed the basics of liberty: natural rights/property rights, economic freedom, and non-initiation of force. The purpose of government is to have a specific role in upholding individual rights, protecting private property, and supporting freedom of choice. He ended his presentation with this quote: “Don’t be afraid to let freedom win.” He then recommended some “liberty primers” for young libertarians to read, such as The Road to Serfdom, “I, Pencil,” Murray Rothbard, Bastiat, and the websites of the Mises Institute and FEE. Other authors included: Garrett, Chodorov, Sumner, and Spooner.
Our second speaker was former gubernatorial candidate John Monds. He drove all the way from Cairo, Georgia, to speak to our group (that’s over five hours worth of driving — in one direction). He was the first African-American candidate to appear on the ballot for governor in Georgia, and one of his most passionate issues is the freedom to homeschool his children as he sees fit.
Mr. Monds offered a liberty “pep talk” to the people that showed up that night. He noted how, in debates with Nathan Deal and Roy Barnes, he would bring up issues of hemp production and Sunday alcohol sales.
He stressed the importance of holding close to principles, being passionate about being a libertarian student on campus, and (most importantly) having fun at it. He also discussed how he became a libertarian and how he got involved in the Libertarian Party and eventually ran for governor.
His favorite author that he recommended was Murray Rothbard, and he recommended Lew Rockwell’s website. He discussed how information is so readily available on the Internet, noting how we have such easy access to a plethora of online libertarian literature.
Both speakers took questions and engaged the audience in many thought-provoking questions. We got to hear them speak for the course of a little over two hours.