War on Youth and Edward Stringham

The Young Americans for Liberty chapter at the University of Missouri (MU) invited Austrian economist Dr. Edward Stringham to campus, via Skype, earlier this week to talk about how the government does not look out for our best interests. In fact, as Stringham noted, most of the time, the government makes it harder for people to live and work. 

Stringham crowd

The event, which was part of April’s War on The Youth campaign, drew in a crowd of about 40 students and liberty activists; the classroom was filled to capacity. The youngsters, with their eager minds-a-twitter, came prepared and ready to ask some questions.

Stringham on Stossel

Stringham, as one might expect, came prepared, too. He spoke with PowerPoint slides showing examples of atrocious amounts of government waste. After speaking for an hour about government subsidies, vote buying, and cronyism, the jovial Stringham wrapped up his talk with a question and answer session. The questions ran the gambit: Why do politicians support minimum wage laws if such laws hurt people; how come people are given farm subsidies so they will not farm on their land; how do we stop politicians from acting carelessly with taxpayer dollars?

Stringham said, in short, that lobbying arms and interest groups tend to log roll efforts to increase the minimum wage and doll out outrageous amounts of farm subsidies. He also told the class that the only way to make politicians stop being spendthrifts is to change the culture of corruption in government.

The Stringham event was a success. Our chapter is getting pretty good at marketing events and bringing big name liberty speakers to campus, especially through the YAL U program.


Next semester promises to be as big as this past semester for MU’s YAL chapter. They plan on orchestrating a free market hot dog stand and inviting special speakers to campus. These will continue to get some good media hits from its future events in the future; it seems one of the benefits of being located at a big journalism school, is getting access to journalists starving for a good story.

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