Last night, we wrapped up the term with some karaoke (I wish I had my camera) and some fun. We brainstormed a little bit and came up with some ideas for the next term. The biggest question is can a non-YAL group get Ron Paul to speak on their campus? We will see!
And one more thing! Please please please fill out this survey that will nominate us for Drexel Student Organization of the Year! Please put a little time into it (write a few sentences for each question) and we will be forever grateful!
The new term begins after a whole two weeks or so of break!
Student Liberty Front is already working hard to get the ball rolling on some ideas. Apart from our usual weekly meetings and 4-5 events, we are finishing up fundraising and charity projects. Our winter clothing drive has gotten us a ton of clothes . . . there will be pictures soon of our “pile” soon. We’re also finishing up recruiting for the Students for Liberty International Conference . . . $15 registration is closing on THURSDAY, so please sign up!
Our first meeting will be held Thursday, 1/7/09, at 9:00 PM in Matheson 208. We will be discussing ideas and plans for the term.
Wow, last night was intense. We covered a lot of upcoming events and discussed a pretty hot topic that got audience members pretty fired up — state vs free market licensing.
First, I’ll cover some of the events. Click on this link to view powerpoint from the meeting.
- Next weekend, December 12/13, some of us are carpooling to Easton/Bethlehem to help Jake Towne hand out flyers for his campaign. If you are interested, let us know. We are sleeping overnight in Easton.
- Students for Liberty INTERNATIONAL Conference! SLF IS REIMBURSING AND HOTEL IS COVERED! It takes place February 12th – Sunday, February 14th, 2010 at American University in Washington DC.
Please fill out a registration FORM and then pay the FEE. SEND YOUR RECEIPT TO firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to click on the link that says that we are an affiliated group, and we/you will get a discount.
Also, if you’re bored, nominate an SLF member for member of the year!
- Many members were curious about some SLF members attending CPAC. CPAC will be held February 18-20, 2010 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C.
Please see Year of Youth and Campaign for Liberty for more details — many members are going to antagonize conservatives while many are going just to network and socialize with fellow liberty lovers. It’s all up to you!
To register, please click here and select the student ticket and Adam’s Inn package and use code YOUTH for a 20 dollar discount. 4 nights and a student ticket will cost only 109 dollars! This is a great deal! Although SLF is not going to be reimbursing for CPAC, the price is so minimal that many should be able to attend!
Now, the meeting itself was on state licensing vs. free market licensing.
I took two pictures and copy/pasted them together.
I believe, while many of us disagreed, we at least found fault in the current system — at least with corruption/lobbying/special interests.
I would say that I prefer the free market solution to licensing, by offering it privately, because I believe strongly in personal responsibility, competition, and choice. That’s my simple answer.
Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither. -Ben Franklin
Student Liberty Front, Vice President
Fox News visited Drexel University’s Main Building today for a live broadcast of the online forum program “Freedom Watch: With Judge Andrew Napolitano” Oct. 28.
The program, which was available live on FoxNews.com, was hosted by Judge Andrew Napolitano, a leading voice in the American liberty movement, a faction better known by its major political face, the Libertarian Party. Freedom Watch is an online only show where the Judge discusses issues that pertain to individual freedoms in America with various guests that include many prominent politicians.
The episode at Drexel focused in part on the relevance of the liberty movement to college students and the growing focus on the freedom movement after the recent presidential campaign of Republican candidate Ron Paul whose platform was the reduction of the federal government and the expansion of personal liberties.
“There’s never been a more libertarian time. I think people had become fed up with Bush and now they realize that Obama is just another politician too,” Alexander McCobin, a Ph.D student in philosophy at Georgetown University and the executive director of the national group Students for Liberty, said.
Tyler Frazier, a pre-junior studying chemical engineering at Drexel, reiterated Mr. McCobin by saying “Liberals and conservatives think that they’re only fighting against each other but what they don’t realize is that there’s plenty of other groups with other views.”
However, getting alternative views like this into office might be difficult for the Liberty Movement. Although Ron Paul was supported by the Liberty Movement in the last election, he ran as a Republican but lost the party’s nomination to John McCain. The Libertarian Party’s own presidential candidate, Bob Barr, only obtained 0.4 percent of the national vote in 2008.
Despite these setbacks, the students at the Drexel event felt positive that the Libertarian Movement was growing among the students who supported Obama but have become disillusioned by what they see as inaction in fulfilling his campaign promises. They point to the show’s broadcast from Drexel as being a huge boon to the movement because it brings together many of the leaders of the movement to discusses important topics that actually resonate with people.
During the broadcast from Drexel, a panel of several students and politicians were selected to participate on the on air debate with Jude Napolitano.
The discussion centered on several topics, including “What makes a war just? What are the dangers to personal liberty brought on by the economic crises? And, what are currently the largest threats to our liberty?” according to Irena Schneider, the Mid-Atlantic director for Students for Liberty and a sophomore at American University studying Russian.
Drexel’s own Student Liberty Front, an affiliate of the national Students for Liberty, was also represented on the panel. Both the president of the organization, Pericles Niarchos, and the vice president, Stacy Litz, discussed topics live on the show. Aaron Moyer, a Drexel University student and president of the Philadelphia Forum for Freedom was also a member of the panel.
One of the shows topics was the growing popularity of the Liberty Movement on college campuses. Niarchos said, “A lot of student groups support anti-war platforms [like the one taken by the Liberty Movement].”
All three Drexel panelists agreed that the Liberty Movement is gaining ground on college campuses and events like the broadcast of a network news show are putting Drexel at the forefront of the student movement. But if recent election numbers are anything to go by, the Student Liberty Front has a lot of work to do before they are counted among the major political parties.
The show, which was hosted by Drexel’s Student Liberty Front, was held in the University’s Main Building in front of a small audience of Drexel students, local politicians, and the media.