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Welcome to the Seventh Annual International Students For Liberty Conference! Welcome to the 7th Annual International Students For Liberty Conference! We are thrilled that you are here to join us for this joint celebration, training event, classroom, debate forum, networking session, and pep rally for liberty. It has been an incredible year for the student movement for liberty featuring these highlights: • Over 1,194 pro-liberty groups in our global network • The true internationalization of Students For Liberty with on the ground operations in Europe, Brazil, Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia featuring events such as the first African SFL Conference. • 18 US Regional Conferences with 2,765 total attendees and 9 European Regional Conferences with 1,190 total attendees. • 116 Campus Coordinators in North America and 64 Local Coordinators in Europe. • Record breaking resource distribution including 436 Tabling Kits and printed 350,000 copies of our new book Why Liberty. It is incredible to think that just five years ago the movement was a much different place, with very few active libertarian student groups, little to no communication between pro-liberty students and woefully few resources available. Thanks to you we are larger, stronger, and better organized than ever before. Please use this conference to learn as much as you can, about the principles of a free society, the opportunities available with our many partner organizations, and the strategies for creating a freer world. We especially encourage you to meet SFL’s many leaders in attendance. We are here to help you and your student group become better advocates of liberty, as well as answer any questions you may have about joining SFL’s leadership, whether through the Campus & Local Coordinator Programs, Alumni For Liberty Board, or a Charter Team. Sincerely & For Liberty,
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2:00pm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Registration Opens | Independence Foyer 2:00pm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Exhibit Hall Opens | Constitution Ballroom 3:30pm – 4:30pm. . . . . . Breakout Sessions
Challenges to Liberty: Substantive Criticisms and Questions Concerning the Libertarian Perspective Jim Lark | ROOM: CABIN JOHN/ARLINGTON This speech provides a discussion of several substantive criticisms of the libertarian perspective, and offers suggestions as to how to address such criticisms.
Mike Riggs & Bill Piper, moderated by Meghan Ralston, Drug Policy Alliance Join Bill Piper, director of national affairs of the Drug Policy Alliance, and journalist Mike Riggs for a rousing discussion about US drug policy. They’ll attempt to bridge the gap between libertarian ideals about ending the drug war and the realities of political strategy and compromise. ROOM: INDEPENDENCE BALLROOM
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The Most Entrepreneurial University on Earth
Zachary Caceres, Pablo Galindo, Elfego Solares, Universidad Francisco Marroquin ROOM: WILSON/ROOSEVELT
Find out all about a university where the library is named after Ludwig von Mises. Speakers will discuss Universidad Francisco Marroquín’s numerous opportunities for young entrepreneurs and scholars. Learn about studying abroad in beautiful Guatemala, studying the biggest reform on Earth at UFM’s Startup Cities Institute. Design your own degree in a program where everyone reads Human Action at the Michael Polanyi College. Ditch your desk job and learn to manage your own non-profit at UFM’s Master for Managing Non-Profits.
No Need to Recarve Rushmore for Bush or Obama: Similarly Bad on Peace, Prosperity, Liberty Ivan Eland, The Independent Institute | ROOM: FARRAGUT SQUARE Sneak preview on the update of Ivan Eland’s book “Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty,” which will now include a chapter on Obama and will be published in May.
Unleashing Creative Destruction and Empowering the Human Resource Jared Fuller, JobHive | ROOM: LAFAYETTE Unemployment figures are at record highs and climbing. Come see how JobHive uses individualism to change the game for job search. Learn first hand how to land that internship, get that job, or blaze your own trail. Positions will be available on location. All attendees will receive an exclusive JobHive.com invite and all of JobHive’s services for free upon sign up.
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9:30am-10:00am . . . . . . Coffee Service 10:00am . . . . . . . . . . . . . Art Exhibit Opens Sponsored by Illinois Policy Institute ROOM: BURNHAM
10:00am-10:30am . . . . . A Philosophic Defense of a Free Society John Allison Sponsored by the Cato Institute ROOM: INDEPENDENCE BALLROOM
10:00am-10:45am . . . . . Breakout Sessions
The Market for Law
David Friedman, The Institute for Humane Studies | ROOM: CABIN JOHN/ARLINGTON Law and law enforcement in modern societies are socialist industries, owned and run by governments. How might a society in which they are produced privately, like groceries and books, work, what reasons do we have to expect it to do a better job than the current system, what reasons do we expect it not to?
America at the Crossroads of Civil Liberties in the 21st Century
Jonathan Turley, The Future of Freedom Foundation | ROOM: WILSON/ROOSEVELT As one of the most respected legal scholars in the country, you could not find anyone better suited to address this issue than Jonathan Turley. He is the second most cited law professor in the country, and you have the chance to hear him tell you why we are at the crossroads of civil liberties.
Jesus, Morality, and Liberty: Is Christian Morality Coercive?
Jacqueline Isaacs, Taylor Barkley, Philip Luca, Leah Hughey & Jason Hughey, moderated by Elise Amyx ROOM: FARRAGUT SQUARE
Many Christian libertarians don’t see the connection between their faith and political views, or struggle to reconcile the two seemingly unrelated worlds. Meet five young professionals in the liberty movement who are libertarians because they are Christians. They believe principles
of limited government and individual freedom are compatible with biblical principles, while holding fast to the absolute truth of Christianity. Can faith be the future of the liberty movement? Join us for a conversation covering the top issues concerning young Christian libertarians today.
So you’re a libertarian, who gives a sh$t?
Young Americans for Liberty Regional Directors, Young Americans for Liberty ROOM: LAFAYETTE
What’s the point of being the smartest, purest, most well educated libertarian on the planet if you don’t do anything about it? This interactive session will go over messaging libertarian principles and how to be successful networking with students on a college campus.
Austrian Economics: Background and Relevance for Today
Chris Coyne, The Foundation for Economic Education | ROOM: FRANKLIN This session will provide a brief history of the school, review a few of the main themes, and then discuss some present-day applications of Austrian Economics.
Life After Graduation: Alumni For Liberty Talk Career Choices
The Dulles Brothers and America’s Century of Regime Change
High School Session
Free Market Environmentalism: The Next Generation
Denise Chaykun, Trevor Burrus, Andrew Kirell & John Payne Alumni For Liberty | ROOM: LATROBE Is everyone asking you what you’re doing after graduation? Get some ideas from panelists in our Alumni for Liberty (AFL) network who were in your position not too long ago. Alumni for Liberty is a project of Students for Liberty that keeps SFL alumni engaged in the movement for liberty. Join at www.studentsforliberty.org/alumni. Students For Liberty | ROOM: RENWICK Come meet other pro-liberty high school students at the SFL high-school session. Whether you’re thinking about starting a group on campus, want to learn more about libertarianism, become more involved with SFL, or just interact with other high-school students, this will be the session to attend. 10:30am – 11:00am
War Is A Choice: So Is Peace
Stephen Kinzer, The Future of Freedom Foundation | ROOM: WILSON/ROOSEVELT Stephen Kinzer has been detailing the folly of U.S. imperialism for many years in his writing, and his recent book The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War is no exception. Kinzer will tell you how two immensely powerful brothers led the United States into a series of foreign adventures whose effects are still shaking the world.
Holly Fretwell, Property and Environment Research Center | ROOM: FARRAGUT SQUARE Why are countries rich or poor? What determines growth? Does development hurt or hinder environmental quality? This session will outline the key characteristics necessary for people to invest in themselves and the environment in the developing and developed world.
Prohibition, Prisons, and the Police
Libertarianism & The Left Roundtable
Mike Riggs, Dan D’Amico & Tim Lynch, moderated by Caleb Brown, Young Americans for Liberty | ROOM: LAFAYETTE Bad boys, bad boys what you going to do when they come for you? Find out how cops and the criminal justice system are screwing you over and what you can do to fight back.
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Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: The Process of Government
Tom Palmer, Sponsored by the Atlas Network ROOM: INDEPENDENCE BALLROOM
11:00am-12:00pm Zach Wahls, Jill Harris & Barbara Sostaita, Moderated by Clark Ruper 11:00am-11:45am . . .Breakout Sessions
Freedom for Scottish Perverts! James Stacey Taylor, the Institute for Humane Studies
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What limits should be placed on the Government’s legitimate ability to interfere in the lives of private individuals? Should the Government be allowed to interfere in persons’ lives at all? The philosopher John Stuart Mill has answers—but the implications might be rather disturbing…
Trevor Burrus, The Foundation for Economic Education | ROOM: FRANKLIN The saying goes, “Government is very good at breaking your legs, giving you a crutch, and then saying ‘see, without us you couldn’t walk.’” The growth of government goes through a predictable process: Grandiose dreams begat inefficient programs that become ingrained in our lives. Those programs then breed dependents and an inability to imagine life without those problems. The first step for solving this problem is to realize that there is one.
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Women For Liberty Leadership Training Workshop
Moriah Costa, Kathryn DeLong, Odunola Oladejo, Cathy Reisenwitz & Kelly Barber, Women For Liberty ROOM: LATROBE
The leaders on this panel will provide tangible advice for young women who want to advance professionally in any leadership structure, from jobs inside and outside the libertarian community to extracurricular activities. It is our goal to empower female participants by capturing the essence of a successful mentorship experience in a 45 min period. All are welcome to attend. 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
The Difference a Hero Can Make
Larry Reed Sponsored by the Foundation for Economic Education
Restoring Political Liberty With Objectivist Morality Ed Hudgins, The Atlas Society ROOM: FARRAGUT SQUARE
The political landscape is bleak. Democrats are paternalist authoritarians. Republicans are a confused mess. To restore liberty, friends of freedom must seize the moral highground. Hudgins will show how Objectivism offers unique and powerful arguments based on rational individualism that will change politics and change the culture. Here’s how to wield Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead to vanquish the foes of freedom!
Growing up with War in a Post 9/11 America Jonathan Brown, Julian Sanchez & John Glaser, moderated by Jack Hunter Young Americans for Liberty ROOM: LAFAYETTE
Science Fiction and Liberty
Most college aged students in American can’t remember a time where America wasn’t entangled in a war in the middle east. Join expert panelists to discuss how it has influenced the millennial generation and their attitude towards war.
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Fighting for the Little Guy: Why Big Gov’t Crushes Mom and Pop
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12:00 PM – 12:45 PM . . Breakout Sessions Amy Sturgis The Institute for Humane Studies
Why should people who believe that ideas have consequences care about fiction, anyway -- and science fiction, in particular? Learn how the genre’s tradition, from historical classics to contemporary hits like The Hunger Games, can offer fresh insights and open new doors for those who are interested in the cause of liberty.
Crisis, Leviathan, and the National Security State
Robert Higgs, The Future of Freedom Foundation | ROOM: WILSON/ROOSEVELT If you have read Crisis and Leviathan, you know that no one knows better than Robert Higgs the ratcheting effect that war and turmoil have in increasing government power. If you want the hardcore version of today’s national security state, this is the session for you.
Dan Alban, The Institute for Justice ROOM: FRANKLIN
Big government bullies abuse civil forfeiture laws to prey on innocent Americans and their businesses. Meanwhile, large corporations and professional organizations frequently lobby for, and benefit from, protectionist regulations, eminent domain abuse, and even censorship of political speech. Learn how the Institute for Justice fights back against these abuses to protect the rights of small businesses and everyday citizens in the areas of private property, economic liberty, and free speech.
Pro-Liberty Activism in Europe
Thomas Laermans, European Students For Liberty | ROOM: LATROBE Europe holds a long tradition of libertarian thought. It also holds one of the oldest pro-liberty student groups in the world. This session is case study of the Classical-Liberal Students Association (LVSV) based in Belgium. We’ll be taking a look at it’s unique history, the principles it stands for, the way it operates today and what the influence of ESFL has been on it’s everyday workings in recent years. 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Ten Ways to Talk about Freedom David Boaz
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1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Imperial Overreach and the National Security State Oliver Stone, Jeremy Scahill & Peter Kuznick Moderated by Shelby Coffey Sponsored by the Future of Freedom Foundation ROOM: INDEPENDENCE BALLROOM
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM . . . Breakout Sessions
The Case Against Education
Bryan Caplan, The Institute for Humane Studies | ROOM: CABIN JOHN/ARLINGTON Government heavily subsidizes all levels of education. Do these subsidies really “build human capital,” as advocates argue? Or do they mostly encourage a wasteful rat race of conspicuous grade-grubbing?
Robert Melvin, The National Rifle Association ROOM: WILSON/ROOSEVELT
NRA U is a one-hour training seminar for students interested in learning more about NRA, the Second Amendment, and the gun
control debate. NRA-ILA staff will provide you with the tools you’ll need to become a more effective activist in the fight to protect our freedom, both on- and off-campus. Attendees will receive a complimentary one year NRA membership and free NRA University promotional items.
Myths about Ayn Rand and Objectivism Will Thomas, The Atlas Society ROOM: FARRAGUT SQUARE
Is Objectivism cold and heartless? Was Ayn Rand for the rich and against the poor? Is Objectivism elitist? Common myths about Ayn Rand’s thought are discussed and debunked.
Likes, Views, and Shares: How New Media is Effecting Policy and Philosophy
Katie Harbath, Remy & Benny Johnson, moderated by Julie Borowski Young Americans for Liberty ROOM: LAFAYETTE
Everyone and their mom is on the internet now - the question is how can we use this technology for more than Facebook arguments and cat videos? We will explore how viral content is created and how you can utilize the internet to effectively get your message out. Also, the experts will decide once and for all if it’s said “GIF” or “JIF”.
The Delicate Art of Civil Association in the Zombie Apocalypse: Why Tocqueville Would Have Loved the Walking Dead
Dan D’Amico, The Foundation for Economic Education | ROOM: FRANKLIN This presentation is an exercise in comparative institutional analysis. What facets of The Walking Dead seem accurate and realistic given the broader research findings of institutional economics, development economics and behavioral economics? Season 3 is especially highlighted in comparison to the intellectual history surrounding De Tocqueville voyage to America, investigation in the penitentiary system and eventual drafting of Democracy in America.
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Libertarianism as Liberation
Dannelly Rodriguez, Barbara Sostaita, Taweh Beysolow II, Belal Behader, Jayel Aheram & Asdrubal Vargas Students For Liberty | LATROBE This panel will discuss diverse perspectives for positioning libertarianism to nontraditional libertarian audiences. The perspectives covered will include women, African-Americans, Latinos, the LGBTQ community, and Arab-Americans.
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2:00 PM – 2:45 PM . . Breakout Sessions
How Can Markets Benefit the Environment? Lynne Kiesling The Institute for Humane Studies
ROOM: CABIN JOHN/ARLINGTON
Economic well-being need not conflict with environmental quality, and aligning economic and environmental benefit does not require government regulation. We will explore how property rights, common-law rules, and enabling bottomup community governance can align economic and environmental benefit, and what the limits are to market-based environmentalism.
The Role of Entrepreneurship in Shaping a Free Society
Jeffrey Tucker, Marianne Copenhaver & Trey Stinnett, Individuals For Capitalism ROOM: WILSON/ROOSEVELT
Individuals for Capitalism embodies both entrepreneurship and liberty. Our panel of successful entrepreneurs and libertarians will describe not only how the two fit together but how they are necessary to each other. If you’re tired of just hearing ideas without learning how to apply them, IFCapitalism will help you learn how to put those ideas into action. The panel will discuss how the private sector solves
problems better than the government, and ways for you to be entrepreneurial and create your own alternatives.
The Battle of Ideas: Think Tanks and the Liberty Movement Around the World Brad Lips, The Atlas Network ROOM: FARRAGUT SQUARE
You believe in the ideas of liberty -- but how are you going to affect change? Political campaigns are exciting, but too often, they consume time and money and leave nothing to show for it. That’s why the Atlas Network works, over the long term, to create and nurture independent think tanks that will move public policy debate in the direction of liberty. Learn about the impact of Atlas partners in the U.S. and 84 other countries worldwide.
How Campaign Finance ‘Reform’ Threatens Our Liberty
Brad Smith, The Center for Competitive Politics ROOM: LAFAYETTE
The IRS Scandal. Dark Money. Disclosure. Shadowy Groups. The media throws around these terms a lot, but what do they actually mean? Join Bradley A. Smith, former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission and author of “Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform,” as he discusses how euphemistically-named “good government” groups are aggressively pushing regulatory and legislative measures designed to stifle political speech, and make it harder for you to exercise your free speech rights. Learn what you can do to recognize and fight these efforts because your First Amendment rights – and your liberty – are at stake.
3:00pm – 3:45pm . . Breakout Sessions
Rise of the Surveillance State (and How to Fight It)
Markets in Human Organs
ROOM: CABIN JOHN/ARLINGTON
The continuing stream of news stories based on Edward Snowden’s leaks have made Americans acutely aware of government’s vast and invasive surveillance powers. This session will examine in detail what we’ve learned about the NSA’s spying programs, the dangers they pose to constitutional liberty—and what political and technological measures Americans can take to resist the burgeoning Big Brother.
There’s currently a massive shortage of human organs available for transplant, in part because of the current ban on markets in them. This ban should be lifted—and this talk will show why!
Beyond Tabling: Dynamic Activism Ideas for Student Leaders
Jameel Jaffer brings his experience of litigating against the U.S. government for the American Civil Liberties Union to bear on the National Security Agency. Is the NSA out of control? Jameel Jaffer well tell you. (The answer is yes.)
Julian Sanchez with Amie Stepanovich, Cato Institute
Students For Liberty | ROOM: LATROBE Do you want to increase your group’s presence and influence on campus? Have you tabled but can’t seem to break-through to the student body? This interactive session will feature some of the top US pro-liberty leaders discussing unique campus activism ideas. Go beyond tabling and present liberty to students like they have seen before.
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Second Wave Libertarianism Alexander McCobin
ROOM: INDEPENDENCE BALLROOM
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM The Progress of School Choice and Its Importance to You Robert Enlow Sponsored by the Friedman Foundation
ROOM: INDEPENDENCE BALLROOM
James Stacey Taylor The Institute for Humane Studies
Is the National Security Agency Out of Control? Jameel Jaffer The Future of Freedom Foundation ROOM: WILSON/ROOSEVELT
Ten Tips For Success Working in Liberty Matt Warner, The Atlas Network ROOM: FARRAGUT SQUARE
Once you’re in the door, how do you separate yourself from the pack to get ahead? Come hear the Atlas Network’s Vice President of Programs and Institute Relations offer proven tips and strategies for turning a passion for liberty into a successful career.
Ayn Rand vs. Jesus
Dr. Anne Bradley, David Kotter, Mark Henderson & Dr. Jay Richards The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics ROOM: LAFAYETTE
Ayn Rand is remembered as a great American novelist, philosopher, and developer of objectivism, but she is also known for her strong atheistic convictions. She despised Christianity, exalted selfishness, condemned altruism, and called God “coercive.” How then should free market Christians think about Ayn Rand and objectivism? Is there any common ground? Join the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics for a discussion on Ayn Rand through a biblical lens.
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Can Government Spending Be Cut?
Chris Edwards & Ben Friedman Cato Institute | ROOM: FRANKLIN Cutting spending has become a popular bipartisan talking point in the U.S. Congress, yet those very same politicians continue to grow expenditures and raise the debt ceiling. Why does this happen? What should be cut first? The panelists will discuss how defense and nondefense programs should be restructured to reduce the burden of government.
How to be Free in an Unfree World
T.K. Coleman, Praxis | ROOM: LATROBE You live in an unfree world. You want to make it better, but do you have to wait and hope, or can you be free even now? We’ll discuss the existential and entrepreneurial approaches to being free, and how you can find freedom for yourself and help create it for others, regardless of what happens in the political realm.
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff Matt Kibbe Sponsored by FreedomWorks
Libertarianism vs. the Empire John Glaser & Scott Horton The Future of Freedom Foundation ROOM: WILSON/ROOSEVELT
Long-time collaborators at Antiwar. com John Glaser and Scott Horton together at last! John will be discussing the importance of foreign policy to the libertarian movement and Scott will be covering how post-Cold War US foreign policy is aimed at global hegemony.
The Second Amendment as Defense Against Tyranny Dr. Stephen P. Halbrook The Independent Institute
ROOM: FARRAGUT SQUARE
The right to bear arms was designed by the Founders as a safeguard against oppressive government. The experience of Nazi Germany exemplified the use of gun control laws to disarm and persecute disfavored groups and consolidate dictatorship.
Creative Destruction: Using Technology to Free the Future Generation Opportunity
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4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Liberty in the House
Millennials are fighting to protect innovation and creating technologies that challenge the status quo. Learn about the newest digital tools and social media to address the social and political problems of today.
ROOM: INDEPENDENCE BALLROOM
LIVE Libertarianism.org Podcast: The Philosophy of Free Immigration
Justin Amash & Thomas Massie Moderated by Jeff Frazee Sponsored by Young Americans For Liberty
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM . . Breakout Sessions The Problem of Native America Amy Sturgis The Institute for Humane Studies ROOM: CABIN JOHN/ARLINGTON
Collectivism doesn’t work. State agencies naturally pursue their own survival and power. Property rights are necessary for a free and vibrant society. These are the lessons long ignored by the U.S. government and its failed policy toward Native America.
Alex Nowrasteh & guests Cato Institute ROOM: FRANKLIN
Immigration is one of the biggest policy issues of our time, and Millennials are well positioned to play a leading role in reform. This panel will host a live podcast recording on the topic, including an extended Q&A session with the audience.
Building the Student Movement for Liberty in Asia
Kiran Reddy, Deeksha Gehlot & Abhinav Singh, moderated by Yavnika Khanna Students For Liberty | ROOM: LATROBE Panel members will discuss the challenges and latest achievements of student activism for liberty in India and across Asia. Students will share inspiring personal stories and lessons of success in their endeavor to build a student movement for liberty on their continent.
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Individualism
David Kelley Sponsored by The Atlas Society ROOM: INDEPENDENCE BALLROOM
5:00 PM – 5:45 PM . . Breakout Sessions Anarchism and Defense: The Hard Problem David Friedman The Institute for Humane Studies
ROOM: CABIN JOHN/ARLINGTON
National defense is what economists call a public good—the provider cannot control who gets it, which makes it hard to charge for it on a voluntary basis. It is arguably the only public good whose failure would be catastrophic; there is no point to abolishing your government if the result is that someone else imposes his government on you. There are, however, a variety of imperfect solutions to the public good problem, some of which might work well enough to permit a society without government to do an adequate job of defending itself.
The Libertarian Angle Live with Special Guest Robert Higgs Robert Higgs, Sheldon Richmond & Jacob Hornberger The Future of Freedom Foundation ROOM: WILSON/ROOSEVELT
FFF president Jacob Hornberger and FFF vice president Sheldon Richman take their weekly show “The Libertarian Angle” live to the stage. With special guest Robert Higgs, Jacob and Sheldon discuss empire, intervention, and the war on terrorism in a spontaneous and interactive format. Attendee interaction encouraged!
Winning Arguments with Your Liberal Friends about Living Standards, Income Inequality, and Middle Class Stagnation Don Boudreaux The Fund for American Studies ROOM: FARRAGUT SQUARE
Don Boudreaux takes on the likes of Paul Krugman and other misguided leftists on a nearly daily basis. Whether the target is a bloviating politician or a misguided fellow economist, Professor Boudreaux is skilled at shooting down myths, slaying clichés, and challenging the abuse of data. In this session, Professor Boudreaux will offer the most powerful arguments to use when making the case for how capitalism raises living standards and improves the lives of people in all incomes groups.
Cocktail Reception hosted by Generation Opportunity Generation Opportunity ROOM: LAFAYETTE
Following our session on Creative Destruction, join us to learn how to apply your passion and skills to drive the liberty movement. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.
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How Government Robs the Young to Pay the Old
Mike Tanner & Michael Cannon Cato Institute | ROOM: FRANKLIN Young people today face trillions of dollars in national debt, and they are on the hook for tens of trillions more in future obligations. How is it possible to already owe so much? This panel explores the political apparatus that enables the unsustainable transfer of entitlement costs from one generation to the next, and what can be done about it.
The Role of the “Cheetah Generation” in Advancing Liberty in Africa Ajibola Adigun, Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, Odunola Oladejo, & Japheth Omojuwa, moderated by Olumayowa Okediran Students For Liberty
Campus Revolutionaries: SFL’s Campus Coordinator Program
The Students For Liberty Leadership Team Students For Liberty ROOM: LATROBE
SFL Campus Coordinators (CCs) are on the front lines in the battle for liberty. CCs organize exciting events, start new pro-liberty student groups, and mentor student leaders. Join SFL’s Leadership department as they explain more about the CC program and how to strengthen your application.
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM No Liberty, No Art: No Art, No Liberty
Sarah Skwire & James Padilioni Jr. ROOM: INDEPENDENCE BALLROOM
The student movement for liberty in Africa has seen a lot of growth over the past few years, Students For Liberty Charter Team members who are behind several efforts to champion the cause of liberty in Africa will be speaking about their efforts in promoting the liberating ideas of libertarianism in Africa. 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dinner Break 6:45 PM – 7:00 PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andrew Heaton Comedy Performance ROOM: INDEPENDENCE BALLROOM
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The 2014 ISFLC Awards Presented by Sloane Frost & Noelle Mandell ROOM: INDEPENDENCE BALLROOM
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Advancing the Cause of Liberty George Ayittey, Alumnus of the Year 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Radar vs. Wolf Concert ROOM: INDEPENDENCE BALLROOM
9:30 PM – 12:00 AM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Social Events
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9:30am-10:00am . . . . . . Coffee Service 10:00am-11:00sm . . . . . Bitcoin, Grey Markets, and Alternative Governance:
The Future of Economic Secession
Tom W. Bell, Chris Coyne, and Jerry Brito, Moderated by Jeffrey Tucker Sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies ROOM: INDEPENDENCE BALLROOM
11:15am-11:45am . . . . . Heedless, then Stealthy, then Brazen: How the
Government Defeated the Fourth Amendment Radley Balko | ROOM: INDEPENDENCE BALLROOM
11:45am – 12:15pm. . . . Millennials vs Gen X: My Generation is Better Than
Sponsored by Women For Liberty ROOM: INDEPENDENCE BALLROOM
12:30pm – 1:30pm . . . . Closing Keynote Ethan Nadelmann, Sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance ROOM: INDEPENDENCE BALLROOM
1:30pm – 2:00pm . . . . . Closing Remarks NOTE: Each session above is organized by the sponsoring organization listed. The ideas presented in each session are not necessarily those held by other organizations at the ISFLC or Students For Liberty. In the spirit of open discourse and learning we hope that participants will benefit from the variety of viewpoints presented at this conference.
Economics with AttitudE “The best students in our program find our ‘economics with attitude’ contagious, and go on to stellar careers in research, teaching, and public policy.” —Professor Peter Boettke Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center
Ever play a game where players could change the rules midgame? Did the rules ever benefit anyone except the rulemakers? When Congress passes campaign finance laws, it changes the game and threatens your free speech rights.
We fight that.
Mercatus Graduate Student Fellowships provide financial assistance, research experience, and hands-on training for graduate students in the social sciences.
Learn more and apply at grad.mercatus.org.
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tudents For Liberty would like to thank all of our sponsors and exhibitors who have made this conference possible. We encourage all attendees to visit their booths and websites to learn more about the opportunities and resources they have available for pro-liberty students and alumni.
Cato Institute Future of Freedom Foundation Institute for Humane Studies The Atlas Society Young Americans for Liberty
Atlas Network FreedomWorks The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
Drug Policy Alliance Foundation for Economic Education Generation Opportunity Independent Institute Institute for Faith, Work & Economics
Americaâ€™s Future Foundation Center for Competitive Politics Charles Koch Institute Compassion and Choices| Free To Choose Individuals for Capitalism Institute for Justice Jobhive Justice Fellowship Libertarian Party Liberty Fund Liberty.me Mercatus Graduate Student Programs NRA University Praxis Property and Environmental Research Center R Street Institute Tax Foundation The Fund for American Studies Universidad Francisco Marroquin Under the Staircase Books
Agora.la American Energy Alliance Antiwar.com Austrian Economics Center Benjamin Rush Institute F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Five Hour Energy Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Free State Project GenFKD: Young America George Mason University College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Economics Institute for Liberal Studies Libertia Society Liberty on the Rocks Liberty Seeds Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University Marijuana Policy Project Mastercoin Moorfield Storey Institute National Taxpayers Union Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute State Policy Network Students for Sensible Drug Policy Turning Point USA
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www.tifwe.org /FaithWorkEcon @FaithWorkEcon
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Oliver Stone is an Academy Award winning film director whose work includes Midnight Express, Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, and Wall Street. Among his most recent work is the documentary miniseries that premiered on Showtime, “Untold History of the United States,” which is accompanied by a 750-page book of the same name. Peter Kuznick is a professor of history and director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University and the co-author, with Oliver Stone, of the 10-part Showtime miniseries “The Untold History of the United States” and the accompanying New York Times best-selling book of the same name. Jeremy Scahill is the national security correspondent for The Nation magazine and author of the international bestseller Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, which won the George Polk Book Award. His newest book is Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield.
Saturday, February 15, 2014 Grand Hyatt - Washington, D.C.
F F F ’S C ONF E R E NC E W I T HI N A C ONF E R E NC E 10:00 am–10:45 am:
Jonathan Turley — “America at the Crossroads of Civil Liberties in the 21st Century”
11:00 am–11:45 am:
Stephen Kinzer — “The Dulles Brothers and America’s Century of Regime Change”
12:00 pm–12:45 pm:
Robert Higgs — “Crisis, Leviathan, and the National Security State”
1:00 pm–2:30 pm: Main Ballroom
Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick, and Jeremy Scahill “Imperial Overreach and the National Security State,” moderated by Shelby Coffey
3:00 pm–3:45 pm:
Jameel Jaffer — “Is the National Security Agency Out of Control?”
4:00 pm–4:45 pm:
John Glaser and Scott Horton — “Libertarianism vs. the Empire”
5:00 pm–5:45 pm:
Sheldon Richman, and Jacob Hornberger
“The Libertarian Angle Live with Special Guest Robert Higgs”
Join us for what promises to be one of the greatest programs in the history of
Shelby Coffey is vice chairman of the Newseum. Coffey was executive vice president at ABC News in New York before he joined CNN in 1999, where he was news chief at CNNfn. Jonathan Turley holds the Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law at The George Washington University Law School, where he teachers constitutional law, criminal procedure, and torts. Stephen Kinzer is a veteran New York Times correspondent who reported from more than 50 countries on five continents. Jameel Jaffer is a human-rights and civil-liberties attorney who serves as deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union and the director of ACLU’s Center for Democracy, which houses the organization’s National Security Project, Human Rights Program, and Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. Scott Horton is the longtime host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles and KUCR 88.3 in Riverside, and the Scott Horton Show on Liberty Express Radio. John Glaser is an independent writer and editor living in Washington, D.C. He was formerly editor at Antiwar.com, the Internet’s leading voice for a noninterventionist foreign policy.
the libertarian movement on the critical importance of civil liberties and the
Robert Higgs is senior fellow in political economy for the Independent Institute. He received his Ph.D. in economics from John Hopkins University and is the author of Crisis and Leviathan, Delusions of Power, and Depression, War, and Cold War.
A “conference within a conference” at the 2014 ISFLC, “Civil Liberties and the National Security State” boasts some of the leading figures in this field. It will
Jacob Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was a practicing lawyer in Texas for 12 years and an adjunct professor of law and economics at the University of Dallas.
CIA, military-industrial complex, NSA, foreign policy, civil liberties, and the war
Sheldon Richman is the vice president of The Future of Freedom Foundation and the editor of the FFF’s monthly journal, Future of Freedom.
C OM E B Y O U R B O O T H F OR MOR E I N F OR M AT ION A N D SPE AK E R S ’ B O OK S
VI SI T U S AT: W W W.FFF.ORG
dangers to freedom posed by the national security state.
feature seven presentations that will focus on the warfare state, military empire, on terrorism.
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Educational Programs in Washington, D.C. and Abroad!
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Technology has changed a lot since 1986... Our digital privacy laws haven’t.
You will never be sent for coffee.
Internship Programs in Washington, D.C.
The government needs a warrant to read your mail. Shouldn’t they need one to read your email, too?
Coursework in Free-market Economic Education at George Mason University Study Abroad Programs in Prague, Hong Kong and Santiago
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Join the Student Movement for Liberty:
BECOME AN SFL CAMPUS COORDINATOR
Join the conversation ON
EDUCATIONAL LIBERTY at edchoice.org/Blog
SFL Campus Coordinators (CCs) are at the front lines of the student movement for liberty. Throughout the year, CCs build new student groups, host events, and mentor other students. SFL leaders develop skills in community organizing, project and volunteer management, networking, and communication.
Improved education is offering a hope of narrowing the gap between the less and more skilled workers, of fending off the prior prospect of a society divided between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots,’ of a class society in which an educated elite provided welfare for a permanent class of unemployables. We have so far only seen the early fruits from the introduction of vouchers, from giving parents a choice. The best is yet to come as competition and the market work their wonders.
Benefits of the program include:
– Milton Friedman
· Summer Training Program · All-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC for Campus Coordinator Retreat · $500 stipend to support liberty in your region · Largest network of pro-liberty student leaders world-wide Application Deadline: Friday, May 2nd, 2014 Visit studentsforliberty.org/cc for full details
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YOU’VE YOU’VE SOLD SOLD YOUR YOUR LAST LAST TEXTBOOK TEXTBOOK
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BUT BUT YOU’RE YOU’RE NOT NOT DONE DONE YET YET
The Secret Under the Staircase The first book in the Under the Staircase™ series—teaching kids treasured values and economic principles.
Come visit us in the Exhibit Hall or explore at underthestaircase.com
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Who is John G alt? THE TLAS SUMMIT JUNE 19 TH -22 ND
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YOUR LIFE IS YOURS
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Atlas Summit is the premier conference of the Open Objectivist movement. Explore the values Ayn Rand promoted. Learn the insights of Objectivist philosophy.
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YOUR MIND IS YOURS
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Professor of philosophy and co-editor of Reason Papers
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If you want to L I V E a happy L I F E , you need to think about the moral code that will help you live it. Only you can do that T
H I N K I N G.
A benevolent community committed to liberty and open inquiry can help. The Atlas Society invites you to ask us your questions about open Objectivism—
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Author, philosopher, and Founder of The Atlas Society
Co-Founder and President of Students for Liberty
Come to our table or our website. Email us. We’re open Objectivists.
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