So, I’ve wanted to record the experiences of those involved in the International Students for Liberty Conference. This is in an attempt to unify the disparate libertarian groups from around the country that attended that conference. A few people have responded thus far and they all have important perspectives to add.
The first account I want to relate is from Stacy Litz from the Student Liberty Front (hence forth known as The Greatest Club in the World) from Drexel University. I met her only briefly, but she left a fairly distinct impression (and a fairly wicked awesome business card) with me. As a co-leader of The Greatest Club in the World, she is an important leader in the growing youth-oriented libertarian field. She wrote this on her blog and has given me permission to reprint it here.
Please do enjoy.
WOW. The past two weekends have been very busy, and it’s now time to settle down (for a second or two) and relax.
At the ISFLC, SLF brought home the award for GROUP OF THE YEAR! This was amazing — all that hard work finally earned us some serious recognition! And some major competition for next year!
The ISFLC was well worth the countless hours spent planning to get 17 or so members out there, with great opportunities for education, networking, finding internships/scholarships, and more.
Students For Liberty’s (SFL) co-founder and President, Alexander McCobin, sparked what has become a controversy this weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference when he thanked the event’s organizers for allowing conservative gay-rights group GOProud to co-sponsor the conference.“I would like to thank the American Conservative Union for inviting me to speak,” said McCobin. “This panel is titled, ‘Saving Freedom Across America.’ And so, in the name of freedom, I would like to also thank the American Conservative Union for welcoming GOProud as a co-sponsor of this event. […] The typical student’s response is to be socially tolerant and fiscally responsible. Students today recognize that freedom does not come in pieces. It is a single concept that we must defend at all times.”
While there were some initial boos, McCobin’s statements were greeted with widespread applause from the audience. The real controversy began soon afterward when another panelist, Ryan Sorba, rose to condemn CPAC for its open-mindedness toward GOProud and to attack homosexuals, which led to him being resoundingly booed off stage before completing his remarks. Full videos of the two speeches, including views of the audience’s reaction, can be found at www.StudentsForLiberty.org.
I would definitely check out those videos. While CPAC was full of true liberty lovers, there were definitely many opponents who made their views well known. All that I can say is that I hope our presence at the conference converted some into believing in true, principled liberty.