Category Archives: Events

Students For Liberty Announces Its 2011 Northern California Regional Conference… IN BERKELEY!

The following is an email announcement sent to the club’s announcement listserv on Wednesday, August 3rd:

Hey SFLers,

Today, the national organization Students For Liberty announced their lineup of fall regional conferences, one of which will be held at our very own University of California, Berkeley! That’s right: the premier international libertarian student group is bringing another one of their famed free conferences featuring hundreds of students, dozens of respected speakers, and several notable exhibitors to our very own campus! You will not want to miss this event… I know because I’m organizing it! haha.

Check out this description from the official webpage of the conference for more information and details on how to register:

The War on Drugs Rally Photo Gallery

Last Wednesday, our club teamed up with Students for Sensible Drug Policy to put on our second annual 4/20 rally and brownie sale. This year’s rally was a roaring success, with our brownies selling out within an hour and keynote speaker Dennis Peron ending the event on an optimistic note. We should hopefully have some videos of various speeches from the rally uploaded on our website within the next few weeks. In the meantime, you can check out our Flickr photo gallery of the event. Here are some teasers:

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The War on Drugs Rally TOMORROW!

The following is an email update sent to the club’s announcement listserv on Tuesday, April 19th:

Come join Students for Liberty and Students for Sensible Drug Policy at our second annual 4/20 rally TOMORROW– Wednesday, April 20th– from 12-1 PM at the MARIO SAVIO STEPS of SPROUL PLAZA! This year’s event is themed “The War On Drugs” and will feature speeches from students and activists about the status of drug prohibition on a broader scale than simply marijuana. The event will be interactive, with several booths with free and cheap goodies including brownies! And, fear not, the only thing special about these brownies is their chocolaty goodness:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=176416482410954

The keynote speaker of the really will be Denis Peron, the marijuana and LGBT activist who opened the first legal dispensary in the United States and co-authored California Proposition 215, which legalized medicinal marijuana in the state. Mr. Peron was also a close friend of famed San Francisco politician Harvey Milk in the 1970s: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Peron

All club members are encouraged to arrive at the Savio Steps at 11 AM to help set up.

See You Tomorrow,
Casey Given
President
calsfl@gmail.com

Great Debate Against Berkeley College Republicans TOMORROW!

The following is an email update sent to the club’s announcement listserv on Monday, April 11th:

Hey SFLers,

This is a friendly reminder that our club will be participating in the Undergraduate Political Science Association’s Great Debate series TOMORROW, Tuesday April 12th, at 7 PM in 245 DWINELLE HALL. We will be facing off against Berkeley College Republicans on the topic of American foreign policy in the recent uprisings in the Middle East. Be sure to come wearing your Students For Liberty shirt and cheer our team of debaters consisting of Jim Allen and myself. Check out the official description and Facebook Event for the debate:

What is the United States’ role in the turmoil that is rolling through many countries in the Middle East and North Africa? From Tunisia, to Egypt, to Bahrain, to Libya, the US has taken decidedly different stances in the popular uprisings taking place in these countries. What, if any, role should the US play in these tumultuous times?

Come find out what Students for Liberty (SFL) and the Berkeley College Republicans (BCR) have to say on the subject of current US foreign policy, diplomacy, and intervention in the Middle East and North Africa.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=116108385136396

Hope to see you tomorrow!
Cheers to Liberty,
Casey Given
President
calsfl@gmail.com

Great Debate Against Berkeley College Republicans TOMORROW!

The following is an email update sent to the club’s announcement listserv on Monday, April 11th:

Hey SFLers,

This is a friendly reminder that our club will be participating in the Undergraduate Political Science Association’s Great Debate series TOMORROW, Tuesday April 12th, at 7 PM in 245 DWINELLE HALL. We will be facing off against Berkeley College Republicans on the topic of American foreign policy in the recent uprisings in the Middle East. Be sure to come wearing your Students For Liberty shirt and cheer our team of debaters consisting of Jim Allen and myself. Check out the official description and Facebook Event for the debate:

What is the United States’ role in the turmoil that is rolling through many countries in the Middle East and North Africa? From Tunisia, to Egypt, to Bahrain, to Libya, the US has taken decidedly different stances in the popular uprisings taking place in these countries. What, if any, role should the US play in these tumultuous times?

Come find out what Students for Liberty (SFL) and the Berkeley College Republicans (BCR) have to say on the subject of current US foreign policy, diplomacy, and intervention in the Middle East and North Africa.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=116108385136396

Hope to see you tomorrow!
Cheers to Liberty,
Casey Given
President
calsfl@gmail.com

Starchild Speaker Event TONIGHT

The following is an email update sent to the club’s announcement listserv on Tuesday, April 6th:

Hey SFLers,

Our club’s third guest lecture of the semester will take place TOMORROW, Wednesday, April 6th, at 7 PM in 209 DWINELLE HALL. The political activist and sex worker Starchild will give a talk entitled, “Why & How to Stop Hurting* Other Animals Without Hating Our Own.” (* Or at least minimize harm).

Virtually no one likes to see puppies or kittens tortured and killed, but beyond a narrow range of compassion-inducing cases, we often close our eyes to the plights of non-humans. How concerned should we be about the conditions in which members of other species live? Should they be considered to have rights, and if so, what legal protections should they have? Are there dangers inherent in a worldview that values other creatures for their own sake, and how far is going too far? Libertarian activist, sex worker, and self-described radical Starchild will discuss these and related ideas and their implications for the libertarian movement. All are welcome to attend regardless of political views or student status:http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=162877420435551&ref=ts

The event will begin at our regular meeting place in 209 Dwinelle Hall. From there, we will parade off of campus and relocate to the backyard of 2519 College Avenue. Attendants are encouraged to bring drums, musical instruments, and pro-liberty signs for the parade. Also, we ask that you bring a candle to the event if you can, as the lecture will be delivered by candlelight. After the event, there will be a casual social event of some kind. In short, it’s going to be a memorable evening, so we hope to see you there!

Until Tomorrow,
Casey Given
President
calsfl@gmail.com

Marty Nemko Speaker Event TOMORROW!

The following is an email update sent to the club’s announcement listserve on Tuesday, March 8th:

Hey SFLers,

Our club’s second guest lecture of this semester will be TOMORROW– Wednesday March 9– at 7 PM in 209 DWINELLE HALL. Marty Nemko will give a talk entitled “America’s Most Overrated Product: Higher Education.” Dr. Nemko, who holds a Ph.D.from Berkeley specializing in the evaluation of education and subsequently taught in Berkeley’s graduate school, believes that higher education, especially at prestigious universities–provides bad value for the time and money, in learning growth, personal growth, and in employment. He will discuss how higher education should be reinvented so it lives up to the deceptive promises in colleges’ promotional materials and more importantly, lives up to the unquestioned cliché that American higher education is a national treasure. He will also offer practical advice on how to make the most of Berkeley, plus career and entrepreneurial ideas for reinventing higher education. Check out the Facebook Event of the talk for more information: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=193920570618887

BEFORE THE MEETING, several club members will be dining with Dr. Nemko at 6 PM at NAAN ‘N CURRY. If you would like the chance to personally meet our guest lecturer while enjoying some delicious Indian food, then feel free to come along! However, we do ask that attendants donate $1 to help cover the cost of his meal. AFTER THE MEETING, in line with our new tradition. there will be a casual club social at an off-campus location. As you can tell, it’s going to be a fun evening!

See You Tomorrow,
Casey Given
President
calsfl@gmail.com

Lecture TOMORROW: “The Costs of War”

The following is an email update sent to the club’s announcement listserve on Tuesday, February 8th:

Hey SFLers,

Our club’s first guest lecture of this semester will be TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH at 7 PM in 209 DWINELLE HALL. Professor David R. Henderson will
give a talk entitled “The Costs of War” about the tremendous pricetag of America’s current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from both the standpoints of economics and public policy. Check out the Facebook Event of the talk for more information:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=193920570618887

BEFORE THE MEETING, several club members will be dining with Professor Henderson at 6 PM at NAAN ‘N CURRY. If you would like the chance to personally meet the Professor while enjoying some delicious Indian food, then feel free to come along! However, we do ask that attendants donate $1 to help cover the cost of his meal. AFTER THE MEETING, in line with our new tradition. there will be a casual club social at an off-campus location. As you can tell, it’s going to be a fun evening!

Hope to see you tomorrow,
Casey Given
President


Walter Block Lecture Now Online!

Continuing with our club’s video series, our recording of Dr. Walter Block’s speaker event from last Friday is now online! Dr. Block gave a provocative lecture to our club entitled “Topics of Advanced Libertarianism: Roads, Immigration, Environment, Military,” in which the economist systematically analyzed how each issue could be handled by the private sector. I hope you give ‘em a watch, be sure to comment, and enjoy!

Coming up next in our video series: Justin Raimondo gives a talk entitled “Why Has the Left Sold Out on the Antiwar Movement?”

SFL Northern Cal. Regional Conference

For those of you who missed it, yesterday was Students for Liberty’s first annual Northern California Regional Conference. Casey and other campus coordinators did a great job putting on the event. The speakers included Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, an economic historian at SJSU, Patri Friedman, director of The Seasteading Institute, and David Boaz, Executive Vice President of the Cato Institute, among others. The previous day, we hosted Professor Walter Block, a prominent anarchist from Loyola University in New Orleans, who gave a talk on Topics in Advanced Libertarianism.

There were many highlights throughout this “weekend of liberty,” but my favorite moment came when Professor Block asked Friedman a question regarding the oft-cited “Axiom of Non-Aggression” (alternatively called the axiom of non-coercion, the principle of non-aggression, the principle of non-coercion, the harm principle, or occasionally just “the axiom”).

I didn’t start recording the exchange until Patri had given much of his response, but this video contains some of the back and forth between the two men, who are representing the two dominant strands of anarcho-libertarian thought. Friedman comes from a long family line of utilitarian thought. His grandfather, Milton, held that economics was a positive science because of its usefulness in making predictions about the real world. His father, David, argues for anarchism on the grounds that it yields the best overall consequences for society. Block, on the other hand, comes from the Rothbardian tradition of natural rights. To Rothbard and other Austrians, the claims of economics are apodictically true, and not subject empirical refutation.

Notice how Friedman refers to the “principle” of non-aggression, while Block refers to it as an “axiom.” The definitions of these words are virtually the same, but an axiom seems to imply a greater force than a principle. However, I might just be reading to much into the exchange. After listening to Professor Block’s wonderful lecture on Friday night, I’m not sure if the difference between the positions is as strong as many believe it to be. I find there to be an elegant convergence between natural rights and consequentialist justifications for libertarianism

Either way, I hope that all libertarians can agree that Seasteading is an excellent way to undermine the perceived and thus the actual authority, legitimacy, and efficiency of the state. I hope that Students for Liberty continues to host such high-quality speakers in the future.