Incoming Cal students, Berkeley residents, and anyone else who happened to have stumbled upon this site, welcome!

Cal Students for Liberty is a non-partisan political student organization at UC Berkeley dedicated to promoting the ideas of limited government, free markets, sound money, non-intervention, and maximum individual liberty to campus and the surrounding community. We spread our message through weekly internal club meetings, external debates with other student organizations, speaker events, rallies, and tabling on Sproul Plaza.

We encourage you to browse our site! Look through last semester’s meetings, experience some of our legendary speaker events through video, and tell us about any ideas you might have! Check back here or on Facebook and Twitter for updates about upcoming meetings and events.

This week’s meeting: bitcoin

This week we’re talking about the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. 

Bitcoin has been in the news a lot lately, with the price of a single Bitcoin climbing from $30 to $260 in about a month, then falling to its current price at around $120. We’ll discuss the economics of Bitcoin – is it a viable alternative currency, a financial instrument, or something else? 

If you don’t know what Bitcoin is, take a second to learn the basics. This is a good place to start: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Introduction

The meeting is at 8 pm in 81 Evans. Remember to RSVP on Facebook here!

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Tomorrow’s Speaker Event: Dr Nigel Ashford Speaks About Changing the World for Liberty

Changing the World for LibertyCalSFL invites everyone interested in the ideas of liberty to our second speaker event of the semester. Dr Nigel Ashford of the IHS will be speaking about: “Changing the World for Liberty: Ideas Versus Interests.”

Dr Ashford is senior program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies. He has lectured in 16 countries and is the author of Principles for a Free Society. He is well known for his talks about the different strains of libertarian thought, from the Chicago school to anarcho-capitalism.

Anyone interested in promoting liberty in their lifetimes should definitely come to this event. As usual, the event will be followed by a social!

Time: 7 pm; Tuesday 9 April, 2013

Location: 24 Wheeler Haller

RSVP to the Facebook event here!

Upcoming events

Clear your schedules for the next few weeks because we’ve planned a legendary series of events. Look forward to: Dr Nigel Ashford speaking about changing the world for liberty, John Nantz explaining how we can prove our Obama friends wrong, and a grand debate between campus libertarians, republicans, and democrats!

Tonight’s Meeting: Government and Science

This week we will discuss the intersection of government and science. To what degree, if any, should the government fund science research? What kind of research should be the focus of this funding?

As usual, the meeting will be followed by a social. Please note that the meeting will be starting at 8, not 7, and will take place in 55 Evans Hall. Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook

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Anthony Gregory Speaker Event: How the Militarization of the Police Is Making Us Less Free

policeCalSFL is proud to announce our first speaker event of the spring 2013 semester! Anthony Gregory, alum of UC Berkeley and Research Fellow at The Independent Institute, will be speaking about how the militarization of the police is detrimental to our liberty.

Anthony spoke at the NorCal SFL Conference and the International SFL Conference, and has written hundreds of articles spreading the message of liberty.

This event will be a great one, and as usual it will be followed by one of CalSFL’s legendary socials, so don’t miss out!

Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook!

For those of you without a Facebook account, the event will be on Wednesday 27 February at 7 pm in 87 Evans Hall.

Rescheduled: Slavery and the Civil War

Civil War soldiersWith the scheduling issues finally resolved, this week we’ll be discussing the long overdue topic of slavery and the Civil War. Was the war justified? Were the overall effects positive or negative? Was Lincoln a good guy or a war criminal?

Please note that our usual location has changed! The meeting this week will be held at 7 Evans Hall. As usual, the meeting will be followed by a social.

 

First Meeting of the Semester

GunsWelcome back to Cal Students for Liberty!

Our first meeting of the year will be held Wednesday in 258 Dwinelle at 7PM. In light of recent events, we will be discussing gun control and gun rights. Should “assault weapons” be more strictly controlled to prevent another tragedy, or should Americans retain the right to bear arms in order to protect themselves?

After the meeting there will be a social. This one will be wet, so bring a towel and swimming suit.

Also, don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook!