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Returning members may remember Dr. Lark’s outstanding Liberty Lecture last year on a variety of subjects. He has offered to do it again this year on Sept. 21, as well as providing communications to other prominent libertarians! I am checking with Dr. Barnes and Mr. Morton to see if this is alright, but doubt there will be any problems. He will offer a list of topic to choose from, which I’ll post here soon.

Here’s to another fun and free year at MLWGS Students for Liberty!

Cole P.

May 25 Meeting Summary

A lot occurred during our meeting today. By a 4 to 2 margin, The Castle was selected to be our Movie Night 2 film (which will be aired next Thursday after school). We also finally took the book photo, and had a riveting debate on the Iraq War. A vote was conducted and meetings will still be conducted on Wednesdays in the future.

Cole Pearce

Photos from April 21

Hello Everyone,

Here are the photos from our April 21 meeting! (Note to all: all posts prior to this date were from Maryam, I just couldn’t figure out how not to change them)

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REMINDER: Elections

Just another reminder about our elections on Wednesday. Remember,
President, Treasurer and Secretary.

You can give a brief speech if you want before hand, it won’t be
mandatory though if you don’t want to.

I encourage all of you to run! Bring in your ideas for the club!

MP

Meeting and Elections!

Hey Everyone,

Hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing break! We’ll be resuming our weekly Wednesday meetings, but the other thing I wanted to note was that our official elections are the third week in January. We have three positions as you may remember: President, Treasurer and Secretary. I encourage all of you to run for office (except for seniors who will be graduating). It will be an informal affair but I look forward to the greater organization we’ll have after this. See you all Wednesday

MP

Happy Guy Fawkes Day!

Remember, remember the fifth of November!

The Gun Powder Treason and Plot!

I know of no reason

Why the Gun Powder Treason

Should ever be forgot!

Hope you all had a great Guy Fawkes day. To those of you who joined us for our moVie Night celebration via “V for Vendetta”, I hope you enjoyed the film and didn’t think it was too long. I love the following quote which was actually from Goethe’s Faust: Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici. “By the power of truth I, while living, have conquered the universe”

In case you didn’t know, the Gun Powder Treason was an attempt in 1605 to blow up Parliament, thereby assassinating King James I and most of the aristocracy. It was headed by the namesake Guy Fawkes, and their aim was to secure religious freedom to practice as Catholics from an oppressive Protestant government. No, we’re not advocating blowing up anything. But we are in support of individuals acting on their own behalf to secure their rights, not idly expecting politicians to do it for us.

V: “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

I’m almost positive there is a James Madison quote that is very similar. I’ll have to look for it.

MP

If you’ve been keeping track with the blog, you probably noticed things have been a bit sluggish in getting posted. Hopefully we won’t have another down time like that.

Nevertheless, you’ll remember last week we were graciously provided with our first set of books by Students for Liberty (the national organization).

http://www.studentsforliberty.org

As I understand it, they work with the Cato Institute, a Libertarian ThinkTank in D.C., and provide books free of charge to student liberty groups everywhere. Hopefully we’ll be able to thank them in some meaningful way in the future.

So, the book we’re reading now is Frederic Bastiat’s “Selected Essays on Political Economy.” Bastiat was French economist, who wrote before and after the revolution in France, a time during which France was undergoing huge upheavals in its political-economic structures. He led the free-trade movement, and founded Le Libre Echange, a weekly newspaper promoting free trade ideals.

For tomorrow, you should have read Chapter 1, “What is seen and what is not seen.” I’ll post a couple questions below. Don’t feel compelled to write out answers to them, but be prepared to come with answers tomorrow and be able to defend them. I’ll gradually start creating pages with resources on each of the individuals we read and summary guides of the chapters.

So, here are some questions for you to consider:

- What does Bastiat mean by ‘What is seen and what is not seen?”

- Why should one be valued over the other, if at all.

- Should the state subsidize the arts?

- What parallels do you see between the examples Bastiat provides, and economic issues we have today? What would he say about the current health care ‘crisis’?

- “Moral: To use force is not to produce, but to destroy.” (pg. 30) Is this always true? When is it acceptable?

It rings interestingly similar to a John Marshall quote, “The power to tax is the power to destroy.” (McCulloch v. Maryland) Was Marshall a free-market thinker and I never knew it?

See you all tomorrow,

MP

 

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