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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Libertarian calendar for March

March 26
New York, NY

Can We End Poverty?

8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Columbia University
Roone Arledge Auditorium
Alfred Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway

Featuring John Allison, President, Cato Institute; John McWhorter, Center for American Studies, Columbia University; Michael D. Tanner, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Ron Haskins, Co-Director, Center on Children and Families, Budgeting for National Priorities Project; Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO, PolicyLink;Christopher Wimer, Co-Director, Center on Poverty and Social Policy; Robert Doar, Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies, American Enterprise Institute; Jo Kwong, Director of Economic Opportunity Programs, Philanthropy Roundtable; Harriet Karr-McDonald, Executive Vice President, Doe Fund; Robert Woodson, Founder and President, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise; David Beito, Professor of American History, University of Alabama; and Ruth Rathblott, President and Chief Executive Office, Harlem Educational Activities Fund.
On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson delivered a State of the Union address to Congress in which he declared an "unconditional war on poverty in America." Johnson’s goal was not only to "relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it." Since then, federal and state governments have spent more than $19 trillion fighting poverty. But what has really been accomplished with all of that funding?
This special half-day conference brings together a wide range of experts from across the political spectrum to discuss whether the War on Poverty succeeded in reducing poverty in the United States, what remains to be done, and whether private charitable efforts would be a better alternative to government welfare programs.
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.Registration
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.Welcome Address

John Allison
President, Cato Institute
8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.Keynote AddressJohn McWhorter
Center for American Studies, Columbia University
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.PANEL 1: 50 Years of the War on Poverty: Success, Failure, Incomplete?Moderator: Ron Haskins
Co-Director, Center on Children and Families and Budgeting for National Priorities Project, Brookings Institution

Michael Tanner
Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

Angela Glover Blackwell
Founder and CEO, PolicyLink

Christopher Wimer
Co-Director, Center on Poverty and Social Policy, School of Social Work, Columbia University

Robert Doar
Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies, American Enterprise Institute
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.PANEL 2: Private Alternatives to Government WelfareModerator: Jo Kwong
Director of Economic Opportunity Programs, Philanthropy Roundtable

Harriet Karr-McDonald
Executive Vice President, Doe Fund

Robert Woodson
Founder and President, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise

David Beito
Professor of American History, University of Alabama

Ruth Rathblott
President and Chief Executive Officer, Harlem Educational Activities Fund
If you can’t make it to Columbia University, watch this event live online at and follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute.

March 26
Babylon, NY

Suffolk County Libertarian Convention
Lily Flanagan's Restaurant
345 Deer Park Avenue


Tickets in Advance are $20 and at the door $25 which can be paid below.  All monies that are paid will be forwarded to the SCLP.  The price includes a buffet dinner and unlimited soft drinks.  There is a cash bar.
The business portion of the meeting will be free.
Besides electing new officers we will feature four very interesting speakers as follows:

Bob Schulz:  Founder of
Speaking on the unconstitutionality of Common Core education in New York.
If you want to stop common core, this is a must see event!  Please bring your entire family and friends to help us do our part to stop this blight on our children's education!

Karin Murphy Caro:  Founder and CEO of Blu Chip Marketing
Speaking on social media and media relations.  In all political races the use of social media is essential.  

Lidia Szcezepanski, Esq.:  Founder of the Web TV Show "Everything Lidia" on The Daily Blu
Speaking on "And Liberty and Justice for All...... If you have enough money!"

Robert Schuon: Vice Chair of the Suffolk County Libertarian Party
Speaking on Austrian Economics
So come join us for a night of entertaining speakers and a great meal!

March 28
Iowa Libertarian Party convention 


March 28
Garner, NC

6:00 PM
Carolina Barbecue N Chicken
733 Us Highway 70 W
Garner, NC
March 29
Culver City, CA

  • Time: 6:00pm Pacific
  • Location: Reason Magazine LA Office, 5737 Mesmer Avenue

We will be joined by David Nott, the President of Reason Foundation to answer important questions from AFL’ers ranging from policy to career.
About AFL: As the student movement for liberty continues to grow around the world it becomes increasingly important for alumni to stay connected to the students and each other. Alumni For Liberty provides a means for alumni of the student movement to do just that while giving back and empowering the next generation of leaders of liberty.
Did you miss going to ISFLC? Want to rekindle that fire of liberty inside you? Connect with former SFLers and friends to find out the latest happenings in the liberty community.
Please join us for some drinks, swag, and conversation! Speaker: David Nott is president of Reason Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing free minds and free markets. Under Nott’s leadership, Reason’s public policy experts have advised President George W. Bush, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and numerous other officials on how to shrink the burden of government. Reason, a monthly magazine of political and cultural commentary, was named one of the “50 Best Magazines” two straight years by the Chicago Tribune and is described as “a kick-ass, no-holds-barred political magazine” by the New York Post.
Nott’s professional experience includes six years as president of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he is credited with developing and implementing a business plan that led to a 250 percent increase in revenue. Nott also spearheaded the construction of Mercatus’ new Capitol Hill Campus.
Find out more about the Reason Foundation
March 31
Arlington VA


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    Founders Hall Auditorium
    Arlington Campus at George Mason University
    3351 N Fairfax Drive
March 26
Atlanta, GA

Georgia Justice Reform


From State in Crisis to Reform Leader: How Georgia's Approach to Criminal Justice Is Impacting Well-Being

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Georgia Pacific, Auditorium (located on the lobby level of GP), 133 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Click Here to RSVP
Like many states, Georgia recently found itself in the midst of a criminal justice crisis. In only two decades, its prison population had doubled, diminishing opportunity and well-being for non-violent offenders caught up in the system. Meanwhile, its incarceration budget had also doubled. The Peach State was facing a breaking point.

But thanks to a new approach, leaders in Atlanta have been able to focus resources on rehabilitating non-violent offenders while also ensuring that public safety is not compromised. This move has also helped save taxpayers more than $20 million.

What has Georgia done that has worked and what needs further examination? How has reform affected opportunity and well-being, especially for former prisoners? And can Georgia's reforms be replicated in other states - or even at the federal level?

Please join the Charles Koch Institute for an upcoming conversation with esteemed criminal justice experts who will explore these questions and more.

Hon. Jay Neal, Governor's Office of Transition, Support and Reentry

Marissa McCall Dodson, Policy Director and Attorney, Georgia Justice Project
Randy Hicks, President and CEO, Georgia Center for Opportunity
Marc Levin, Policy Director, Right on Crime; Director, Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation
Kelly McCutchen, President and CEO, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible.
Join the conversation on #justicereform


March 27

Washington DC

2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

  • Location: Washington, DC American University
  • Dates: March 27, 2015 - March 29, 2015
  • Cost (current students): $5 in advance, $10 at the door
  • Cost (SSDP alumni): $15 in advance, $25 at the door
  • Cost (regular): $25 in advance, $35 at the door


TBA – check back often, more information coming soon!


TBA – check back often, more information coming soon!


We don’t want the cost to be a barrier for any students who want to attend. If you cannot afford the $5 ticket, please contact to discuss discount options.ballot drive
March 31
Arlington VA


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    Founders Hall Auditorium
    Arlington Campus at George Mason University
    3351 N Fairfax Drive,

This is the inaugural event of the Mercatus Center’s newly established Conversations with Tyler event series.
Tyler Cowen, Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics, George Mason University
Peter Thiel, cofounder of PayPal and Palantir Technologies, partner at Founders Fund
Peter Thiel and Tyler Cowen, both New York Times bestselling authors, are among today’s top global thought leaders and influential innovators. Join us as these two engage in a serious dialogue on the ideas and policies that will shape the future of innovation and progress in the coming years and decades.
Peter Thiel is among the most impressive innovators of the past two decades. As co-founder of Paypal and seed-funder for Facebook, Thiel has been instrumental in the conception and growth of some of today’s most entrepreneurial and innovative companies. In his latest best-selling book, Zero to One, Thiel explains how to build a better future by capitalizing on innovation. A staunch optimist, he maintains that progress can be achieved anywhere the human mind is able to think creatively. Thiel describes how entrepreneurial thinking leads to innovation, which builds something new and moves the mark from zero to one.
If you have any questions about this event, please contact Bethany Stalter at or (703) 993-4889.

About Peter Thiel
Peter Thiel is a legendary entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He has played a vital role in some of the most dynamic companies to emerge from Silicon Valley. His contributions to technology, entrepreneurship, and finance are recognized around the world, including by the World Economic Forum, which honored Thiel as a Young Global Leader, and by BusinessWeek, which named him one of the 25 most influential people on the web. Thiel also serves as a primary supporter of the Committee to Protect Journalists, a group that promotes press freedom worldwide; the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, which seeks to foster the responsible development of advanced computing technologies; and the SENS Foundation, a medical charity dedicated to extending healthy human lifespans. Thiel received a BA in Philosophy from Stanford University and a JD from Stanford Law School.

About Tyler Cowen
Cowen is a world-renowned professor of economics, co-author of the popular economics blog Marginal Revolution, co-founder of the award-winning online educational platform Marginal Revolution University, and chairman of the Board at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Bloomberg Businessweek profiled Cowen as “America’s Hottest Economist,” Foreign Policy named Cowen as one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers,” and an Economist survey counted Cowen as one of the most influential economists of the last decade.

Libertarian women's history month: Virginia Postrel

Virginia Inman Postrel (born January 14, 1960 - ) is an American political and cultural writer of broadly libertarian views who was the editor of reason magazine during the 1990s.

She is best known for her non-fiction books, The Future and Its Enemies and The Substance of Style. In the former she explains her philosophy, "dynamism," a forward-looking and change-seeking philosophy that generally favors unregulated organization through "spontaneous order". She contrasts it with "stasis", a philosophy that favors top-down control and regulation and is marked by desire to maintain the present state of affairs. In November 2013, she published a third book, The Power of Glamour, which defined glamour as "nonverbal rhetoric" that “leads us to feel that the life we dream of exists, and to desire it even more.”  (It would be interesting if Postrel had returned to reason to do its recent interview with Camille Paglia, given her research interests.)

Virginia Inman was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. Her father was an engineer and her mother was a homemaker who later went on to get her masters degree and teach at the college level. Virginia went on to college at Princeton University, graduating in 1982 with a degree in English Literature.

Postrel was editor of Reason from July 1989 to January 2000, and remained on the masthead as editor-at-large through 2001. Her writing has been attacked by paleo-libertarian Justin Raimondo and praised by Objectivist philosopher Diana Hsieh.  She hired editor Nick Gillespie, her successor at reason.  Prior to that, she was a reporter for Inc. and the Wall Street Journal. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). From 2000 to 2006, she wrote an economics column for the New York Times and from 2006 to 2009 she wrote the "Commerce and Culture" column for The Atlantic. She also appeared on the last episode of the third season of Pennand Teller's Bullshit!.

Postrel wrote the biweekly column "Commerce & Culture" for the Wall Street Journal until April 2011. Since May 2011, she has written a biweekly column for Bloomberg News.

Postrel has written several articles on health care and bioethics, including accounts of her own experiences.  In March 2006 Postrel donated a kidney to an acquaintance, writer Sally Satel. She has recounted the experience, and referred to it in several subsequent articles and blog posts—many of which are critical of legal prohibitions against compensating organ donors. In some of these pieces she discusses strategies for working around these restrictions, such as organ donor transplant chains.

In her March 2009 article "My Drug Problem" in The Atlantic, Postrel wrote about her own experience of being treated for breast cancer with the expensive drug Herceptin.  She questioned if such a costly treatment would be available to others and if the risky research that makes such innovative treatments possible would be profitable under proposed health care reforms in the United States.

Postrel has also referred to her experience as a cancer patient in her writing about the importance of design aesthetics in hospitals, and the competitive forces that drive them to create more attractive environments for patients. This ties into the thesis of her second book—that beauty is more than simply a superficial, frivolous trait, and can go more than skin deep. Notions of beauty and desirability—and thoughts on what makes good design good beyond the needs of sound engineering—inform her work at the "Deep Glamour" blog.

On December 10, 2013, Postrel was criticized by The Colbert Report for an opinion article she wrote for titled, "Who Needs a Raise When You Have TV?"

Falling asleep in front of the TV