Every year, college students enroll in a
school with the hopes that they will find a major, some new ideas and new
friends. Often, they leave with really
only two of these. Too often, in fact, these students are given only one
perspective in the role of government in public affairs: More is better.
Students for a Free Economy uses a variety of activities to bring free-market
ideas to students, both on-campus and off-campus.
for a Free Economy works actively to rebalance the terms of these issues. Christopher
Deming, the Mackinac Center’s director of campus leadership, hit the ground
running at the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year, sending SFE materials
to several college resource fairs and hosting a booth at an impressive 19 more,
engaging students with pamphlets, T-shirts and most importantly, the ideas of
liberty. Building on that foundation of outreach, SFE coordinated or brought
students to a variety of events throughout the school year.
was a “Weekend Exploring Liberty” conference held in April at Northwood
University in Midland, Mich. Over 60 students registered for this
three-day event. They came from all across the state and beyond.
Representatives from Northwood University, the Acton Institute and the Cato
Institute came and gave students a variety of perspectives on liberty.
helped bring debates to campuses. These debates were created by students for
students and involved groups like the College Democrats, College Republicans,
Young Democratic Socialists and College Libertarians, on a number of policy
issues, including fiscal problems and education policies. For the first debate
alone, more than 60 students attended the two-hour event. Matt Needham president of the Michigan
State University College Libertarians said:
been extremely helpful for MSCL this year. … SFE helped guide us through
the process of planning and executing successful events. MSCL successfully
organized two debates, a war protest, as well as speaking events with
Congressman Justin Amash, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and FEE President
Larry Reed. SFE helped us by getting us in contact with speakers and helping us
navigate through university bureaucracy.”
February, SFE took more than 30 students from across the state to the
International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C. Packing two
15-passenger vans with people and luggage, SFE students were able to make the
long haul to meet other students and activists from around the world. Many of
these young people will go on to use these networking opportunities to find
jobs, land internships and make their way toward advocating for liberty after
Minority opinions, especially
those presented by advocates of free-market principles, must be constantly
brought to the attention of all students in as many venues as possible. The
competition of ideas is important in the development of a critical mind, and
Students for a Free Economy will be there to make sure college students are introduced
to free-market ideas.
video of students speaking about their experiences with SFE at