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'We Are Fighting for Free Speech Every Single Day,' Says Students for Liberty's Wolf von Laer: Podcast

What to expect at LibertyCon, the annual meeting of the largest libertarian student group on the planet (plus how to get 40 percent off registration).

"We are fighting for free speech every single day," says Students for Liberty's CEO Wolf von Laer, who also contends that college campuses around the world are "breeding grounds for socialism."

I spoke with Laer, who has a Ph.D. in political economy from King's College (London), and David Clement, director of external relations, about SFL's upcoming LibertyCon, which takes place in Washington, D.C., January 17-20, and pulls together 2,000 students, activists, and libertarians from all over the world.

Reason is a sponsor of LibertyCon and folks such as Katherine Mangu-Ward, Matt Welch, Peter Suderman, Robby Soave, and Elizabeth Nolan Brown will join Libertarian Party Vice Presidential nominee Bill Weld, FCC head Ajit Pai, legal giants Randy Barnett and Alan Dershowitz, and others for the conference. During lunch on Saturday, Reason will present a "live" version of the magazine, featuring some of your favorite journalists, the musical styling of Remy, and the comedy of Andrew Heaton and Austin Bragg.

Go here for a list of speakers and use the code REASON to get a 40 percent discount on registration.

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  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    What to expect at LibertyCon

    Thomas Jefferson cosplay, I would hope.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Only if it's combined with Sally Hemings cosplay.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Absolutely, that is if you're trying to win Best Group Costume.

  • John||

    Ayn Rand Sally Hemmings COSPlay

  • A Lady of Reason||

    College campuses now are Leftist cesspits! I will admit I went to one, but thanks to my family, did not come out brainwashed like the rest of them! I'm glad more students are sticking up and helping hod accountable the Leftist censorship and bias in college!

  • $park¥ The Misanthrope||

    "We are fighting for free speech every single day," says Students for Liberty's CEO Wolf von Laer,

    To hear people around here talk about it, you might as well give up for all the good you're doing.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Heaton and KMW at the same event? I hope she's getting ready to pay him any damn money he demands to return.

  • John||

    What is the context of what you are saying?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    They're both going to be at this event, and I want Heaton back at Reason. KMW should pay him whatever he might be asking. A million dollars.

  • Uncle Jay||

    These fascist thugs fail to realize that free speech should be the sole domain of our beloved ruling elites only.
    After all, if our ruling elites are smart enough to embezzle billions of tax dollars and hide it somewhere offshore, then they are smart enough to recognize what is and what isn't free speech is.

  • Jim Logajan||

    Until free speech if offered at a 10% discount, I'm not buying any.

  • Rob Misek||

    Free speech is the right that guarantees nobody will be persecuted for sharing information.

    If that isn't what you're fighting for then your cause isn't free speech.

  • ||

    Having been a federal contract worker during the Obama shutdown, they are exactly right. While the civil servants have a nice vacation with backpay, federal contract workers (who do most of the actual work) were not getting paid.

    My problem with the shutdown is that it's an utter waste of money. The civil servants are getting paid, and we aren't getting the benefits of their working. It's a lose-lose situation.

  • RomioVIP||

    good job


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