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We are the generation that was born into a period of rapid change and progress. We are the generation that grew up with the internet and the massive amount of information at our fingertips that comes with it.
I think this availability of information is an important reason the political spectrum is changing.
Our generation is realizing how wrong and ineffective some of the traditional policies of the left and the right are.
Liberals usually value personal freedom. Conservatives value economic freedom.
Libertarians value both.
More and more young people are turning to libertarianism, and there's a few reasons. They agree that government regulated morality and state intrusion into aspects of one's personal life, like limiting the freedom of two consenting adults to get married, is wrong. They hate the idea of the 'nanny state' which aims to protect people from themselves by regulating what they should or should not be buying, consuming, watching, listening to etc.
These are examples of traditionally conservative policies.
They also realize the hypocrisy of the traditional left that, while proclaiming to fight for personal freedom, limits the economic liberties of people by taxing them more, piling on debt on behalf of their citizens, and growing the size of government.
This generation is learning about economics. And we don't like what has been going on for some time.
That's why it's no surprise the student movement for liberty is huge.
And it's growing rapidly.
The photo attached to this post was taken a couple of weeks ago at the European Students For Liberty Conference in Berlin, where hundreds and hundreds of pro-liberty students from all over the continent and the globe came to listen to great lectures and talk about a wide array of liberty related topics.
And that's not the end of it. European Students For Liberty (ESFL) organizes regional conferences in cities across Europe, so the number of attendees only on this continent is counted in the thousands.
So, are there any libertarians among MUNers?
Why do you think the student movement for liberty is doing so well?
What do you think about libertarianism and why do you agree or disagree with its principles?
Let's get a good discussion going in the comments!
Check out these links to read more about the basics of libertarianism: