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Inspiring Young Minds for Liberty from Coast to Coast


The world of liberty is a bit bigger today following a successful series of FEE summer seminars that concluded August 7. In total, 692 people–high school students, college students, and young thinkers just beginning their careers–participated in programs that introduced them to the fundamentals of the economic way of thinking, the hows and whys of political decision-making, and the importance of character in creating and defending a free society.

FEE’s 10 seminars took place across the country–from Seattle to St. Louis to Clemson–making it easier than ever for students from almost anywhere to learn about the freedom philosophy. Among many other topics, seminars this summer explored the inextricable link between liberty and cultural development, the promise of free-market environmentalism, and the real scoop behind rising college tuitions. At FEE’s college seminar in Prescott, Arizona, students even had the opportunity to answer that age-old question about a free society: “Who will build the roads?”

An extraordinary faculty comprised of talented communicators and rigorous thinkers led participants through lectures and activities that challenged preconceived notions and inspired future study. Following the last lecture at each seminar, participants are invited to join the FEE Alumni Network, which connects them to fellow lovers of liberty and supports their future intellectual development. Alumni leave FEE knowing the end of the seminar is only the beginning of the life of principled leadership they are expected to lead.

Although this summer’s seminars are finished, this is no time to rest. FEE will spend the next few weeks evaluating and developing future programs that will enlighten even more newcomers’ minds. Applications for the summer 2014 series of seminars will open January 1, 2014. If you know a young person who has the potential to improve the world, refer them to FEE today.



Richard Lorenc is the director of programs at FEE.

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April 2014

Around the world, people are struggling to throw off authoritarianism, with deeply mixed results. From Egypt to Venezuela, determined people build networks to overthrow their regimes, but as yet we have not learned to live without Leviathan. In this issue, Michael Malice and Gary Dudney discuss their glimpses inside totalitarian regimes, while Sarah Skwire and Michael Nolan look at how totalitarian regimes grind down the individual--and how individuals fight back. Plus, Jeffrey Tucker identifies a strain in libertarianism that, left unchecked, could reduce even our vibrant movement to something that is analogous to the grim aesthetic of architectural brutalism. The struggle for our lives and freedom is a struggle for beauty; it begins inside each of us.
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