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Neodoxy Posted: Sat, Nov 10 2012 7:19 PM

So I'm part of a libertarian club at my school. Rand's really popular here. I've been made the "chief promoter" of the association so I'm basically trying to market/promote libertarianism. In particular we're trying to design posters. We're thinking about making them provocative saying things along the lines of "Capitalism is the only economic system which can ensure stability and growth", just something along those lines. Any ideas for

Poster stuff

1. Quotes

2. Captions

3. Images

Or

4. Any other strategies to try to draw people in for discussion? Or any events you think we could hold?

Thanks

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Clayton replied on Sat, Nov 10 2012 8:20 PM

Friedman is supremely quotable. I would recommend that you re-watch the Free to Choose series for ideas... not only does he have great quotes, he was extremely talented at devising arguments to help people see why capitalism is a) not the boogeyman that socialists paint it out to be and b) the only possible basis for prosperity and a just social order.

Frederic Bastiat is also hugely underutilized ... extremely quotable and he has a very elevated style. His stuff could be place in a visual context that communicates "classy". I would particularly direct your attention toward The Law and The State.

Sowell is another very quotable guy. Walter Williams, as well, though he's more conservative than libertarian, so have to be careful with his quotes.

Mencken, Hicks, Carlin, are the greatest satirists to live in the last century, IMO. Despite the fact that they were not "libertarians" per se, they often leaned that way and as consummate wordsmiths, managed to compress entire dissertations' worth of libertarian thought down into a couple sentences.

Also, don't forget to review the Low Content Quote thread, there are some amazingly good quotes in there.

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Neodoxy replied on Sat, Nov 10 2012 8:59 PM

Thanks for the suggestions so far! And yea I've scoured the low content quote thread for every liberty related quote

Keep em comin people! Stuff like this is important!

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Some person on twitter who owns all of Thomas Sowell's books quotes him constantly. They are great.

https://twitter.com/ThomasSowell

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Wheylous replied on Sun, Nov 11 2012 1:28 PM

Neodoxy, I highly suggest that you become part of Students for Liberty (if not already). Get your club affiliated and you get HUGE benefits! I joined the SFL chapter at my school a few weeks ago and I learned that they just ship us almost any book we want in large quantities. I went to the Philly regional conference yesterday and it was AWESOME. 200 brilliant libertarian students there. They were extremely smart, and even though the organization is funded by like Cato and some Koch money, most were probably Austrians there.

They also fly you out to DC for free and do leadership training. Please sign up! Also make sure to sign up for the International SFL Conference in February. 2,000 libertarians from the entire world converging on DC for 3 days.

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Neodoxy replied on Sun, Nov 11 2012 7:37 PM

Thanks for the suggestion Wheylous, I'm currently taking a very close look at that.

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You have a libertarian club at your school? I'm so jealous! All I had was an economics professor who introduced me to libertarian ideas and helped convert me. My fellow students didn't seem as open to the ideas. I was surrounded by socialists/progressives back then and pretty much still am now in the real world. Hell, most of the time here I have to explain what the term "libertarian" means. How are you guys finding each other!? lol

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Neodoxy replied on Sun, Nov 11 2012 11:05 PM

My school is really big and tends to attract more republicans/independents/don't really care than most other college campuses do. For whatever it's worth, however, we also have a chapter of the ISO on campus :P

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Fountainhead: Really? An econ professor converted you? That's unexpectedly awesome. My econ professor made fun of Milton Friedman...

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Yeah, it was a really enlightening class. Intro. to political economy. Socialist dominated university, but this professor was either small government conservative or libertarian. In any case, he had us read libertarian thinkers including Friedman, Hayek, Mises, Rothbard, etc. I still have the book handy with exerpts from all those guys and more. :) He even argued from an Anarcho-Capitalist perspective sometimes, not necessarily believing in it, but pretty much saying, here's an interesting theory that you might want to look into.

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Neodoxy replied on Mon, Nov 12 2012 12:00 AM

What book was he using that cites those economists?

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if we develop this blog, you can get ur libertarian club to read it.

Its the mises community blog.

I must spread te word.

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The Libertarian Reader, edited by David Boaz. Good place to start for beginners, imo.

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h.k. replied on Mon, Nov 12 2012 6:11 AM

Ok but what are you going to do to promote Austrian Economics?

 

The founders were rather "Libertarian" and look where that got them.

 

To me you need to talk a little bit about A.E., "Libertarianism" is too vague a term in my opinion.

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h.k.:

Ok but what are you going to do to promote Austrian Economics?

 

The founders were rather "Libertarian" and look where that got them.

 

To me you need to talk a little bit about A.E., "Libertarianism" is too vague a term in my opinion.

 

No, only a handful of the Founders were bona fide libertarians.

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