A growing number of students across the world are interested in sex, drugs and… liberty. In fact, Students from across Europe will be arriving in Leuven, Belgium for the first ever European Students for Liberty (ESFL) Conference in late November.
Whether they are liberal, classical liberal, libertarian or even anarcho-capitalist, from the political ’left’, ’right’ or ’I don’t know’; ESFL is the continent-wide network for students to get involved in pro-liberty activism at universities.
And it’s coming to Finland, too. With the help of think-tanks like Libera, ESFL hopes to get students fired up and enthusiastic about setting up, building and supporting pro-liberty groups on campuses across the country. In the United States of America, SFL grew over the past five years to host well over 600 students at its last conference in February, with countless student groups founded and guided with its support.
Then, earlier this year, its UK sister organisation, the Liberty League was founded, holding a 100-person conference in April, and boosting the number of student groups expected this October from a mere 7, to over 23 active and enthusiastic student societies.
ESFL was officially founded in June at a gathering in London, setting the wheels in motion to organise the European Students for Liberty Conference this November; and organise support in the way of free books distribution (such as the brand new Morality of Capitalism edited by Tom Palmer), online seminars, and general network-building. I very much hope to see a lot of Finnish pro-liberty students at the conference, and to eventually see a rapid growth in activism across the country’s university campuses.