I want everybody who reads this to take a quick minute to imagine your perception of East Texas. The area shares a part of the country known as the Piney Woods, home to four national parks and at least 17 state parks. Now, imagine Texas politics, especially in rural East Texas. Not only is our campus left-leaning (we are known for our education and forestry departments—need I say more?), but we often see staunch conservatives out debating our foreign policy, economics, and social issues as much as the other side.
I believe you have a nice taste of the life of many of our YAL-ers.
Now imagine trying to create an environment within this scenario in which people can freely come together to express the philosophy and interest in liberty.
This, I believe, was the ultimate goal of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas when we decided to pursue our own conference, Liberty in the Pines. For the first time, liberty would have a place for discussion within the dense expanse of East Texas.