On February 17, Young Americans for Liberty @ IUP conducted an informational meetings. We organized this meeting and the awareness spreading of this meeting through several officer sessions with Ryan, Nicolette, Ian, Travis , and me (Caleb). Through our efforts there was a total of 15 people who came to this meeting.
We started with Travis speaking on our chapter's overarching moral philosophy. He ended his speech with the brilliant Mises quote from Human Action stating that "If a man drinks wine and not water, I cannot say he is acting irrationally. At most I can say in his place I would not do the same. But his pursuit of happiness is his own business, not mine."
We continued on with Ryan discussing internet privacy and Edward Snowden. I discussed foreign policy, utilizing some of General Smedley Butler's War is a Racket speech:
WAR is a racket. It always has been.
It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.
A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.
After I spoke, Nicolette discussed the War on Drugs, its failure, and its systemic racism. Ian followed her, delivering a