Monday, August 11, 2014

Time covers YAL national convention in DC

Libertarian Student Activists Rally at National Convention | TIME - Becca Stanek

August 1, 2014 - : "A crowd of college kids screamed and cheered, belting out chants and pumping their fists. The energy in the room was palpable. Some craned their necks to get a better view and others nudged their friends in excitement. The kids weren’t waiting for a rock concert to start or a celebrity to walk across the stage. They were waiting for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) to kick off the annual Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) National Convention in Washington, D.C.

"Almost 300 student activists for YAL traveled from around the country to convene for a five-day convention filled with talks about liberty and appearances by prominent libertarian leaders. The convention kicked off Wednesday evening with an address by Sen. Rand Paul followed by a House of Representatives panel, featuring six members of the House Liberty Caucus.

"'Anybody here from the leave me alone coalition? How about the leave me the hell alone coalition?' Paul asked the room to a response of cheers. 'Some people are writing and saying there’s a libertarian moment in our country right now.' Speakers went on to talk about key libertarian party principles of personal and economic liberty, then touch on hot button issues for millennials, including the NSA, social security and the legalization of marijuana."

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