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College Civil Liberties Tour


FFF is embarking on one of the most exciting programs in our 22-year history.

We are partnering with the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) to go on a one-week college tour next February featuring a panel entitled “The War on Terrorism, Civil Liberties, and the Constitution.”

The panel will consist of three lawyers, a conservative, a liberal, and a libertarian, all three of whom are ardent defenders of civil liberties: Bruce Fein, Glenn Greenwald, and me. The panel will be moderated by Jack Hunter, who recently joined YAL’s staff as director of outreach and who is a frequent contributor to American Conservative magazine.

Fein, who served in the Justice Department during the Reagan administration, is one of the most spellbinding and erudite speakers on freedom, the Constitution, and civil liberties. He’s the author of the great book American Empire Before the Fall.

Greenwald, a Salon.com blogger and author of the great, newly published book With Liberty and Justice for Some, was described by Forbes magazine as one of the top 25 most influential liberal commentators in the country.

Fein and Greenwald are among the foremost defenders of civil liberties in our time. It makes no difference whether Republicans or Democrats are in power — Fein and Greenwald remain steadfast, consistent, and fierce proponents of civil liberties.

Since our inception in 1989, FFF has always been a staunch advocate of civil liberties. In fact, in our very first year of operation, we devoted much of the July 1990 issue of Freedom Daily to civil liberties, including my article “The Forgotten Importance of Civil Liberties.” Ever since, and especially since 9/11, we have been at the forefront of the libertarian movement in emphasizing the importance of civil liberties.

YAL was formed in the wake of Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign. It is a fantastic organization of young people, especially college students, who have fire-in-the-belly for libertarianism and Austrian economics. They have college chapters all over the United States.

The tour will primarily concentrate in the Northeast and Midwest, ending up with a presentation at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) in Washington, D.C. YAL is now in the process of selecting the colleges that we’ll be visiting. We’ll let you know as soon the schedule is finalized.

The events will be free and open to the public. Since our panelists will consist of a conservative, a liberal, and a libertarian, we’re sure to attract college students from different philosophical perspectives. I hope you’ll be able to make one or more of these appearances, as it would be great to have the students interacting with libertarians, especially during the informal social period following the formal program.

With the U.S. government’s interventionist and imperialist foreign policy, the government’s infringements on civil liberties continue to grow. There is no way that a people can be considered free when they have lost civil liberty. This program is aimed at restoring civil liberties to our land. What better place to begin than on America’s college campuses?

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Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at the Foundation for Economic Education. He has advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country as well as on Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Greta van Susteren shows and he appeared as a regular commentator on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show Freedom Watch. View these interviews at LewRockwell.com and from Full Context. Send him email.