This blog post will be my last, as I am wrapping of my final week at the Atlas Network. It has been a great adventure, and my time here is really ending on a high note.
Last weekend was the 10th annual International Students for Liberty Conference which brings together more than 1,000 students and professionals from all over the world. I helped Atlas in organising our booth for the exhibition hall.
There were so many great organisations represented (Cato, Mises Institute, FEE, the list goes on!) and it was fantastic meeting so many young libertarians. It gave me great hope for the future.
Friday and Saturday were full of presentations, discussion panels and break-out sessions. One of my favourite presentations was by psychologist Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind – Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion.
He talked about the progressive agenda that has become so entrenched in most US college campuses (and which is no doubt making its way to Australia), and how political correctness has lead us down a very dangerous path. Afterwards, I talked to some of the fellow Mannkal scholars who attended the conference, and we made plans to combat Curtin’s student guild and their political agenda.
I was fortunate enough to attend the ISFLC Awards Dinner on the Saturday night. It was great to see Atlas’s own Dr Tom Palmer, who has for decades worked for advancing liberty the world over, receive the award for Alumnus of the Year.
Wolf von Laer, the new CEO of SFL, also gave an inspiring speech highlighting the great work of the different SFL chapters in all corners of the world.
I also spent some time at the Cato Institute perusing their library again and attending a great discussion on the Declaration of Independence and Lockean property rights, again led by Tom Palmer.
As the weather has warmed up significantly over the last weeks (reaching an all time high of 24 degrees today), Kristina offered to take us interns out to the Mt. Vernon estate, which was the house of American’s first president, the legendary George Washington. The buildings and grounds are well kept and it was interesting to get a guided tour.
The house still contains the original bed that the president died in after succumbing to a severe throat infection.
Tomorrow will be my last day at the office and there will be a small party in the conference room, in conjunction with quite a few of the staff who all have their birthdays this week. I am sad to leave, but I am also looking forward to returning home to Perth with all the invaluable lessons that Atlas has taught me.
Thank you to Ron Manners and the Mannkal Foundation for making this possible.