In the aftermath of the tragedy in Charlottesville, some prominent voices in American media have misguidedly tied the attack back to libertarianism. Matt Lewis of The Daily Beast, for instance, reported on “The Insidious Libertarian to Alt-right Pipeline,” which was quickly picked up by numerous mainstream outlets including The Washington Post.
This association is especially erroneous considering that liberty, properly understood, is the opposite of what the hatemongers in Charlottesville advocate. In contrast to ethno-nationalism, the free society is cosmopolitan, embracing people of all backgrounds under the common umbrella of free speech, property rights, religious freedom, and the rule of law.
Sadly, these basic values are under attack now than ever before in recent history, with politicians such as President Donald Trump, France’s Marine LePen, and Holland’s Geert Wilders rallying the masses for an illiberal populist revolution. For freedom’s sake, the narrative needs to change.
Young Voices seeks to be an agent of change by messaging the ideas of liberty versus the dangers of illiberal populism in a four-month, intensive course we call our Free Society Fellowship. From December 2017 to March 2018, 10 Young Voices Advocates will attend webinar trainings from outside experts, produce op-eds, and make broadcast interview appearances.
Learn more about each fellow and follow their media hits below.