AFF Atlanta: The Invisible Hand Is a Gentle Hand

On November 19th, AFF Atlanta hosted The Advocates for Self Government’s Sharon Harris for a presentation titled “The Invisible Hand Is a Gentle Hand.”  Mrs. Harris spoke to a crowd of nearly 40 attendees. Mrs. Harris gave a very interesting and engaging talk on how to talk about liberty to different people.  Her lecture was interactive and included exercises on listening and communicating.  Mrs. Harris used her knowledge of psychology to illustrate the fact that there are many different types of people who are going to respond to information and ideas in different manners.  She pointed out that certain methods of

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Special Assignment from the Foundation for Economic Education

For many, a mentor or a book opened their minds to the possibilities of a free society. For others, an affinity toward liberty happened through experience.  As I discovered during the recent Atlas Network Liberty Forum, a great many leaders in today’s worldwide liberty movement did these things along with attending a FEE seminar. FEE, the Foundation for Economic Education, has been prompting that “ah ha!” moment in people for decades, and now works exclusively to light the flame of liberty in the hearts of high school and college students. Now FEE is calling on you. Are you a FEE

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2013-2014 Washington Fellows Program: Extended Deadline!

Are you a mid-career young professional in the D.C. area interested in learning more about conservative thought? Are you also interested in a great opportunity to grow your professional network? If so, the National Review Institute is looking for you! We are now accepting applications for the prestigious 2013-2014 Washington Fellows program and invite you to take advantage of our extended November 18th deadline. Each year, NRI invites 25 early- to mid-career young professionals to join it’s Washington Fellows program. Its goal is to introduce succeeding generations — not only young people working in the world of politics and policy, but those in the

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AFF Atlanta: Was 1913 the Worst Year Ever?

On October 22nd, AFF Atlanta hosted Carl Oberg, Chief Operating Officer at the The Foundation for Economic Education, for a presentation entitled “1913: Not Just The Fed and Income Tax.” Carl spoke to a very interested crowd in a packed room of over 50 attendees. Mr. Oberg explained that the year 1913 is often cursed in free market circles for being the year in which the Federal Reserve, the Income Tax, the direct election of Senators, and the Woodrow Wilson administration came into being. As such, many liberty-minded people conclude that 1913 was the year that “ruined everything.” With that in

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AFF Pittsburgh: How D.C. Turns Good People Into Bad Congressmen

AFF Pittsburgh welcomed Congressman Keith Rothfus (R-PA) on October 17 to discuss the pressures that principled representatives face in Washington, D.C. Rep. Rothfus shared a play-by-play of the government shutdown to about 30 attendees, and he explained that the hectic schedule and lack of input fromm constituents at home create a hyper-partisan atmosphere where little is accomplished. He encouraged each attendee to reach out to their elected officials on a regular basis, arguing that constituent interaction really does make a difference. Interested in learning about AFF opportunities or events in your area? Check out our Local Chapter Highlights  to learn more! Kathryn

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Navigating the Hill: Who’s Who?!

Navigating the Hill: Part 2 It can be a challenge to figure out who to contact in a congressional office, because the job titles don’t always make it clear. How is a Legislative Assistant different than a Legislative Correspondent? Should you contact committee staff or personal office staff? Knowing who does what and contacting the correct person makes it more likely that your request will get answered and you’ll start off on the right foot with that office.  House and Senate personal offices are similar in structure, though Senate offices typically have larger staffs. The Staff Assistant is who you

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AFF Columbus: Can Conservatives and Libertarians Get Along?

AFF Columbus, The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy, The Fund for American Studies, and The Federalist Society’s Columbus Lawyers Chapter joined forces to host Donald J. Devine to a packed house of 75 individuals at Due Amici in downtown Columbus, Ohio.  Currently the Vice Chairman of the American Conservative Union, Mr. Devine previously served under President Ronald Reagan as his Director of Personnel Management. He is also the author of America’s Way Back: Reclaiming Freedom, Tradition, and Constitution which discusses where things went wrong in American politics and proposes that a solution to that problem lies in the “fusion” of conservative and

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AFF Member Rob Montz and Uber Wars: How D.C. Tried to Kill a Great New Ride Technology

Uber Wars: How D.C. Tried to Kill a Great New Ride Technology Let’s be honest, when your Uber Lincoln Navigator arrives to pick you up, you feel a little bit like a Kardashian or Frank Underwood. Uber, the popular and fast-growing tech start-up company, now in twenty other countries, and two dozen U.S. cities, is a smartphone app that with a touch of your screen and a cashless transaction, a driver will arrive at your destination. If you happen to be on an intern budget or the town cars just aren’t your style, the Uber also provides regular taxis as well as the recently added UberX feature, which

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FEE President Larry Reed Gives Career Advice to AFF Austin

Together with the Foundation for Economic Education, the Austin chapter of America’s Future Foundation welcomed FEE President Larry Reed to join liberty-minded professionals for a downtown reception and dinner on Friday, October 11.   As the special guest, Reed spoke to the crowd about his work in the liberty movement including thoughts on monetary policy, presidential politics, and guidance for the next generation of leaders. He provided suggested reading recommendations that helped to shape his own world view and encouraged attendees to never stop learning. With recently published FEE materials in hand, Reed inspired all attendees to continue the fight

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Working Your Way Up: Be Knowledgeable, Not Just Opinionated

This post is an excerpt from the Institute for Humane Studies’ guide to Creating Your Path to a Public Policy Career. Become a knowledgeable person, rather than merely an opinionated person. If you know something, rather than merely opine a lot, people will come to you for your opinion. And here’s something I’ve learned the hard way: if you go around correcting mistakes made by others without being asked—that is, if you are aggressively opinionated—they will (amazing!) resent you and find you irritating. It’s better if you demonstrate your knowledge in a less aggressive way, after which you’re likely to

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AFF Leadership Dinner Welcomes Heather R. Higgins as Keynote Speaker

America’s Future Foundation is pleased to announce Heather R. Higgins as the keynote speaker for its upcoming AFF Leadership Dinner.  As President and CEO of Independent Women’s Voice, Heather is a prominent leader in the fight for freedom and we are delighted that she has agreed to give remarks at this special event. The Leadership Dinner will take place Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at famed D.C. restaurant The Monocle. The evening will begin with a hosted reception and Heather will deliver remarks following our gourmet dinner service. Reception: 6:30-7:30pm Dinner and Remarks: 7:30-9:00pm The Leadership Dinner series has become one of AFF’s most popular programs. Each Leadership Dinner provides

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TONIGHT: AFF DC Hosts Its October Roundtable!

Wondering what to do tonight? Sick of the same old D.C. happy hour scene? It’s not too late to ditch the Thursday routine and  join AFF DC TONIGHT instead! AFF’s October Roundtable will kick off at 6:30pm with a great reception followed by a panel of young professionals weighing in on one of today’s most important issues: Health Care. Expect a lively discussion of the question: Obamacare: To Defund, Delay or Defy? Tonight’s line-up includes: Sean Riley: Director of the Health and Human Services Task Force, ALEC Ron Henry: President, Men’s Health Network Hadley Heath: Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Forum Josh Trent: Health Policy Advisor,

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