March 5, 2021

Professional Development

Learn It, Live It, Love It: The Help Texas Edition

By: Cindy Cerquitella

As we start the third month of 2021 or should I say the 15th month of 2020,  the hits just keep on coming don’t they? As the world continues to battle Covid-19,  we are slowly making steps to reopen society, but we face many choices about the nature of the world we want to reenter. Will it be one where we appreciate and hold the freedom’s we’ve lost more dearly, or one where our government remains in control of our movements and livelihoods? In this piece by Daniel Hannen he laments the end of the age of freedom. But, I’m not ready to throw in the towel just yet.  How could we let something so beautiful go? 

Let’s recognise the achievements of a market system that ended slavery, broke tyrannies, raised living standards for ordinary people, liberated women and minorities, stood in defence of the dignity of the individual. Let’s celebrate the first economic model that allowed people to get ahead, not by sucking up to the powers that be, but by offering a service to those around them.” Do you agree with Hannen, is liberalism heading into a dark age, or do you, like me, feel ready to defend it even more?

Learn it: 

If you are like me, and still trying to wrap your brain around  the Game Stop hubbub from earlier this month, consider watching this explainer from the Financial Times over on Instagram.  

And for something really tactical, check out this great article on 30 things you can do to make your Google Calendar even more useful (thanks Jo for the suggestion!) 

Live it:

Our friends in Texas have endured a pretty terrible couple of weeks, with freezing temperatures, hours without power and no water. Not to mention, many families faced burst pipes and major flooding. As the state begins to fight it’s way back from this disaster, consider pitching in to help. Check out Texas Forever or World Central Kitchen and support their work on the ground.  

If you’re interested in engaging with millennial political leaders in states across the nation, consider applying to the Millennial Action Project’s Young Leaders Council, you’ll learn about their strategy, and share your advice for governance within your state. 

Love it:

It’s so exciting when AF members gain the attention they deserve, and I’m thrilled to watch Stephen Kent’s brand new show on the newly launched Rightly network. You might recognize Stephen from his musical performance at our Laissez Fair event in 2019.  In his first episode Shoshanna Weissman, a frequent speaker at AF events, joins him as a co-host. Check out the first episode and subscribe! 

As Black History Month draws to a close, I love that many of our chapters have spent the month celebrating and learning from Thomas Sowell through the new documentary, Common Sense in a Senseless World. If you’d like to get in on the action, we’ve got one  more opportunity;  on March 11th with AF Milwaukee online. P.S. AF members got a discussion guide so they could host screenings on their own. Join today to pick it up!