Last week, the Cato Institute ran an ad in major national newspapers across the U.S. challenging the idea that everyone agrees on the need for a stimulus bill. Over 200 economists signed a statement arguing that government spending will not improve our economy. The ad (available here) was a huge success, and garnered considerable attention from media, public officials (e.g. Sen. Jim Bunning held the ad up at a press conference as intellectual fodder), and citizens critical of further government intervention. As a follow up, Cato is not only running an updated version of the ad this week in national papers, but in addition, Cato on Campus and Students For Liberty will be publishing the full page ad in the school papers of 15 of the most prestigious universities in the U.S.: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, MIT, Penn State, Princeton, Stanford, U of Cal Berkeley, U of Chicago, U of Michigan, U of Penn, and Yale.
In addition to this ad, students and professors on these campuses will be addressing the stimulus in various other ways including:
1. Submitting op-eds and letters-to-the-editor to their school paper.
2. Participating in Teach-Ins on the stimulus. The Ivy League Alliance for Liberty is holding an All-Ivy Teach-In on the Stimulus on Wednesday, February 11th, and has invited other schools around the country to join in on the effort to raise awareness about the stimulus package.
Keep checking back for updates on what students are doing to express their support for liberty and opposition to government intervention in the economy. You can also check out Cato on Campus’s coverage here. What is important are the ideas behind government action, the soundness of the economics, and the legitimacy of the philosophy. SFL is dedicated to educating students and all individuals on the philosophy of freedom.
If you are interested in contacting SFL about the ad, please reach out to Alexander McCobin by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.