Thursday, November 06, 2014

Dr. Block Comes to Columbia, Regional Liberty Conference

CUL has two exciting events coming up!

1) Dr. Walter Block will be speaking this Monday (Nov. 10th) in Hamilton 702 about several economics greats: Smith, Hayek, and Mises. A flyer for the event is below. Anyone interesting in having dinner with Dr. Block before the talk or drinks with him afterwards should reply to this email indicating as such.

2) We also have an exciting conference in partnership with SFL coming up on November 15th. Here’s a registration link:

Hope you'll be able to make it to both of these great events.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Film Screening

Join CUL on April 30th at 6PM in Lerner 569 for a free film screening of 100 Signatures. This documentary follows a teacher running for Congress as an independent. After the film, a Q&A of the film and the producer will follow. As small "l" libertarians, we're very sympathetic to principled candidates of all parties, and we're very excited to discuss the subject after this screening!

For more information, check out the Facebook event.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

4/23 Elections

Do you want to get more involved with CUL? This is your chance. We will be holding elections for next year's officers on Wednesday, April 23rd. All positions and responsibilities are listed below. This post will be updated with more information as election day approaches, and we will also be posting updates on our Facebook page. Be sure to check back often, and do consider running for office!


  • Delegating tasks to club members
    • Ensuring board members are fulfilling their responsibilities 
  • Being the “face” of the club
    • Public spokesperson/representative
  • Maintaining contact with and being available to other clubs’ leaders
  • Responsible for E-Board meetings
    • Voting
  • Lead an effort to construct/update a “Constitution” for CUL

Director of Public Relations

  • Intergroup Affairs
    • Stays on other clubs email lists and looks for opportunities to cosponsor events
    • Responsible for interacting with clubs that we may have intersecting interests with, like CUCR, an Objectivist club, etc.
    • Contacts other clubs for joint/cosponsor events
  • Promotes CUL events by taking out adds in Bwog or Spec
  • Getting at least one article out a semester by talking to Spectator, Bwog, Columbia Political Review, and anyone else about opportunities for written responses to policy or other Op-Eds
    • Finding a CUL member to write


  • Keeping track of club finances
    • Budget (making sure it’s legal, ethical, etc.)
  • Responsible for filling out FTFs for both CUL events and Co-sponsorships
  • Responsible for ALL room bookings by default, unless another member volunteers
  • SGB rep!
    • Attends Town hall meetings
    • Handles budget requests
  • Responsible for fundraising

Communications Officer

  • Weekly Emails 
    • Synthesizing and compiling information about events from club members and from outside relevant organizations and events
    • Sending mass email out at a set, predictable time (i.e. every Monday morning)
    • Responsible for making the email look professional and easy to read and maintaining membership list
  • Monitoring meetings and events
    • Sign-in sheet/attendance record (for every meeting and event, to keep track of every member’s dedication)
    • Typing up important notes for every meeting, which will be kept in an online database
    • Voting records
  • Creative: (*Note – could be another position)
    • Making unique flyers for each event
    • Coming up with other creative content for the club
  • In charge of CUL’s online presence – website/blog, Facebook, other social networking

Director of Operations

  • Recruitment:
    • Organizing tabling at special times
    • Activities Day in September every year
    • Activities day in January?
    • Days on Campus in April
    • Other opportunities as they come up (i.e. Chinese Cultural Night)
    • CUL’s own events
    • At least one regular tabling each semester
    • Recruiting new members!!
  • Debate:
    • Talking to CPU, and all other groups, on a regular basis about organizing debates.
    • Going to the meetings with said groups to work out details of the debates
    • Finding a member of our group to participate
  • Social:
    • Charitable outreach
    • Social events

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Judge in NYC on April 21st

Judge Andrew Napolitano:
"Do We Still Have a Constitution?"
Monday, April 21, 6:00 p.m.
New York University School of Law 
245 Sullivan St., NY 10012 (Furman Hall, 9th Floor) 
Judge Andrew Napolitano, one of America's staunchest advocates for individual liberty, will discuss the present-day assault on the Constitution, from NSA spying, to Obamacare's mandates, to the President's rule by executive fiat. What does it mean to have a Constitution in a world where natural rights -- speech, press, worship, self-defense, travel, bodily integrity, privacy, etc. -- are constantly infringed by the President and Congress, and the courts abide by refusing to enforce constitutional guarantees?

This event is open to the public. Please feel free to forward this invitation to friends and colleagues. Refreshments will be provided. 

Judge Napolitano is a senior judicial analyst at Fox News and distinguished visiting professor of law at Brooklyn Law School. He is the author of seven books on the U.S. Constitution, including two New York Times best sellers.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Update on the two Walter Block lectures

Attention: Both events with Dr. Block, scheduled for this coming Thursday and Friday, have been cancelled. Unfortunately Dr. Block will not be able to join us as originally planned, but we will work hard to bring him back to Columbia University in the Fall.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tickets to Walter Block lectures

Note that both events have been cancelled.

Both Walter Block lectures are free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please register for either event at the following links and bring the printed receipt to the event for guaranteed admission:

“Adam Smith, F.A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises”:

“Me and the NY Times":

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Professor Walter Block coming to Columbia University

Professor Walter Block will be coming to Columbia University on March 27th and 28th. He will give two very different speeches: One about historical heavyweights of economics, and one about a current controversy which Dr. Block still finds himself in, thanks to the NY Times.

Walter E. Block, "Adam Smith, F.A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises"
Smith, Hayek and Mises are not only important figures in economics, but in ethics and political philosophy too. The former would have won the Nobel Prize in economics, if this award were given during his lifetime. The middle mentioned one actually did have this honor bestowed upon him, in 1974. The latter, should have won this too, but, scandalously, did not. These three are very important for students in that modern economics courses, and economists, tend to ignore all of them, particularly the latter two, who were members of the Austrian School of economics. My lecture will attempt to right this imbalance.
Thursday, March 27, 8:30pm
312 Mathematics Building, Columbia University (entrance at 116th and Broadway)

Walter E. Block, "Me and the NY Times"
Friday, March 28, 7:30pm
Although I spent several hours with their journalist trying to explain the libertarian philosophy to him, the article he wrote managed to totally misconstrue this philosophy, at least where I was concerned. It went so far as to attribute to me the view that actual slavery in the U.S. was not “so bad.” In this lecture I intend to correct the record. I will also discuss a related issue: the critical view that most libertarians have about the so-called Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Wien Hall ground floor lounge, Columbia University (entrance at 116th between Amsterdam Ave. and Morningside Dr.)

For background information about what has been happening with regards to Dr. Block and the NYT, follow the discussion with the links below:

From Professor Jo Ann Cavallo of Columbia University to President Wildes of Loyolla:
Tom Woods:
Walter's response:

Other responses:
February 15:

February 14:

Lingenfelter, Jonathan. 2014. “Wildes’ letter assumed too much.”;

Lew Rockwell's response to NY Times article:

Tom DiLorenzo also has a response regarding the journalist: