As of now, we have received about a dozen submissions for the Student Libertarian Book Project, but are eager to receive more. The following is the original call for papers that posted last month. Anyone interested in contributing please contact us or send in your brief submission abstract by this Friday, March 26. (Read document in PDF) It is a known fact that today 80-90% of the academic world is composed of self-identified modern liberals, and of the remaining portion of intellectuals, mainstream conservatism is the philosophy that most espouse. The combined forces of this majority of academia are professing the socialist statism of a total welfare-warfare state to the young minds of impressionable students across the globe. Therefore, it is no surprise that we, the sons and daughters, the pupils of liberty in the classical liberal tradition, are often misunderstood and ousted by our professors and peers for our philosophy and theories. Now is the time for us, the new crop of libertarians, to plant the seed of understanding and ideological change in the minds of the students and faculty of universities everywhere.
We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to be a part of a student libertarian book project. Under the working title Students of the Free Market: A Handbook for the Student Libertarian, the purpose of the work is to give libertarian analyses and stances on current events and topics on college campuses from the student perspective.
The book will be a compilation of essays, each occupying a chapter of the text, pertaining to a common issue on university campuses. Each chapter will explain the topic and any relevant objective information pertaining to it, the mainstream or most-publicized response to the issue, and the libertarian argument including both the stance and reasoning supporting the position. (We envision the book taking the shape of Rothbard’s For A New Liberty, but specifically addressing the student experience, as a “student libertarian manifesto” by students.)
The following are some of the topics that we think might be interesting, but we certainly welcome manuscript abstracts and proposals for any topics:
capitalism, socialism, government intervention, political parties and political process, war and war activism, environmentalism, racism, sexism, law enforcement, capital punishment, social welfare, corporate welfare, public education, abortion, feminism, gay rights, the arts, gun control, drugs and narcotics, labor laws, foreign aid, religion, social responsibility, business school, common curriculum, liberal education, extracurricular organizations, law school, critical thinking education, indoctrination, student government, school-sponsored events and lectures
We will only accept and publish one essay in each chapter, hence we would like all interested writers to submit a 100-200 word abstract about the particular topic you would like to write about by Friday, March 26. The writers of accepted abstracts will then be notified and asked to complete their essays. We are estimating 20-30, 5-7 page chapters in the form of a paperback book, which translates to 1700-2300 words per entry.
Yours In Liberty,
Erich H. Mattei, Loyola University New Orleans, firstname.lastname@example.org, (504) 889-0142 Daniel J. D’Amico, Loyola University New Orleans, email@example.com