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Texas libertarians, do you know where your young people are?
Young libertarians, after all, are the future of libertarianism.
The answer, increasingly, is: they’re organizing all over the state.
The very newest might be The College Libertarians who announced their formation on Thursday at Abilene Christian University.
Many of these groups are associated with the nationwide Students for Liberty network and go by such names as the Austrian Economics Club at UT-Dallas, Aggie Objectivist Club at Texas A&M, Students for Concealed Carry on Campus at Blinn College (don’t worry, most Texans don’t know where Blinn is either) and SMU Libertarians in Dallas.
Others may or may not be associated with LPTX, the Libertarian Party of Texas.
Typical of libertarianism itself, these groups all seem to be autonomous and only casually associated.
The Dallas-area Young Libertarians of Texas, headed by founder and Executive Director Zack Smith and Director of Marketing and Outreach A.J. Prebensen, are looking to change that.
“We are not officially connected with LPTX,” Smith told the Dallas Libertarian Examiner. But groups affiliated with YLT support the LP platform and YLT’s goal is to identify libertarians who want to be politically active and “give them the tools to be successful in outreach and organization.”
“In the future,” Smith says, “there will be a true structure of affiliation and commitment to the LP will be mandatory.”
Smith himself was introduced to libertarianism while in college.
A Garland native, Smith took a class in government at Richland College after graduating high school and before moving on down the road from the Metroplex to Abilene Christian University.
“My prof was a libertarian,” Smith recounts, “and the state convention was in Dallas that year. He offered extra credit to anyone who attended. It was there that I was introduced to libertarianism and I became a Libertarian.”
Smith became active with LPTX earlier this year when he helped create a student membership level for the party and discovered “the dismal state of student organization and outreach.”
Says Smith, “We really only had four active groups. Thus YLT was born. Currently we are focused on the estimated 193 college campuses here in Texas. At some point the goal is to reach out to high school students and young adults.”
Those high school students and young adults can reach out to YLT via their website or Facebook presence.
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