CFACT at LibertyCon: freedom is key to protect humanity, planet

CFACT President Craig Rucker talks human potential and free market environmentalism to attendees.

The potential of humanity through economic freedom and technology is limitless. That is the message CFACT brought to LibertyCon in Washington, D.C., one of the nation’s largest gatherings of liberty loving young people, run by Students For Liberty.
Through an impactful presentation from CFACT president Craig Rucker, eye-catching activism, and meaningful one-on-one conversations, CFACT’s leaders helped drive home the point that humanity and the planet are better off with more liberty, not less.
“The ultimate resource is human ingenuity,” said Rucker to the 30 attendees of CFACT’s breakout session. “While some would have you believe there is a finite pie of resources and we need to limit humanity to correctly divide it, we believe there is more than enough to go around, and we have only begun to tap the potential of how big we can make that pie for all of Earth’s inhabitants.”

Big Foot poses with CFACT Collegians Director Adam Houser in between discussing CFACT’s message with conference-goers.

The talk, titled “Wild Liberty,” detailed the history of both environmental issues as well as CFACT’s unique approach to speaking truth to power. Topics such as citizen journalism, doing events that grab attention on campus, and writing letters to the editor were all points made throughout the speech and were well received by the audience.
To bring attention to CFACT’s presentation and message, CFACT brought Big Foot to catch attendees’ eyes and spark a conversation. He had some good conversations with interested folks and spread the word about Craig Rucker’s presentation before going back into hiding at an undisclosed location in the North American wilderness.

CFACT Associate Director of Collegians Graham Beduze talks with a student from the University of California.

“I’m confident that we made a lot of headway with liberty-minded students here,” said David Bucarey, a sophomore at George Mason University. “A quick glance at where my family is from, Venezuela, should be all you need to realize we need more freedom, not socialism.”
“It was great talking about how free markets and technology can provide the best solutions to our problems, whether they be feeding the world or cleaning the oceans,” said George Mason University senior Peter Darko. “A lot of people were very open to learning more about that.”

CFACT student Peter Darko discusses environmental issues with a student from Northeastern University.

Another issue spearheaded at the conference by CFACT was that carbon taxes are theft. “Many liberty minded people have no problem denouncing taxation in their lives in the goods they buy, their income, or even their property, but when it comes to the environment many of those same people seem to think taxation might be a good idea,” said CFACT Campus Associate Director Graham Beduze. “Our goal was to remind them that as conservatives and libertarians we preach the free market as the best means to solve our issues – including environmental ones.”