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Children in a Free Society

From outspoken right-to-sell-tobacco advocate Charlie Smith ’15:

Children are a thorny issue for any political philosophy. Do children have agency and are they truly rational actors? If not what status should they have? Are they the property of their parents, dependents of the state, or something in between?

This then leads to a host of questions regarding the values taught in publicly funded schools and the extent to which parents have discretion in disciplining their children.

Come join Wesleyan Students for a Free Society tomorrow night to discuss these questions and many more.

Date: Tomorrow, March 5
Time: 8:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 111
Cost: Free

Point/Counterpoint: Should Tobacco Sales Be Banned on University Property?

“The document is about aligning the commercial decisions of the University with the values it espouses.”

Well, should they? That’s the subject of a WSA General Assembly meeting tonight in Usdan 108, where President Roth ’78 will make a not-so-surprise appearance and is willing “to talk about anything you want.” (Including Hegel.) (And Freud.) The meeting is at 7 p.m., and maybe I’ll see you there, because it just occurred to me I’ve never been to a WSA meeting before in my life.

According to the Argus, the WSA’s Student Affairs Committee recently proposed to ban the sale of tobacco products on all University-owned properties, a category that most notably includes popular cigarette supplier Neon Deli. In fact it was committee chair Nicole Updegrove ’14, not the committee itself, who proposed the resolution (update: The Argus has amended their article to reflect this distinction), and in a brief email interview with Wesleying, Updegrove defends her controversial resolution against opponents.

Have opinions of your own about the resolution? Good. Consider going to the meeting tonight, where the Assembly will be asembling in a most assembly-like fashion. We’ll highlight a counterpoint from a student against the proposal later today. Here’s our interview with Updegrove:

Wes Students for a Free Society Discussion: Richie Adelstein on Libertarian Ethics

Charlie Smith ’15’s political sensibilities are less routine at Wesleyan than his name is:

Is taxation theft? Or is a government policy as moral as its outcome?

Does capitalism necessitate a system of natural rights? Does the free market presuppose an objective good?

Difficult questions, but surely Richie Adelstein has the answers. Come join Wesleyan Students for a Free Society for our final meeting of the semester.

Date: Tuesday, December 4
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:20 pm
Place: Room 421 PAC
Cost: taxation with representation

Wesleyan Students for a Free Society Meeting

Charlie “Not Mytheos Holt” Smith ’15 welcomes you to the inauguratory meeting of the Wesleyan Students for a Free Society:

Interested in economics, policy, philosophy or discussion?

Do you have a sneaking suspicion that governments don’t function very well?

Sick of hearing from the two main political parties?

Come to Wesleyan Students for a Free Society. A libertarian, free market, classical liberal orientated group hoping to stimulate discussion on campus. All opinions and view points are welcome!

Date: Tuesday, September 25
Time: 8:00 pm – 9:20 pm
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 113 (Klingher Classroom)