Friday, April 29, 2011

YAL@VU Finishes Spring 2011 Semester

It's hard to believe our first year is over.  Finals are finishing up next week and students will be headed home for the summer.  It's been a great semester and a great first year here at Vanderbilt.  Check out all the great activities we've participated in this year.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Paper vs. Gold and Silver Debate Recap

YAL Vandy hosted our economics debate event Thursday night.  We were glad to see a good turnout and an interested audience.  Both Dr. Murphy and Professor Crucini offered intelligent viewpoints.  During our Q&A, our audience was eager to ask questions.

The reception afterwards was a great opportunity for the audience to get to know our guest speakers better and learn more.

Anyone who wants to learn more about this topic can watch this informative video produced by the Mises Institute:

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Press Release: Paper vs. Metal Currency Debate at Vanderbilt

CONTACT:  Kenny Tan, President, Young Americans for Liberty at Vanderbilt University

Paper vs. Metal Currency Debate at Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, TN— On Thursday, April 21st, the Young Americans for Liberty at Vanderbilt University will host a discussion at 5:00 P.M. in Vanderbilt’s Commons Center room 235/237.  Austrian School economist Dr. Robert Murphy and Vanderbilt Professor of Economics Mario Crucini will debate the topic of “Paper Money vs. Gold and Silver.”

“Since abandoning the gold standard in 1971, the U.S. dollar has persistently lost value.  This inflation has severally hurt the average citizen by secretly robbing them of their savings and forcing them to pay more and more for basic necessities,” said Kenny Tan, President of YAL at Vanderbilt.  “We hope that this event will encourage people to rethink how they manage their savings and perhaps even encourage the state of Tennessee to consider passing legislation similar to the Constitutional Tender legislation which was passed and signed into law in Utah last month.”

The goal of the program is to educate students and other members of society on the pros and cons of a fiat currency, such as the Federal Reserve Notes used in the United States, the historical usage of precious metals as currency, and the ongoing argument between supporters of each.  The event is free and open to the public with a catered gourmet reception to be held after the hour-long debate.

For more information on this event, please contact Kenny Tan at

YAL at Vanderbilt University is part of Young Americans for Liberty, a national network of more than 190 chapters which grew out of the 2008 presidential election’s Students for Ron Paul. YAL seeks to recruit, train, educate, and mobilize students on the ideals of individual liberty and the U.S. Constitution.
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Atlas Shrugged Event Recap

Many new people attended our latest event, Atlas Shrugged Movie Preview and Discussion. The event went well and the discussion was interesting, to say the least.  But for some people, the topics were a bit obscure.  Special thanks to our guest speaker, Christopher Cotter.  And of course, I must credit T.J. McCubbin for being a stanch counterbalance to objectivism.  Tomorrow night, eleven of us will be meeting for dinner with local Nashville community members and we'll be going to see Atlas Shrugged Part 1 in theaters.

Anyone who wants to view an extended playlist of the videos we showed at the event can click here.

And of course, credits to UnCommons Catering for the food setup.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Who is John Galt?

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Thursday, April 14 · 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Commons Center 237