July 21, 2014 – My name is Elliot Engstrom[, and I am Director of Communications at Young Americans for Liberty (YAL). YAL was built on the success of Students for Ron Paul during Dr. Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign. Our goal is to identify, educate, train, and mobilize youth activists committed to winning on principle.
I first became involved in the liberty movement after spending the fall of 2008 living in Dijon, France. While I was not yet well-schooled on the philosophy of liberty or the perils of big government, I had developed a healthy skepticism of large state systems. This skepticism led me to investigate alternatives to the status quo, and that is when I came across a certain Texas Congressman and his student organizations.
Upon returning to the United States, I joined YAL at Wake Forest University. Throughout the rest of my undergraduate years and my time in law school at the University of Georgia, I was an active member of the organization. After spending a year working in my hometown of Charlotte, I had the amazing opportunity to join YAL’s full-time staff in the DC area — and how could I say no? I now am responsible for managing YAL’s email communications and keeping our blog and website up to date, among other things.
Dr. Paul’s presidential runs were significant in that they provided the liberty movement with a united front. I am glad to see that Voices of Liberty will now be extending that front well beyond Dr. Paul’s campaigns. In politics ideas are important, but ideas mean nothing if we do not present them in an organized, appealing, and convincing manner — thus my participation in this new endeavor. By combining voices from throughout the liberty movement, we should be able to create something truly special.
I look forward to seeing how far we are able to project the message of freedom using this new platform, as well as reading content from other contributors!