By Kate Andrews
On Friday evening, former congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul delivered the keynote address to the 5th Annual Young Americans For Liberty National Conference.
Paul founded YAL in 2008 during his first presidential campaign, as an organized effort to attract young people on college campuses to the libertarian movement. The four-day national conference focuses primarily on education seminars, leadership training and developing youth activism and, lead by prominent sponsors such as the Leadership Institute and CATO. Five years since its start, YAL “is the largest, most active, and fastest-growing pro-liberty organization on America’s college campuses, with more than 380 chapters and 125,000 student activists nationwide.”
Paul attended a press conference before he delivered his address to over 300 students, who were eagerly anticipating his arrival. In Paul’s opening statement to the press, he explained that his passion to work with students derived from their “intense interest in the philosophy of liberty.” He declared that young, liberty-minded people were the solution to government corruption and growth, as they will be the most likely to stand up say, “we believe in liberty, (and) we believe in minding our own business.”