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In a Polarized Climate, Libertarian Students Look for Common Ground

Students who embrace a third-party perspective talk about where they fit into campus political debates

February 23, 2017

Their fiscal sensibilities lean toward the Republican Party, and their social beliefs trend Democratic. So libertarian students can sometimes wonder where exactly they fit into the partisan debates playing out on their campuses. Recently, some 1,700 of them registered for the annual International Students for Liberty Conference, in Washington, where they spent time discussing the relationship between individual liberty and personal responsibility. They talked about what it's like to witness campus political battles from a third-party perspective.

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