51226SBej1L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_When we announced a few months ago that P.J O’Rourke would keynote the 2016 ISFLC, we mentioned a few of his wildly popular books, including Eat the Rich and Give War a Chance.  Now, as the conference quickly approaches, we’re excited to share that Mr. O’Rourke has just released another book – a collection of his greatest (and funniest) work! 

Looking back on five decades as a journalist and humorist, Thrown Under the Omnibus offers an anthology of O’Rourke’s best stories hand-picked by the man himself. From laugh-out-loud satirical essays to bitingly insightful political analysis, this book has it all. In the introduction, P.J. looks back on this body of work and notes that, “I start out making fun of a second-rate American president and wind up making fun of a second-rate American president.” The more things change, the more they stay the same – O’Rourke’s brilliance is no exception.

In fact, what’s most amazing about this thick anthology is how well it displays O’Rourke’s commitment to his “pants-down Republican” style. While the rest of the writing world was doing up a few of their shirt buttons, P.J. was unafraid to keep telling it like he saw it, in striking detail and artful prose. It’s an approach the Wall Street Journal has dubbed “Laughing in the Face of Despair.” Reviewer Dave Shiflett relates this exemplary anecdote:

Of greater delight are his takedowns of the smug drones who insist they know The True Way. In 1982, Mr. O’Rourke infiltrated an entire boatload of such people who were engaged in the heroic work of taking a “peace” cruise down the Volga River. Our correspondent was truly a fish out of water. Among other things he considered socialism “a violation of the American principle that you shouldn’t stick your nose in other people’s business except to make a buck.” His fellow travelers, on the other hand, were fans of the Soviet state, then under the enlightened leadership of longtime KGB thug Yuri Andropov.Yet Mr. O’Rourke, exercising profound investigative skill, spotted the chink in their ideological armor. These “were people who believed everything about the Soviet Union was perfect, but they were bringing their own toilet paper.” Small details reveal large truths.

This ability to cut through the bullshit and to reveal truth through humor are sorely needed in today’s world, especially among young people who every day sound more and more like the sorely misguided “peace cruisers.”

We’re more than thrilled to have such an insightful mind on the main stage at ISFLC! If you haven’t yet, make sure to register before prices go up at the end of the month, and pick up a copy of Thrown Under the Omnibus today for a taste of what’s to come!



This February, for one weekend, libertarians from around the world will gather in Washington, DC for the 9th Annual International Students For Liberty Conference. It’s an educational conference, of course, but it’s also so much more than that: it’s a homecoming, a reunion, a return to the SFamiLy.

How appropriate then, that the annual ISFLC art show derives it’s name from an ancient Sumerian word meaning “return to the mother.” First used to describe the freeing of a slave, many view the phrase “Ama-Gi” as the very first expression — in language — of the concept of liberty. The feeling of liberty, however, is older still. It’s part of what makes us human, and can sometimes be better expressed by the beauty, power, and possibility it evokes.

That’s what the Ama-Gi Art Show aims to showcase: creative expressions that explore the meaning, the challenges, and the feeling of freedom. It’s your chance to tell the world: what does liberty look like to you?

Click below to submit your creative expression for consideration in the Ama-Gi Art Show at ISFLC16. Feel free to submit any kind of visual, literary, or auditory media, or even an artistic performance such as spoken word or dance! Those selected will be showcased to over 2,000 people at the world’s largest gathering of libertarian students and you’ll also have the option of selling your art at the show.

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The deadline for submissions is December 17th, so get your submission in early!


The official program booklet for ISFLC16 won’t be available until February. If you’d like a better idea of the type of speakers and sessions at our conferences in the meantime, check out our past program booklets. We’ve got a full page of ’em dating all the way back to 2012. Check it out.


ISFLC-2015-hires-1334 ISFLC-2015-hires-1973 ISFLC-2015-hires-1977With ISFLC16 just around the corner, SFL is looking back at the sights and sounds of past conferences on our blog.

Check out our photo album of ISFLC15 with dozens of images by official photographer Judd Weiss.