Igniting the Objectivist Student Movement (Part 2)

Igniting the Objectivist Student Movement (Part 2) from The Undercurrent on Vimeo.

 Short Summary The Undercurrent was founded 9 years ago with the mission of spreading Ayn Rand’s ideas on college campuses through a student newspaper.

Where will tomorrow’s Objectivist leaders come from? The Undercurrent is spearheading efforts to unite Objectivist students and foment campus activism. We achieved some significant milestones this last year, but we have even bigger ambitions for the year to come. Check out our new video and fundraiser which outlines TU’s plans to grow the Objectivist student movement. Our focal project: host a major outreach conference in the fall of 2014. In order to make that happen, we need your help. With your support last year, we accomplished some major goals – with your continued support, we can develop projects which we think will kick-start a true Objectivist youth movement.

What We Need We’re seeking to raise $100k via this campaign to help fund development over the next year. The bulk of project funding will go toward one major related project: a revolutionary “fans of Ayn Rand” conference, where Objectivist and Libertarian students will come together in an effort to educate themselves and set examples for each other. Objectivist students will arrive early to receive specialized leadership training and will later be joined with fans of Ayn Rand. Together they will enjoy a weekend of quality lectures on authentic Objectivism. Objectivist students will leave the conference with a greater understanding of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, as well as polished leadership skills, and Libertarian students will leave with the tools necessary to continue investigating the philosophy. They will have real answers about Objectivism, and will share this information with their friends and fellow club members.

Never before has something like this been attempted. And it’s exactly what needs to happen if Objectivism is going to compete with rival liberty movements. Capturing the attention of students who have a genuine interest in Rand, while they’re still willing to change their minds, is imperative for the success of the broader Objectivist movement. And if we don’t pick up these the wrong people will. In fact, they’re already enticing them with low-cost opportunities to network, so let’s do the same and win them over with the power of philosophy.

The Impact Donations will have a direct impact on the present student culture. Funds allow us to distribute issues of our print newspaper, host exciting events, and offer proper education to students nationwide. Since the founding of The Undercurrent, we’ve distributed hundreds of thousands of copies of our paper on campuses across the country, and we’ve seen many of our student writers go on to do fantastic things, such as starting their own companies or working as intellectuals for The Ayn Rand Institute. During the past 6 months, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in youth involvement with the movement. Our students are more excited than ever about throwing events, and they’re beginning to form their own community. Let’s keep up the momentum and create a culture that we can all be proud of.

Other Ways You Can Help Help us get the word out! Share this fundraiser link via FB, Twitter and email. Tell your like-minded friends about this fundraiser and encourage them to donate and share the link. Do you have questions about our current fundraiser? Comment here and we’ll provide you with an answer right away!

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