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FSP -- General Discussion => The Friendly Forum => Topic started by: Villette on November 30, 2006, 02:38:39 pm

Title: Hello from #7450!
Post by: Villette on November 30, 2006, 02:38:39 pm
(I wasn't entirely sure that this was par-for-the-course around here, but introductory threads aren't at all uncommon on other forums, so I hope you don't mind. If this thread is a nuisance, mods, feel free to zap it.)

Hello everyone! I just wanted to take a moment to offer greetings and tell y'all a little bit about myself, see if anyone else has anything in common with me, see if there are any forum recommendations for me, etc.

I'm 19 years old, a sophomore in college (majoring in music - classical vocal performance) in Nashville, TN.

Let's see, what else... I'm female, Christian (specifically, Methodist), personally subscribe to a straight-edge/poison free life philosophy (if you don't know anything about the sXe movement, this essentially means no drugs, no alcohol, no promiscuous sex) and consider myself a Libertarian (ZAP and all).


My school is Christian-affiliated and seems have a real inundation of Republicans and Conservative students, and would probably be receptive to the idea of the FSP. According to Facebook.com, 80 students at my college consider themselves Libertarian, and 30 were active enough to join a Libertarian internet group -- we're working on organizing a sort of LP College chapter here. :)

I had seen some threads in the Under-21 section that seemed pretty active, but the "Tennessee" thread was surprisingly stagnant being that the main page shows that there are 118 FSPers in the state!

I'm particularly interested in ways of recruiting other college-aged people to consider the FSP after graduation, or at least trying to spread the word about libertarian philosophy.


Anyway, I look forward to meeting you all, getting to know you, and, most of all, a place where the free exchange of ideas is genuinely encouraged, particularly among fairly like-minded and respectful, intelligent individuals... Plus you appear to have a relatively low incidence of trolls. :)

-Villette
Title: Re: Hello from #7450!
Post by: Rocketman on November 30, 2006, 03:38:05 pm
Welcome, #7450!

One of my favorite things about this movement is that up here the Christians, atheists, and in-betweeners get along very well.  We understand that we're all working for the same goals. 

And on behalf of the many free staters who like to party, I promise we will respect your curious decision to abstain from fun.   (Although I cannot promise we will understand it.)  ;)

Best of luck recruiting other young folks!
Title: Re: Hello from #7450!
Post by: JasonPSorens on November 30, 2006, 03:46:00 pm
Welcome, Villette. My sister also majored in music at a Nashville school: she did violin performance at Vanderbilt (which I gather isn't your school, since Vanderbilt lacks a religious affiliation). She's at the New England Conservatory now, not too far from the NH border come to think of it!
Title: Re: Hello from #7450!
Post by: Villette on November 30, 2006, 03:49:33 pm
Welcome, #7450!

One of my favorite things about this movement is that up here the Christians, atheists, and in-betweeners get along very well.  We understand that we're all working for the same goals. 

I have noticed that even when people disagree, it's very respectful. It's a wonderful thing to see!

Quote from: Rocketman
And on behalf of the many free staters who like to party, I promise we will respect your curious decision to abstain from fun.   (Although I cannot promise we will understand it.)  ;)


Aww, c'mon now. Just because I choose to abstain from certain behaviours that I believe are damaging certainly doesn't mean that I abstain from fun!  ;D

 I do appreciate the mutual respect, though -- I still have some mixed feelings about legalisation/prohibition issues (leaning towards legalisation), and look forward to being exposed to different views where that's concerned. And maybe while I'm here I can show that my particular brand of poison-free doesn't mean I'm a TOTAL drag.

Welcome, Villette. My sister also majored in music at a Nashville school: she did violin performance at Vanderbilt (which I gather isn't your school, since Vanderbilt lacks a religious affiliation). She's at the New England Conservatory now, not too far from the NH border come to think of it!

Thanks, Jason! And no, I'm not at Vanderbilt. (I'd just as soon not advertise what school I'm attending, though anyone with a search engine and a lick of sense could figure it out easily enough.) The New England Conservatory has a really impressive program, and is one of the schools I may consider for the master's degree level. :)

It's great to meet you both!

-Villette
Title: Re: Hello from #7450!
Post by: Pat K on November 30, 2006, 05:25:57 pm
Hello and welcome, always nice to have a person around who does not drink, I get lonely.  ;D
Title: Re: Hello from #7450!
Post by: lloydbob1 on November 30, 2006, 05:48:50 pm
Do not pay any attention to this man. ::)
Title: Re: Hello from #7450!
Post by: Villette on November 30, 2006, 06:33:15 pm
Heehee! Nice to meet you, Lloyd, and Pat. :)
Title: Re: Hello from #7450!
Post by: "Hagrid" on November 30, 2006, 06:48:04 pm
And on behalf of the many free staters who like to party, I promise we will respect your curious decision to abstain from fun.

There are plenty of us who don't drink, nor do drugs, and frankly, the parties are rather tame (but always fun) so you would feel quite welcome regardless.
Title: Re: Hello from #7450!
Post by: FreeBoB on November 30, 2006, 07:12:40 pm
Villette -

Welcome aboard!  See if you can get to our Liberty Forum or PorcFest before graduation!

Liberty Forum: http://www.freestateproject.org/libertyforum/
PorcFest: http://www.freestateproject.org/festival/

Brian
Title: Re: Hello from #7450!
Post by: FTL_Ian on November 30, 2006, 09:02:26 pm
As a drug using, sexually active atheist, I say, "Welcome!".   8)
Title: Re: Hello from #7450!
Post by: RichW on November 30, 2006, 11:07:28 pm
Welcome Villette!

Quote
I'm particularly interested in ways of recruiting other college-aged people to consider the FSP after graduation, or at least trying to spread the word about libertarian philosophy.

Several of us are working on campus recruitment.  If you can organize an LP group on campus, please think about inviting a speaker from the FSP to one of your functions.  Let us know if we can be of further help.
Title: Re: Hello from #7450!
Post by: Ogre on December 01, 2006, 07:38:50 am
Welcome, glad to have you here!  Since you're a sophmore, I presume you haven't seen or signed the First 1000 pledge.  But if there's a libertarian group on campus, there's got to be some folks near graudation who might be interested -- why not have them head to NH for their first "real" job?  Grab some stuff from the site and pass it out!  And let people know about the First 1000 if they're near graduation -- that would be a great milestone to reach.  And link the site and talk it up on facebook as much as you can -- that really gets people clicking and reading.
Title: Re: Hello from #7450!
Post by: aworldnervelink on December 01, 2006, 01:25:58 pm
There are plenty of us who don't drink, nor do drugs, and frankly, the parties are rather tame...

But I'm working my hardest to change that!   >:D
Title: Re: Hello from #7450!
Post by: Villette on December 01, 2006, 02:14:00 pm
Quote from: Sethcon
There are plenty of us who don't drink, nor do drugs, and frankly, the parties are rather tame (but always fun) so you would feel quite welcome regardless

Ah, thanks! I'm glad to hear that.

Quote from: Brian Sullivan
Welcome aboard!  See if you can get to our Liberty Forum or PorcFest before graduation!

I'd love to, but I don't drive! I might see if I can convince my boyfriend to make a weekend of it in February and drive me up for Porcfest... Not that I wouldn't LOVE to hear John Stossel speak!

Quote from: FTL_Ian
As a drug using, sexually active atheist, I say, "Welcome!".

Haha, thanks, Ian. It's nice to meet you. :)


Quote from: Rich
Several of us are working on campus recruitment.  If you can organize an LP group on campus, please think about inviting a speaker from the FSP to one of your functions. 

Thanks, Rich. That's a really great idea -- obviously, I've been trying to spready the word about the FSP to other confirmed Libertarians on campus, but I'm unsure of how to approach the more Conservative students, who might few me as a radical and dismiss me off-hand.


Quote from: Ogre
Since you're a sophmore, I presume you haven't seen or signed the First 1000 pledge.  But if there's a libertarian group on campus, there's got to be some folks near graudation who might be interested -- why not have them head to NH for their first "real" job?  Grab some stuff from the site and pass it out!  And let people know about the First 1000 if they're near graduation -- that would be a great milestone to reach.  And link the site and talk it up on facebook as much as you can -- that really gets people clicking and reading.

Thanks, Ogre. And no, I didn't sign the First 1k pledge because I knew I'd be unable to make it to NH in time! I'll still be in school in 2008, particularly if I go for a graduate degree. I've seen some flyers and pamphlets and such on the main FSP page -- some particularly geared at college students -- but am a little hesitant about posting them. All postings on-campus have to be approved prior to posting, and am, as I said above, a little concerned about seriously turning-off conservative students. (Not for my own sake, but because I worry that they'll dismiss the LP, libertarian philosophy, and the FSP immediately, which is not what I want!)

I've been talking it up on Facebook when I can, joined the FSP Facebook group and +shared it on my news feed. I'll probably post a note about in a few days.

Thanks so much for the warm welcome, everyone! :)
Title: Re: Hello from #7450!
Post by: freedomroad on December 01, 2006, 03:53:37 pm
You can fly from Nashville to Manchester for $120 each way with Southwest if you buy tickets very early and for a little more if you only buy them a couple months out.  In May, the tickers are as low as $69 each way.
Title: Re: Hello from #7450!
Post by: muni on December 02, 2006, 09:21:34 am

The atheists among us should respect not only the peacticing among us (which for the most
part they do), but religion itself.

According to the classical-liberal historian Ralph Raico, based on Lord Acton, the concept of
individual liberty came about _because_ of religion. See, among other places,
   http://www.acton.org/publicat/occasionalpapers/histintro.html

Thanks ..

 muni .
Title: Re: Hello from #7450!
Post by: lloydbob1 on December 02, 2006, 10:32:07 am

The atheists among us should respect not only the peacticing among us (which for the most
part they do), but religion itself.

According to the classical-liberal historian Ralph Raico, based on Lord Acton, the concept of
individual liberty came about _because_ of religion. See, among other places,
   http://www.acton.org/publicat/occasionalpapers/histintro.html

Thanks ..

 muni .


Lots of luck with that
Title: Re: Hello from #7450!
Post by: "Hagrid" on December 02, 2006, 07:29:49 pm
Lots of luck with that

For a group filled with political people (and I'll include the rabidly anti-political types lumped in there as they talk about how bad politician-types are in the first place), we're actually very tolerant of everyone's other views on other issues.  The whole "Never discuss politics, sex or religion" thing is broken, in that we often and usually are discussing politics, but religion and sex rarely come up in our group discussions, and usually have a decent amount of respect for other views, at least on a basic level to agree to disagree.
Title: Re: Hello from #7450!
Post by: Ward Griffiths on December 02, 2006, 08:22:22 pm
The atheists among us should respect not only the peacticing among us (which for the most
part they do), but religion itself.

I will respect (or not, based on a variety of factors) individuals who hold religious beliefs.  I will not respect religion.  Sorry about that.  The same applies to other group memberships, be they ethnic, regional, "racial" (I'm human, never gotten an understandable linguistic response from an individual who wasn't), or membership in any other club (if that individual is threatening me with a club, that's an automatic downcheck).

To me, faith is the most obscene four-phoneme word in the anglic language.  I was raised Southron Baptist, but they made the mistake of letting me learn to read -- so I read the manual they claimed to be using.  (At 51, I've been an atheist for exactly as many years as Jack Benny lived).
Title: Re: Hello from #7450!
Post by: lloydbob1 on December 02, 2006, 09:14:35 pm
What he said
Title: Re: Hello from #7450!
Post by: Russell Kanning on December 03, 2006, 07:52:44 pm
Hi,

I can't think of a better reason to post on this forum than to introduce yourself.

Well maybe to tell us you are moving this week.
Or to tell us that you are ready to start a revolution and you are moving to Keene in a week.
 8)
Title: Re: Hello from #7450!
Post by: Denis Goddard on December 03, 2006, 11:07:23 pm
... or to tell us that you plan to run for local office in next year's elections, and for State Rep in 2008!  8)