Taliesin Nexus, an educational nonprofit based in Los Angeles, is offering workshops at UCLA this August for pro-liberty students eyeing a career in film, television and/or publishing.

Taliesin Nexus’s workshop faculty is comprised of seasoned creative professionals currently working in their chosen fields as screenwriters, producers, novelists, talent reps, etc. with credits like NBC’s The Blacklist, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, The Simpsons, and That ‘70s Show, and blockbuster movies like Noah, Braveheart, Elf, American Pie, and Liar Liar.

The workshops are completely free — tuition, room and board, and travel are all covered.

The programs include the “Apollo Workshop” (for film and TV aspirants) and the “Calliope Workshop” (for new novelists and nonfiction book authors) in addition to the following:

The Liberty Lab for Film: TN provides a $10,000 grant each to seven teams (of two filmmakers each) to make a short film or web series with a liberty-related theme over the summer. Each team will be assigned a mentor from among their experienced faculty of Hollywood pros who will provide guidance and feedback along the way. Last year, TN screened the completed films in October at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Linwood Dunn Theatre in Hollywood before an audience of industry insiders.

Odysseus Fellowship: This is a paid three-month internship program that places interns with leading Hollywood production companies such as Image Movers (Polar Express, Cast Away), Disruption Entertainment (Noah, Godzilla), and Mpower Pictures (Passion of the Christ). Interns receive either school credit or a stipend of up to $5000, plus a fantastic learning and networking experience.

MFA Scholarships: TN is offering scholarships of up to $4000 to aspiring authors attending accredited MFA programs to study creative writing.

Taliesin Nexus works to increase the diversity of voices in the entertainment industry, and to train and support pro-liberty filmmakers, writers and other creatives who are exploring liberty-oriented themes.

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Say one thing for millennials, say they appreciate the liberty this country affords them.

They were among those most outraged to learn that their government is spying on them, collecting data on their every Internet move – in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Surveys show many are also passionate for free speech rights, and adverse to big government intrusion and control.

And today, on Constitution Day, liberty-loving college students will remind their peers in a variety of ways on campuses across the nation what it means to live in a free country.

Some 211 campus Young Americans for Liberty chapters will mark the group’s “Constitution Week” observances, parking their “Free Speech Walls” and giant copies of the Constitution in the center of their respective quads. They’ll host free-speech forums, collect signatures against the NSA, and hand out copies of the constitution, among other efforts.

According to YAL officials, here’s what else is brewing on campuses this week:

Eastern Kentucky University is planning a “dorm storm” with over 2,000 Constitutions. cd1

New Mexico State University will host Congressman Steve Pearce for a day at the gun range.

Marshall University will build a giant “Free Speech Wall” to celebrate their freedom of speech and engage their peers on the First Amendment.

California State University-DH will partner with the American Civil Liberties Union to host a free speech forum on campus.

Elizabethtown College will “take liberals to the gun range” and provide them with a free gun safety class and free shooting at the range to educate their liberal peers on the Second Amendment.

University of Nevada-Las Vegas will raffle off a pistol among all their new sign-ups to raise awareness about the Second Amendment.

The University of Kentucky is handing out the two most American things possible…free apple pie and Constitutions!

Shorter University will wear empty holsters to class all week as a protest of limitations on our Second Amendment rights.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

We the people created this Republic, and it’s we the people who must keep it. A wise man once said:

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. … The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and then hand it to them with the well thought lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same.”

Here’s to the Young Americans for Liberty, who are doing their part to defend their cherished freedoms and fight for liberty.

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Oppression is the default government-to-citizen relationship in socialist Venezuela. Corruption, police brutality, violation of civil liberties–all of these are commonplace in the people’s paradise that is post-Hugo Chavez Venezuela.

However, some folks are fighting back. News recently emerged that a group of Venezuelan college students thought they could fight back against the violation of their liberties by–what else?–taking nude pictures of themselves and posting the photos online.

This naked protest movement comes in the wake of an attack on students by a group of government-allied militants known as “collectivos” who view themselves as “defenders of revolutionary socialism.”

I like that cute little name, “collectivos.” How delightfully Stalinist! Or, should we say, Chávezist? (Don’t even try to pronounce Chávezist, by the way. You will injure your tongue.)

We have no love for the collectivos of the world here at The College Fix. And we are sympathetic to the cause of the student protestors. But we do wonder what adding a few more naked pictures to the porn-saturated internet is going to do to stop these thugs from robbing people of their freedom.

Anyway, if you are interested, the naked kids are readily visible online under the hashtag truism #MejorDesnudosQueSinLibertad (better naked than without liberty).

The slogan is solid gold. You can’t argue with that logic. Being pantless is indeed far better than being libertyless.

Take that, bad oppressive government!

Just imagine if the founding fathers of America had adopted a similar philosophy during the drafting of the U.S. constitution. Madison, Hamilton and Washington could have rid themselves of those tight breeches and stifling collars. What a difference that would have made. With such a palpable sense of freedom, the delegates would probably have overcome their differences and ratified a new constitution in a matter of days rather than months.

Alongside freedom of the press and the right to vote, freedom to post naked selfies to the internet would have been enumerated as a constitutional right.

On second thought, perhaps the decision of America’s founding revolutionaries to keep their clothes on was for the best.

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Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

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The College Fix has identified college students from across the nation who agreed that if the U.S. government were to end its unconstitutional surveillance state and warrantless spy programs tomorrow – and the students were to die a month later in some sort of terrorist bombing – they would count their death as the justifiable price for freedom and liberty in America.

Take Hassan Sheikh, a 26-year-old libertarian working on his law degree at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., who told The Fix he would definitely be willing to sacrifice the government’s assurances of security for the reinstitution of constitutional rights, even if that results in his death.

“All across the world … our armed forces put their lives in harm’s way to protect our way of life,” Sheikh says. “Why is it so ludicrous that ordinary citizens might give up the protections of domestic surveillance so that when our veterans return, they come back to the same America?”

Most of the students who agreed to the hypothetical scenario presented to them by The Fix are budding leaders in various liberty movements and groups on college campuses.

Among those students is Adam Wolter, 19, a self-described libertarian Republican studying software engineering at Iowa State University, who said he would “certainly consider my death in a terrorist attack justifiable for the preservation of freedom.”

Wolter went on to say that, as a software programmer, he sees “big data” as far more dangerous to “our safety and freedom” than terrorist attacks. As soon as data collection snowballs into larger and more comprehensive pieces, the constitutional freedoms that Americans enjoy will discontinue, Wolter said.

Bennett Morris, a 23-year-old liberty-leaning Republican and Illinois State University grad, also told The Fix that “I would much rather die having been free than die a slave to the police state.”

Morris said NSA’s security apparatus sacrifices freedom and privacy for the canard of security, adding Americans are probably more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist. Morris argued terrorism is too rare an action to warrant the abrogating or curbing of constitutional freedoms.

Kristie Constabileo, a 23 year-old libertarian attending William Rainey Harper College, echoed her peers’ sentiments.

Constabileo says she considers American liberty and freedom—as laid out by America’s Founding Fathers—to be sacrosanct and non-negotiable. With that in mind, she urges people not to take constitutional rights for granted when balancing security and freedom, saying “I hope that everyone would agree that our personal freedoms should not be so easily taken away.”

Elliot Young, a 20-year-old libertarian working toward an economics degree at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., said that “with all liberty there is a price.”

“There is a semblance of danger in liberty and freedom,” he said. “It is something that is unavoidable.”

In total, The College Fix interviewed 13 students via email and telephone for the survey, most of whom agreed to the hypothetical scenario that in the event that the U.S. surveillance state ended its unconstitutional activities the students would count their death in a subsequent terrorist attack as a justifiable price for freedom and liberty.

However a few students said that while they were inclined to agree with the notion that liberty is more important than a security state, they found it difficult to wholly commit to the idea of a hypothetical death. Other students agreed, but declined to have their names published.

The students were posed the question in the wake of ongoing revelations that began in June with whistleblower Edward Snowden’s disclosures about various National Security Agency programs that track and analyze Americans’ cell phone calls and personal Internet activity.

In defense of its programs, the NSA—as well as President Obama—has explained there are filters in place to prevent the abuse of gathered data, which, the NSA says, helps strike an appropriate balance between security and constitutional freedoms.

Many top Republicans, including former President Bush – who led the charge for the approval of the Patriot Act in 2001 in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks – have also defended the surveillance tactics as a necessary part of keeping Americans safe.

The Patriot Act is what is cited by the feds today to justify their surveillance programs, however many scholars disagree with the constitutionality of their arguments, calling the spy programs a violation of Americans’ First and Fourth amendment rights.

As the tumult around the National Security Agency swirls, more and more young Americans have voiced frustration with increasingly troublesome news of how the NSA programs operate and what data is collected and analyzed.

Various news reports in just the last week have disclosed that the NSA has dramatically increased its communications gathering techniques, and is capable of sifting, mining and recording 75 percent of all Internet traffic in the name of targeting foreign terrorism cells; that the agency has repeatedly misled the court that oversees its American surveillance operations; and that it agents have collected tens of thousands of emails with no connection whatsoever to terrorism.

In fact NSA officers, according to Wall Street Journal reports, have, over the course of a decade, used their vast surveillance capabilities to spy on lovers and love interests. The occurrences of NSA officers spying on loved ones is frequent enough to warrant the NSA giving said occurrences the label of “LOVEINT.”

College students and Millennials have become some of the most prominent groups of citizens voicing their concerns over the situation, deeming it an encroachment on personal privacy and constitutional liberties.

The students cited in this article, in emails with The College Fix, say they understand they are echoing the ideals of those such as Benjamin Franklin’s “He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither” and Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty, or give me death!”

Fix contributor Christopher White is a University of Missouri graduate student, an editorial assistant for The College Fix, and Missouri state chairman of Young Americans for Liberty. He may be reached at [email protected].

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After hearing Sandra Fluke speak at American University recently, one female student wasn’t impressed.

In an op-ed titled “How Sandra Fluke Gets It Wrong,” sophomore Julia Morriss writes in The Eagle student newspaper that Fluke’s feminism charms didn’t work on her, and offers a pretty compelling argument against Fluke’s infamous claim to fame.

“Fluke presents an appealing position: someone else paying for contraception. For a college student on a limited insurance plan, this sounds pretty good. It’s easy to work up self-righteous anger about it. Lots of insurance plans cover Viagra and vasectomies, so why not my birth control? Isn’t this just another example of sexism in our society? It’s not my fault I was born a woman, so why should I have to pay extra for my contraception?

Once worked into a frazzle, we demand our “equal” treatment and push the government to ensure we get it. The result is Obamacare’s Contraceptive Mandate. While there are numerous problems with the mandate, some are especially poignant. It seriously infringes on religious liberty, and it denies any concept of responsibility for one’s actions and choices.

Though Catholics have been among the most vocal opponents to the mandate, it goes against the religious practices of many others, including some Jewish and Muslim groups. To them, contraception is considered immoral for a variety of reasons that they’ve explained on numerous occasions.

But they shouldn’t even have to explain. The First Amendment guarantees anyone the right to their religious practices, and no branch of government is authorized to take away constitutional rights. Religious groups are private institutions whose mission is not only their product or service but their desire to foster an environment where they can practice and share their faith. As a country that prides itself on religious tolerance, why are we punishing some for their beliefs and forcing them into practices they find immoral?

… Another problem with Fluke’s demands is that she refuses to accept responsibility for her choices, a problem our generation seems to struggle with on a continuous basis. We are constantly told that a woman has a right to her privacy and her own body and that her choices are her own. No one else gets to make them and the government should stay out of her bedroom. But then the government should pay for her decisions? If my choices are my own and only I get to make them, why does someone else have to shoulder the responsibility?

The choices we make come with consequences and responsibilities. That is no one else’s fault and no one else’s burden to bear. Live your life how you want. Just don’t ask me to pay for it.

Fluke embodies our generation’s sense of entitlement. As a woman, I understand her appeal, but I also recognize that in an economy already crushed with debt, we should not try to expand government spending for something that both hurts religious liberty and removes our responsibility for our actions.

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Rollins College in central Florida is the latest institution of higher learning in the U.S. to wage war on student religious groups. College officials determined that Christian groups on campus were in violation of the school’s “non-discrimination policy.”

All Christian student groups who refuse to allow non-Christian leaders will cease to receive university funds, according to the school’s new interpretation of its “non-discrimination policy.” Because, of course, when a faith-based group wants its leaders to actually abide by its faith and beliefs–THAT’S DISCRIMINATION!!!!

Give me a break.

Now Rollins has reportedly ruled that students cannot even gather in their own dorms for a simple Bible study:

Four students affiliated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship were holding an informal Bible study in the common area of a dorm suite. Midway through the study, a resident hall assistant entered the room and asked the student leading the study to step outside.

“He was told they were no longer allowed inside the dorm – even with the express consent of the students to do Bible studies,” said Greg Jao, InterVarsity’s national field director. “They said it was because InterVarsity was no longer a registered student group on campus.”

A Rollins spokesperson told Fox News that the rule was simply a miscommunication.

“No group is allowed to hold meetings in the common space of residence halls,” the spokesperson said. “A fraternity was recently in violation of this as well, and they were asked to meet elsewhere – so it was not just InterVarsity.”

Let’s get this straight because the logic employed by Rollins College in this story is very complicated.

1) Four students gather–not to hold an official meeting for their campus religious group–but rather in an informal setting to read the Bible together, and that’s suddenly a “group” holding “meetings?”

2) Students are told to leave the building because the religious group they happen to have been affiliated with is no longer recognized on campus.

3) Campus officials, when pressed by the news media, insist that the fact these four students were kicked out has nothing to do with the religious nature of the gathering, even though that’s what the students were told by the resident hall assistant.

4) The official says the reason the students were given for being kicked out was wrong, but that it is was right, nevertheless, for them to have been kicked out (for an entirely different reason).

Conclusion: If those four students had gathered instead to talk about the weather, or the Lakers, or to share celebrity gossip, that would have been OK–but talking about the Bible made the meeting not OK.

But it still has NOTHING to do with the students’ religion, they tell us.

Makes perfect sense, right?

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