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  • Emily Huseman

Coffee and Capitalism at Liberty University

Updated: Jun 21, 2021

This past Wednesday, May 5th, 2021, the Turning Point USA at Liberty University chapter held a "Coffee and Capitalism" event outside the Jerry Falwell Library where free iced coffee was given to students. The intent of this event was to give students a little extra energy to help them study for finals on Reading Day, as well as to provide the opportunity to encourage civil discourse about the importance of free markets and capitalism. Students Samuel Goins, the Treasurer for the Turning Point USA chapter at Liberty University (pictured left), and active Turning Point USA member Solomon Park (pictured right) were among those from Turning Point USA that chatted about capitalism with students who stopped by for a coffee on their study break.

"Capitalism is just one of the many reasons that America is an extraordinary nation. Because of the free market system, Americans from all backgrounds are able to make something of themselves and contribute to society," remarked Samuel Goins when asked why he supports capitalism. "Within every socialist, there is a capitalist. For an example of this, look no further than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) selling the 'tax the rich' t-shirts for a whopping $58."

Turning Point USA at Liberty University has held other events throughout the past semester to advocate for limited government, free speech, and the free market, such as hosting a "Change My Mind" table in March that advocated to abolish the minimum wage. Although not all students agreed with abolishing the minimum wage, the "Change My Mind" table gave the opportunity to discuss different viewpoints about capitalism and sparked interest in many students to research economic policies further. While the "Coffee and Capitalism" event this past Wednesday had a more casual approach of talking about capitalism than the "Change My Mind" table did, the importance of talking about differences in opinions and reaching out to students who disagree with the Turning Point USA chapter's values was exhibited in each. The chapter looks forward to hosting similar events in the upcoming fall of 2021 semester.

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