Russell is the Editor-in-Chief of the Learn Liberty blog, having also served as Students For Liberty’s Global Content Marketing Specialist. He enjoys researching and reading about a wide variety of topics, including the history of liberalism, philosophy, politics and current events, emerging technologies, and conservationism. Russell obtained a B.A. in Humanities from the Open University in 2016, specializing in History and French. He later graduated from Ulster University Coleraine with a Master of Arts in History.
With a long-standing interest in the ideas of liberty, he discovered Students For Liberty by attending a regional conference in 2017. He joined SFL as a Local Coordinator and later became the National Coordinator for Northern Ireland. Having experience in freelance editing and translating, he joined the Speak Freely team as an assistant editor in 2018, before joining Students For Liberty staff in 2019. In his spare time, Russell enjoys walking, cycling, photography, and chai lattes. He has a keen interest in Irish history and anything involving rail transport or tractors. Russell has also managed an area of sustainable private forest and wetland in rural Ireland since 2014.
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The Build Back Better Act is an attempt by the Biden administration to distribute handouts for specific sets of voters ahead of the 2022 midterms
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To make a coherent defense of liberty, it is important not to neglect the philosophical and moral considerations that underpin our individual rights.
The new Learn Liberty blog will cover a wide range of topics connected to Students For Liberty’s pillars. Our goal is to host a growing library of informative pieces and offer commentary on current events relevant to the liberty movement.
The factions people ally with are going through a dramatic change, but what is driving this political realignment and what does it mean for liberty?
America needs to address its infrastructure woes, but a regressive tax with a disproportionate impact on those who can least afford it is not the way to go about finding solutions. If a federal gas tax holiday is implemented, it should be made permanent.
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The Chinese regime inherently rejects the ideas and values of individual liberty, meaningful economic freedom, transparency and human rights
Students For Liberty invites you to our flagship event, LibertyCon International, in Miami on October 14-15, 2022. Here is some of what we have in store…
Those who care about the ideas of liberty represented by the Gadsden flag must resist its co-option by forces that are completely at odds with what it stands for. The truth about its classical liberal origins must prevail.
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Student loan debt forgiveness can be characterized as a regressive policy in that it disproportionately benefits higher income households at the expense of working-class taxpayers who are already struggling. Besides, Biden’s plan does nothing to address the root causes of soaring tuition fees
The Prague Spring of 1968 has a legacy that proved influential in the downfall of the Eastern Bloc a generation later, and continues to inspire to this day.
Faced with the full-scale invasion of their country and widespread atrocities, Ukrainians stand defiant against Putin’s aggression.
As a sovereign and independent nation, Ukraine’s foreign policy is not a matter to be determined by Vladimir Putin, the United States, or the European Union
In the 30 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the 15 former Soviet republics have followed widely different trajectories.
Lockdown restrictions have disrupted normal life and led to to a range of shocking and bizarre incidents and developments as governments take on new powers
Recently, Cuba has seen an unprecedented wave of protests against the ruling communist regime. Could freedom be on the horizon for Cuba?
What will Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter actually mean for the future of social media and free speech online? What changes can we expect?
The Australian government’s heavy handed response to dissent against its draconian lockdown restrictions is unacceptable for a supposedly free society.
Since the military coup on February 1, pro-democracy protesters in Myanmar are suffering brutal repression and human rights violations.
In recent weeks, the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan has seen anti-government protests on a scale not seen during its three decades of independence
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At present, whenever the world’s attention is not on the controversial Qatar World Cup, it is firmly on what is happening in China. The authoritarian, communist regime, ruled with an iron fist by Xi Jinping for the past decade, is seeing protests on a scale not seen in generations. As more cracks appear, will China’s illiberal model prove unsustainable?
In the 14 years since the Genesis Block, the first set of 50 BTCs, was mined in January 2009, Bitcoin’s profile and impact on the global economy has increased exponentially. Hundreds of millions of people around the world have begun to recognize the merits of the truly revolutionary concept of a decentralized peer-to-peer currency.
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