AudioElections 2020IssuesVideoVoices of TexasCliff Maloney, President of Young Americans for Liberty, and Konni Burton on The Texan’s Podcast

Maloney discusses the organization's move to Austin, Texas, shares students' struggles to exercise free speech on college campuses, and outlines the role their organization plays in politics.
September 9, 2019
In this interview, The Texan‘s Founder and CEO Konni Burton sits down with Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) President Cliff Maloney. In the course of their conversation, Maloney outlines why YAL recently moved its headquarters from Washington, D.C. to Austin, Texas, he shares stories of students struggling to exercise their first amendment rights on college campuses, and outlines the role YAL plays in politics.

“We had a student in Michigan handing out pocket constitutions… and she had an administrator approach her — some bureaucrat — demand that she stop doing what she’s doing unless she goes into what they call their ‘free speech zone,'” said Maloney when relaying the story of one particular YAL chapter member. “She stood firm… They called the police. They booked all three of them in jail.”

“We’ve sued them. We immediately got the codes changed — which is our first objective — and then we even went after damages for the students… sadly, that is the only thing these bureaucrats respond to,” Maloney concluded.

Cliff Maloney began founding and administrating YAL chapters as early as 2011 and has been President since 2016. Young Americans for Liberty purports on its website to be “the most active and effective libertarian youth organization advancing liberty on campus and in American Electoral politics.”

Watch the full interview with Cliff Maloney below.

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Ben Billups

Ben Billups is the Marketing Manager for The Texan. After earning his degree in Economics from Thomas Edison State University, he served as a policy analyst for Texas’ 85th Legislature and later operated an outlet for veteran investigative journalists. Ben is a native Texan, an award-winning filmmaker, and actively competes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.