Guest speaker Bill Frezza tells why students should be more concerned with what our government is doing

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Kristen Peik

Last week, Assumption’s recently formed Young Americans for Liberty chapter hosted venture capitalist, entrepreneur and speaker Bill Frezza. The event, entitled “Free Pizza & Root Beer: A Case Study in Incentives,” started with free pizza and drinks while students began to trickle into Kennedy 112.

Frezza, Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate, traveled from Boston, Mass., to entertain the audience with stories of his experiences as an engineer at Bell Laboratories in the early 1980s and then later on as a venture capitalist in the bio-technology industry. In a time where technology was advancing by leaps and bounds, Frezza was shocked by the limiting and often downright debilitating, effects of controversial and arbitrary government regulations that were government sponsored corporate monopolies.

From phone service to medical treatments, Frezza spoke from about how these government interventions prohibited useful, and sometimes lifesaving, technological and medical advances from being offered to the public. He commented on how unhindered markets and healthy competition within different industries often promote the best forms of innovation.

The club, founded in 2008, is a national organization made up almost entirely of college-aged men and women who value personal freedom and responsibility.

The organization’s founder, Jeff Frazee, was just a young college graduate himself before working on Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign. Inspired by the momentum of the youth movement he observed, Frazee formed the YAL and it has been growing at an incredible rate since then. It is a chapter-based organization with members in hundreds of colleges across the United States.

Some of the students attending the lecture remarked that they had never thought about these unexpected situations before and that Frezza’s stories were eye-opening for them. After the talk ended, a group of YAL members and new guests traveled to the Boynton with Frezza for drinks and appetizers to close the evening.

Today, Frezza keeps busy hosting his own RealClear Radio Hour on Bloomberg Boston and working as a contributing writer for Forbes, Bio-IT World and other publications.

For anyone interested in these topics—or are simply supporters of personal freedom ending the National Security Agency spying and endless warfare—then check out Young Americans for Liberty.

If you are interested in learning more about Young Americans for Liberty at Assumption, email the vice president, Katie Peik, at kathryn.peik@assumption.edu and check out YAL’s website: http://www.yaliberty.org/

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