November 21, 2017 Print

Indonesian highschool students smile for a picture after their book discussion on Self-Control or State Control? You Decide.

SuaraKebebasan.org is one of several online platforms in Atlas Network’s “In Many Languages” initiative. Its vision is to increase awareness among Indonesian youth about the value of freedom and to promote classical liberal thought within Indonesia. It educates Indonesian youth about the ideas of liberty through its news publications, online forum, podcasts, and social media.

It recently went beyond the Internet and into the classroom, however, when its editor-in-chief Adinda Tenriangke Muchtar visited a top public school in North Jakarta to discuss with students a translated version of Self-Control or State Control? You Decide, edited by Tom G. Palmer. It sought to create a dialogue on a topic that is often misunderstood in Indonesia – freedom.

“For SuaraKebebasan.org, having cooperation with university students is part of our routine activities,” said Muchtar. “Having activities with high school students is something quite new for us … We believe that we should expand our outreach to younger generation, particularly high school students by introducing ideas of liberty and free markets and contextualizing those issues in Indonesia specifically.”

By sharing and discussing some issues raised in the book, Suarakebebasan.org wanted to encourage the students to be able to think critically about the meaning of freedom, based on their own experiences, as well as their relations with others. SuaraKebebasan.org reached out to these students in order to understand more about the Indonesian youth’s perceptions of freedom.

This event was an excellent opportunity for the students to learn about the principles of classical liberalism. The importance of rule of law, unintended consequences, and freedom were all discussed at length. This book discussion is a part of a concerted effort to engage the Indonesian youth in the advancement of a free society, and SuaraKebebasan.org hopes to engage more high schoolers moving forward.