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The Renegade Institute for Liberty

The Renegade Institute for Liberty promotes diversity of thought and intellectual literacy through the free and open discourse of American ideals, including civil, economic, and religious freedom.

About the Renegade Institute for Liberty

Dedicated to preserving American freedom, the Renegade Institute for Liberty serves as a forum for free speech and thought at Bakersfield College. The Institute emphasizes American ideals and their broader Western traditions central to our historical values as a democratic republic, with emphasis on our nation’s foundational philosophies of meritocracy, individual agency, civic virtue, liberty of conscience, and free markets. These ideologies underpin the American Experiment, long serving as the nation’s primary bulwark against the political and ideological tyranny of both individuals and of the masses. As an advocate for intellectual literacy and diversity, the Renegade Institute for Liberty reaffirms civil, religious, and economic freedom upon which the academe and the nation must stand or fall. Through intellectual exploration and reason, the Institute works to preserve each of the above virtues as necessary for a free people and to advance the cause of liberty in America.

Functioning as a resource to students, faculty, and community members dedicated to the expansion of liberty in Kern County and America, the Renegade Institute for Liberty hosts a variety of activities, including but not limited to guest speakers, debates, colloquia, seminars, conferences, book clubs, brownbag discussions, film screenings, and student awards.

"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society, but the people themselves: and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their controul with a wholsome discretion, the remedy is, not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. this is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power."
~Thomas Jefferson to William Charles Jarvis, 28 September 1820

Donate to the Renegade Institute for Liberty

Support the Renegade Institute for Liberty at Bakersfield College. Support a free market of ideals and the ideals of the free market by donating to the Renegade Institute for Liberty at Bakersfield College. Your investment will directly fund Institute for Liberty programs, including nationally-recognized speakers, conferences, brown bag discussions, and more. Please help promote traditional American ideals at Bakersfield College and throughout Kern County with your tax-deductible donation today!

Donate Online through Bakersfield College Foundation. Select "Other" in the dropdown menu for your response to "You may specify the fund your donation is applied to:" Please type "Institute for Liberty" in the "If other, please specify:" field. BC employees may submit a payroll deduction form to the BC Foundation.

Upcoming Events

Zoom viewing of Dennis Prager and Mark Joseph's film No Safe Spaces
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 from 6-8pm

Safe Space Film

Ongoing Activities

The Student Scholar Program. invites students to participate in a guided reading and small group discussion facilitated by a Renegade Institute for Liberty affiliated faculty. The Spring 2020 focal text is Social Justice Isn’t What You Think It Is, by Michael Novak and Paul Adams (2015). Novak and Adams explore the ideological origins and mixed meanings of social justice from diverse perspectives including those of Friedrich Hayek, Abraham Lincoln, and Pope John Paul II. Interested students should complete this application form.

Past Events

Matthew Garrett, PhD.
A Tale of Two Protests: Free Speech and the Intellectual Origins of Campus Censorship (video available)
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Carol Swain, PhD.
Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Christina Sommers, PhD. 
Who Stole Feminism? How Women have Betrayed Women
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Faculty Fellows 

  1. Chad Newton, Professor of Biology
  2. Kimberly Newton, Professor of Biology

Faculty Advisory Board

  1. Matthew Garrett, PhD, Director, Professor of History
  2. Tim BohanProfessor of Education
  3. Ximena Da Silva Tavares, PhD, Professor of Chemistry
  4. Jason Dixon, Professor of Engineering Technology
  5. John Giertz, PhD, Professor of Communications
  6. Michael Harvath, PhD, Professor of Economics
  7. Daymon Johnson, PhD, Professor of History
  8. Erin Miller, Professor of History
  9. Joe Saldivar, PhD, Professor of Biology 
  10. Kenward Vaughan, PhD, Professor of Chemistry

Recommended Readings


Visit the Renegade Institute for Liberty page on Bakersfield College LibGuides for links to information about Western Democratic Traditions and American ideals.

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Greek & Roman Thought

The Early Republic

Contemporary Critiques

  • Wood, The Radicalism of the American Revolution (1991)
  • Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed (1995)
  • Maier, American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence (1998)
  • Peterson, Maps of Meaning (1999)
  • Borjas, Heaven's Door (1999)
  • Putnam, Bowling Alone (2000)
  • George, Great Cases in Constitutional Law (2000)
  • Sowell, Black Rednecks and White Liberals (2005)
  • Shlaes, The Forgotten Man (2007)
  • Ferrara, Liberty: The God that Failed (2012)
  • Bawer, The Victims' Revolution (2012)
  • Murray, Coming Apart: The State of White America (2012)
  • Putnam, American Grace (2012)
  • Shapiro, Bullies: How the Left's Culture of Fear... (2013)
  • George, Conscience and its Enemies (2013)
  • Sowell, Intellectuals and Race (2013)
  • Sheehan, The Mind of James Madison (2014)
  • D'Souza, America: Imagine a World Without Her (2014)
  • Kibbe, Don't Hurt People (2014)
  • Jones, Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty (2015)
  • Sowell, Wealth, Poverty and Politics (2015)
  • Freedman, A Less Perfect Union (2015)
  • Hanson, The Decline and Fall of California (2015)
  • Riley, Please Stop Helping Us (2016)
  • McClanahan, 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America (2016)
  • Vance, Hillbilly Elegy (2016)
  • Borjas, We Wanted Workers (2016)
  • Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (2018)
  • Sowell, Discrimination and Disparities (2018)
  • D'Souza, Plantation Politics... (2018)
  • May, Jefferson's Treasure: How Albert Gallatin... (2018)
  • Scruton, Conservationism: An Invitation... (2018)
  • Reilly, Taboo: 10 Facts You Can't Talk About (2020)
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