My Big Announcement at FreedomFest 2007

FreedomFest was an overall success, with over 1,000 paid attendees.  Several organizations joined us at the last minute including Koch Foundation, Acton Institute (to show their film “The Call of the Entrepreneur” — very impressive), Reason editor Nick Gillespie, and Richard Viguerie.  On Saturday, members of Governor Schwarzenegger team came to see FreedomFest and especially to hear John Mackey speak on “Conscious Capitalism.”

Our surveys showed that attendees were wealthy supporters of freedom and rated the conference highly with comments such as “off the charts” and “best conference I’ve ever attended.”

C-SPAN filmed several seasons at FreedomFest, so you might see it on Book TV and C-SPAN 1 from time to time.  (C-SPAN has already aired Congressman Ron Paul’s address at FreedomFest.)
The highlight was the Big Debate between Dinesh D’Souza/Larry Abraham (the conservatives) and Congressman Ron Paul/Doug Casey (the libertarians) on US foreign policy.  It was the BEST debate I’ve ever seen.  It was filmed for Book TV, so I hope you will see it soon.
On Saturday on 07-07-07 I made a “big announcement” (see below).  Please pass along to your friends.
Someday I hope to build an actual Museum of Free-Market Economics, perhaps in New York.  It was my intent to convert the old 35-room FEE mansion here in Irvington, New York, into a Museum when I became president of FEE, and name it after the founder Leonard E. Read.  But that was unworkable.  Now at least the Museum of Free-Market Economics is a “virtual” reality!

FreedomFest 2008 is scheduled for July 10-12, 2008, at Bally’s/Paris Resort. 7-11 in Vegas.  Hope you can make it.
In liberty, AEIOU,
Mark Skousen
Producer, FreedomFest
Free-Market Hall of Fame and Museum
Announced at FreedomFest 2007
July 7, 2007
Las Vegas (7-7-07):  Mark Skousen, producer of FreedomFest, announced today the creation of the Museum of Free-Market Economics and the Free-Market Hall of Fame. Both sites will be developed over the next few months on the website,
Freedom Fest is the world’s largest annual festival where “free minds meet” to celebrate “great books, great ideas, and great thinkers” in a liberal, open-minded society.  It is independent, non-partisan, and not affiliated with any organization or think tank.  The July 4-7, 2007 conference attracted over 1,000 attendees.
“It’s time we honored all the great teachers, writers, business leaders, legislators, and think tanks that have advanced the cause of liberty,” Skousen said on Saturday morning.
The election of individuals to the Free Market Hall of Fame will be announced annually and an induction ceremony will occur at each FreedomFest conference. The next FreedomFest will be held July 10-12, 2008, at Bally’s/Paris Resort in Las Vegas. The induction ceremony will honor five individuals each year, living or dead. A lecture on or by each honoree will take place during the 3-day conference.
Nominations for the Free-Market Hall of Fame are open to the public and can be made by anyone by going to Individuals can vote for or nominate individuals who they believe should be in the Free Market Hall of Fame. Write-ins are permitted.
The categories will include the following:
1. Academic economists
2. Journalists and writers
3. Business leaders
4. Legislators and government officials
5. Think tanks
A select group of economists and other free-market supporters will make the final decision and vote on upcoming Hall of Fame members.
The Museum of Free-Market Economics
The website will also include the Museum of Free-Market Economics. The Museum will include:
1. A short biography and pictures of each member of the Free-Market Hall of Fame, along with links to books and articles by or about these individuals.
2. The Story of Free-Market Economics, from ancient times to the present day, with chapters on Adam Smith, the classical economists, the Austrian and Chicago schools of free-market economics, written in an historical context.
3. A Free-Market Hall of Shame, highlighting the critics of free-market economics (such as Marx, Veblen, and Keynes).
4. A virtual bookstore of recommended free-market books.
5. A link to prominent market-friendly websites and think tanks.
For comments and suggestions on the Museum of Free-Market Economics and the Free-Market Hall of Fame, write to Ron Holland, Curator, at [email protected].FreedomFest will announce soon when the Museum and Hall of Fame website is up and running. To receive this announcement, sign up here:
Contact information:
Ron or Tami Holland
P. O. Box 1213
Mars Hill, North Carolina 28754

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