Vote for Your Favorite Libertarian and Get $100 off of Your Ticket to FreedomFest

The FreedomFest/Newsmax survey to find the Top 50 Most Influential Libertarians is out!  Choose among your favorites in politics, business, the media, authors, and think tanks.  Think of Ron Paul, John Stossel, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Steve Forbes and John Mackey, among others. 

Your vote counts! Take the survey here and pass it along to friends and colleagues. I think it’s going to create a lot of buzz: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FFNewsmax50Lib.

Note:   You don’t have to give us your email address to participate.

In the survey, we suggest you choose five in each category. But actually, you can vote for as many people as you wish.

When you are finished, you can see instantly who’s in the Top 50 so far.

The final list is going to be announced at this year’s FreedomFest, our 10th anniversary, and published by Newsmax magazine with grand fanfare. Spread the word!

We’re also planning a special photograph of the Top 50 Libertarians on Friday, July 21, at FreedomFest, right before William Shatner speaks. You don’t want to miss this historic event of all your libertarian heroes.

Take the Survey and Get $100 off Your Ticket to FreedomFest

Please join us. After taking the survey, you will receive a $100 discount off the retail price of FreedomFest. Or register at http://freedomfest.com/register-now/ and use code FS2017 for the $100 discount. You also can register by calling toll-free 1-855-850-3733, ext. 202 and talk to Amy, Karen or Jennifer.

Best, AEIOU,

Mark
Mark Skousen 
Presidential Fellow, Chapman University

Producer, FreedomFest
10th Anniversary of 
“The World’s Largest Gathering of Free Minds”
July 19-22, 2017, Paris Resort, Las Vegas
www.freedomfest.com

FreedomFest 2014 Report

Over 2,000 Look to Private Solutions at This Year’s “Greatest Libertarian Show on Earth”

By Mark Skousen
Producer, FreedomFest

“This was my seventh FreedomFest, and the best ever. It’s turned into an annual reunion with old friends and new who come from all over the country and the world.  There’s nothing like it.”   –Gene Epstein, Economics Editor, Barron’s

Over 2,000 wealthy investors, concerned citizens, and freedom organizations participated into this year’s big show at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas.  They were anxious to find solutions to their financial and economic challenges without government involvement.

The buzz was palpable from the beginning of the opening cocktail party to the gala Saturday night banquet.  “It was a WOW experience.  I heard that from many attendees,” wrote a reporter.  “To see Steve Forbes and John Mackey there all four days, that was something,” said an attendee.  [Read more…]

Open Letter to All Freedom Lovers

From Mark Skousen, producer of FreedomFest

I woke up this morning thinking about “Why We Need to Get Together Once a Year.”  Over the years, I’ve been impressed with the proliferation of free-market think tanks and freedom organizations which are doing their part to make a difference:  publishing websites, special reports and books; holding meetings and conventions; influencing elected officials or using the court system to overturn bad legislation.

That’s where FreedomFest comes in. Our mission is simple: to bring together once a year all the freedom groups and provide a place to learn, network, socialize and celebrate liberty.  And we do it in the nation’s most libertarian city, Las Vegas. We are a for-profit organization, so we don’t compete for fundraising with all these good causes. We try not to promote one organization over another. We support them all. In Hayekian terms, it’s a spontaneous order, with every think tank and freedom organization deciding for themselves what to talk about. FreedomFest is not “my” conference, it’s “our” conference.

The idea came to me when I was president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), the country’s oldest free-market organization. Why not have an annual reunion, I thought, and bring together all the think tanks and freedom organizations from around the world, to talk about philosophy, history, science & technology, healthy living, music & dance, investments, and geo-politics?  We would create an intellectual feast in a fun town, the entertainment capital of the world.

And then invite the general public, concerned citizens, business and political leaders, investors, and young people around the world to join us.  I imagined them walking into an exhibit hall full of booths of think tanks, publishers, film producers, and freedom organizations, highlighting their latest efforts.  I envisioned it as “one stop shopping for liberty.”

I was told, “It can’t be done. Libertarians are like a herd of cats.”

But the founders did it. At the end of the Constitutional Convention in 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “It is a singular thing in the history of mankind that a great people have had the opportunity of forming a government for themselves. We are making experiment in politics. In these sentiments, I agree to this Constitution, with all its faults, if they are such. For when you assemble a number of men to have the advantage of their joint wisdom, you inevitably assemble with those men all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests, and their selfish views. It therefore astonishes me to find this system approaching so near to perfection as it does.”

Franklin also warned, “We must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

We all are doing our best to promote the principles of liberty and justice, but we must do more. We are losing the battle, slowly but surely. I’ve felt for some time that the enemies of liberty are better organized, and now more than ever, it is critical that all the movers and shakers in the freedom movement come together once a year if we are going to reverse the tide. There is strength in numbers.

Milton Friedman, before he died, wrote me a letter in which he caught the vision of this gathering: “FreedomFest is THE great place to talk, argue, listen, celebrate the triumphs of liberty, assess the dangers to liberty, and provide that eternal vigilance that is the price of liberty.” Steve Forbes and John Mackey are our co-ambassadors. They understand the importance of this “focal point” of liberty and set aside all four days in their busy schedule to attend. So do most of the other speakers.    As Steve Forbes says, “FreedomFest is where the best ideas and strategies are fleshed out.  I wouldn’t miss it.”

FreedomFest has been called many things: A Live Wikipedia for libertarians; a Renaissance gathering for free thinkers; the Trade Show for Liberty; the New Mecca for free minds; the Focal Point for freedom lovers; the Gathering of the Tribes; the Disneyland of the mind; the blow-out conference of libertarian gold bugs; the Libertarianism’s Church of What’s Happening Now; and the Greatest Libertarian Show on Earth. There’s something for everyone at FreedomFest.

And it’s catching on. We are growing every year.  Practically all the major think tanks and freedom organizations have caught the vision of FreedomFest and are making their way to Vegas every second week in July. Fox News is now coming and taping the Stossel show; other radio and TV stations are doing their shows there. Thousands of concerned citizens, investors, authors, professors, students and experts are joining us from around the world. Some even change their schedule to attend; they sacrifice to be there.

What do we have planned for this year? Check us out. For a list of all the great speakers, panels and debates, go to http://freedomfest.com/blog/2014/04/25/whattoexpect/ And don’t miss our ever-popular Anthem libertarian film festival going on all four days at FreedomFest. This time it includes a sneak preview of the new film “Atlas Shrugged 3″ hosted by John Stossel.

I know I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.  If not us, then who?  If not now, then when?

Spread the word.  John Galt is calling….

FreedomFest is only a few weeks away. Now is the time to join us in Las Vegas.  Go to www.freedomfest.com to learn more and register.  Or call Tami Holland, our conference coordinator, at 1-866-266-5101.  It will change your life….and maybe even the world.

Yours for peace, prosperity and liberty, AEIOU,

Mark
Mark Skousen
Producer, FreedomFest
www.freedomfest.com
July 9-12, 2014, Las Vegas
Theme: “Is Big Brother Here?”
http://vimeo.com/70558676

Record 2,500 Gather at “Best FreedomFest Ever”

By Mark Skousen

“FreedomFest was a gigantic conference.  It drew many academics, journalists, activists of all ages, vendors, investors, and a huge variety of professionals in all fields. And of course, Laissez Faire Books was there in full force. The level of fun was totally over the top. But the content of every session I attended was just spectacular.” – Jeffrey Tucker, president, Laissez Faire Books

Everyone seems to agree:  Our 7th FreedomFest was the “best ever” according to the many emails I’ve received – from Alex Green, Floyd Brown, Susana Etcheverry, Bert Dohmen, Brian June, and Gene Epstein, economics editor at Barron’sDinesh D’Souza said that FreedomFest has rapidly become “the premier libertarian gathering.”

We broke all kinds of records this year – number of attendees, sales of books at our official bookstore (Laissez Faire Books), and CDs/MP3s.  Numerous sessions, panels and debates at Planet Hollywood were standing room only.  And for the first time we had a major TV network, Fox Business at FreedomFest, along with C-SPAN.  (Plus a nice mention by Bill O’Reilly on Fox News in his interview with John Stossel.) [Read more…]

George Gilder Wins Leonard E. Read Book Award

FreedomFest, “the world’s largest gathering of free minds,” is pleased to announce that George Gilder has won the Leonard E. Read Book Award for his new work Knowledge and Power (published by Regnery).  This annual award is granted to the “libertarian book of the year” which best advances the principles of liberty.

Knowledge and Power By: George Gilder

Knowledge and Power is a revolutionary work in the tradition of Hayek’s famous essay ‘The Use of Knowledge in Society’ and Thomas Sowell’s influential book Knowledge and Decisions,” states Mark Skousen, economist and producer of FreedomFest.  “Gilder makes the argument that decision-makers must reject the deterministic/mechanistic systems of human behavior and build their policies and economic models on the concepts of human creativity, free will and the unexpected.”  His entire book is built around his thesis that “the freer an economy is, the more this human diversity of knowledge will be manifested….Capitalism is not chiefly an incentive system but an information system.”

The Leonard E. Read Book Award will be presented to Mr. Gilder at this year’s FreedomFest, July 10-13, 2013, in Las Vegas.  The award also comes with a gift of a one-ounce American eagle gold coin, valued at approximately $1,500.  For more information on the annual conference, which attracts over 2,000 attendees each year, go to www.freedomfest.com.

About Leonard E. Read

The Read Book Award is named after Leonard E. Read, the founder of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), the first modern free-market think tank in the United States, and its monthly publication The Freeman.  Mr. Read (1898-1983) is the author of hundreds of essays, his most famous being “I, Pencil.”  He was a voracious reader and his FEE library contained thousands of books.  For more information on the Foundation for Economic Education, go to www.fee.org. (Note:  This award is not affiliated with FEE, and the selection of the Read Book Award is exclusively a decision by FreedomFest.)

About George Gilder

George Gilder is one of the original pillars of supply-side economics and author of several bestsellers, including Sexual Suicide, The Spirit of Enterprise, Microcosm, and the Israel Test.  His 1981 bestseller, Wealth and Poverty, had a major influence on the Reagan Administration in the 1980s.  He is editor of the Gilder Technology Report, and a senior fellow at Seattle’s Discovery Institute, where he directs Discovery’s program on high technology and democracy.  Gilder is a frequent writer for major business publications, including Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.

Huge Response to Our Latest FreedomFest Promo

 Dear FreedomFest Friends,

We’re getting a huge response to our announcement that John Stossel is bring his #1 Fox Business show to FreedomFest, with hundreds of attendees signing up so far.

And that’s just the beginning of what the Washington Post calls “the greatest libertarian show on earth.”

One of the reasons people keep coming back to FreedomFest is to enjoy our unique panels and debates you won’t find at any other conference. Here’s 11 new events for this year’s show, all in keeping with our theme this year “Are We Rome?” [Read more…]

Big News! Stossel Coming to FreedomFest 2013

Big News! John Stossel Coming to FreedomFest!

Dear FreedomFest attendees,

Lots of news to report about this year’s big show.  First and foremost:

When we ask past attendees, what famous libertarian they want to speak at FreedomFest, John Stossel is their #1 choice – by far.

Your wish is our command:  We are happy to announce that John Stossel is coming to FreedomFest and will be taping a special edition of his Fox Business show, STOSSEL, at FreedomFest on the first day of the conference, Thursday, July 11, 2013 (just think 7-11). And you all are invited! [Read more…]

More Highlights from FreedomFest 2012

More than 2,000 investors and concerned citizens gathered for FreedomFest last week at Bally’s Events Center in Las Vegas to hear from over 150 speakers, including Sen. Rand Paul, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, Steve Forbes, John Mackey, Peter Schiff, Doug Casey, Robert Kiyosaki, and a host of financial gurus, authors and think tank experts.

Here are some of the highlights:

–Steve Moore of the Wall Street Journal said that the Supreme Court’s upholding of ObamaCare was “the most important and worst decision in the last 40 years.”

–Steve Forbes went so far as to accuse President Obama of being a “hard-core socialist” who plans to nationalize 16% of the economy (healthcare). These are scary times, indeed.

–A standing room-only crowd heard Dinesh D’Souza talk about his film “2016: Obama’s America,” based on his bestselling book, “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.” D’Souza warned that America could be facing another four years of a stagnating economy and further loss of liberty if Obama gets re-elected.

–Wayne Allyn Root electrified the audience when he reported that capitalists and entrepreneurs were going on strike against wasteful, big government along the lines of Ayn Rand’s novel, “Atlas Shrugged.”

–European expert John Browne emphasized that Europe, with a combined GDP of $17 trillion, is the world’s largest economy and cannot be ignored. However, he was not optimistic about its outlook in the face of the fiscal crisis in Greece, Spain, and Italy. [Read more…]

FreedomFest 2012 “Wall to Wall Excitement”

Dear Investors and Friends of Liberty,

I just returned from the “one of a kind” conference, FreedomFest, where more than 2,000 investors and concerned citizens heard from over 150 speakers, including Sen. Rand Paul, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, Steve Forbes, John Mackey, Peter Schiff, Alex Green, Robert Kiyosaki, and a host of other financial gurus.  One comment overheard: “FreedomFest is wall-to-wall excitement!”

It was electrifying, beginning with standing a room-only (SRO) crowd, listening to Dinesh D’Souza talk about his latest film “2016: Obama’s America,” and ending with Robert Kiyosaki, author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad,” speaking on “Be The Fed:  Gaining Your Unfair Advantage in an Unfair System.” The exhibit hall, “the trade show for liberty,” was abuzz with more than a hundred think tanks, freedom organizations, and financial services. C-SPAN was there to interview over a dozen authors (to be aired soon). [Read more…]