Economist Makes Lead Story in the Wall Street Journal….Barron’s….and Forbes

I made the lead story in the Wednesday, April 23, 2014, edition of the Wall Street Journal.  The title:  “At Last, a Better Economic Measure.”  You can read it here:

The editors of the WSJ don’t allow the author to see or approve the headline or subhead, but they nailed it perfect.  And I love the cartoon graphics!  It’s a perfect rendition of my four stage model of the economy.

Many readers captured the essence of my message.  As economic forecaster Jim Hagerbaumer of Florida wrote:  “Skousen is introducing a whole new species. This is one of the most important WSJ op-ed articles in years.”

I also wrote about Gross Output (GO) in the December 16, 2013, issue of Forbes.  Here’s the online version, with charts and response to critics:

My original article in Forbes Magazine (December 16, 2013):

Mark Skousen, Beyond GDP: Get Ready For A New Way To Measure The Economy, Forbes

Additional Commentary by Steve Forbes:
Steve Forbes, New, Revolutionary Way To Measure The Economy Is Coming — Believe Me, This Is A Big Deal, Forbes

Gross Output Includes B-to-B….GDP doesn’t [Read more…]

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…]

Head to Head: “Public Vs. Private Spending: How to Get the Economy Growing Again”

Today’s Orange County Register published a point-counterpoint debate between Mark Skousen and Robert Kuttner on “Public vs. Private Spending:  How to Get the Economy Growing Again.”  See the attached file, that includes an ad to this year’s FreedomFest. 

Public vs. Private Spending: How to Get the Economy Growing Again


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…]

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…]

My Run In with the Irrepressible and Dangerous Paul Krugman in London

I’ve been in Poland and England on a very successful speaking tour — all SRO crowds.  In Poland, thanks for Jan Fijor, many of my books have been translated….In London I spoke at the Adam Smith Institute on “Austrian economics for Investors” and the Institute for Economic Affairs on “Hayek vs. Keynes:  Who’s On Top?”  Needless to say, in today’s crisis mode, Keynes and Keynesian economics are clearly on top.

Speaking of which……

This evening after my wife and I went to “Top Hat,” a fantastic new musical based on Irving Berlin’s film of the same name, we ran into Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize economist and foremost advocate of “crude” Keynesian deficit spending, who is here in London on a book tour.  I asked him a series of questions: [Read more…]

Update on FreedomFest 2011

Dear Friends of Freedom,

I’m happy to report that FreedomFest 2011 was another rip-roaring success. With highlights featuring Senator Rand Paul, Judge Andrew Napolitano, John Mackey (CEO, Whole Foods) and Peter Thiel (founder, PayPal), among many others, the nearly 3,000 attendees had non-stop opportunities to learn, discuss and generate new ideas on liberty and freedom.

We also had the premiere of the Anthem Film Festival, with over 30 films screened. Winners and awards are listed on the Anthem Film Festival website. These narrative and documentary films had terrific messages, strong storylines and interesting concepts that you don’t want to miss. Check out the website. And be sure to part of the Anthem Film Festival next year!

Please see this youtube video, produced by (which was there for the entire conference, conducting fascinating interviews), entitled “What We Saw at FreedomFest” for a nice recap of the conference.

Likewise, you’ll have a chance to view several of the exciting sessions, thanks to C-SPAN’s Book TV. Starting this Saturday, July 30, you can see FreedomFest on C-SPAN Book TV! For more information, go to

If you have never attended FreedomFest before, please consider joining us next year, when we celebrate the Wild West at FreedomFest 2012, July 11-14, at Bally’s in Las Vegas. (Just think 7-11 in Vegas!) And to all our regular attendees, we look forward to meeting up with you once again in Vegas for FreedomFest. Meanwhile, keep protecting our liberties…stay free!

Cheers, AEIOU,
Mark Skousen
Producer, FreedomFest

Hot New Video! ObamaCare – Live Your Carefree Lifestyle!

Dear Friends of Liberty,

Be one of the first to watch this new video, ObamaCare – Live Your Carefree Lifestyle at This video is brought to you by FreedomFest, the World’s Largest Gathering of Free Minds, happening this July 13-16, 2011 at Paris/Bally’s in Las Vegas, the country’s most libertarian city.

This year’s conference will feature speakers such as: John Mackey, CEO Whole Foods, Stephen Moore, editor, Wall Street Journal, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News, libertarian billionaire Peter Thiel, co-founder of Pay Pal and Steve Forbes, publisher of Forbes Magazine. You don’t want to miss it! Plus see the first ever Anthem Film Festival — a libertarian celebration of film.

With so much at stake, and with so much excitement at FreedomFest, I hope you’ll join us! And watch the new video. Let us know what you think!

Yours in liberty, AEIOU,


New Edition of “Economics of a Pure Gold Standard”

Great News! Just released:  A new 4th edition of “The Economics of a Pure Gold Standard,” with a new introduction, by the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE).  This edition tells why more central banks fear the dollar as a reserve currency and are buying gold. To obtain a copy, go to amazon: Only $12 plus S&H.