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Our Favorite Part of FreedomFest: It's An Intellectual Feast

Freedom Fest 2014

Our friend Mark Skousen, Producer of FreedomFest, will be posting the official agenda soon, but in the meantime we wanted to give you some of the highlights of Mark’s program for FreedomFest 2014: "Is Big Brother Here?”

We urge you to take the time NOW to go over Mark’s incredible list of speakers, panels and debates for July 9 through 12, 2014, and then join CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie and FreedomFest’s other outstanding speakers and guests by calling Tami Holland, 1-866-266-5101, or registering HERE.

FreedomFest, "the world's largest gathering of free minds," attracts a large and growing audience because it offers something for everyone: breakout sessions, panels and debates on geo-politics, money & the economy, and healthy living with the best opportunity to network with all the free-market think tanks and freedom organizations ....a chance to meet old friends and develop new watch the latest libertarian films....and a time to celebrate liberty in the entertainment capital of the world. It's 24/7 action for four straight days. 

FreedomFest is a "Disneyland of the Mind."

But there's another reason we like FreedomFest. It's an intellectual feast in a fun town. Every year Mark Skousen brings some of the most fascinating, engaging authors and professors in philosophy, history, science & technology, law, religion and economics. There's probably not another conference on the earth that offers such a diverse, stimulating program.  

This year’s FreedomFest will include the following experts: 

Famed historian H. W. Brands on "FDR vs. Reagan: Whose Ideas Will Dominate the 21st Century?" Plus he will lead a panel with Tom Palmer and Jon Utley on "World War I: The War to End All Wars and the Beginning of Big Government." Brands, a popular professor at University of Texas at Austin, is considered one of the finest historians of our age, having written award-winning biographies of Benjamin Franklin, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, FDR, and now working on a history of Ronald Reagan.

Speaking of professors, Mark says he’s pleased that Ken Elzinga will be speaking on "C.S. Lewis and Freedom: Christianity's Most Famous Apologist Meets Adam Smith." Professor Elzinga holds the Guinness Book of World Records for having taught free-market economics to more than 50,000 students in his illustrious career at the University of Virginia.  Ken is also the author of three novels that apply economic principles to solve murder mysteries:  "Murder at the Margin"... "The Fatal Equilibrium"... "A Deadly Indifference"...All three are fun reads. His next murder mystery is coming out this fall, "The Mystery of the Invisible Hand." 

He will also participate in a panel on "The World's Best Economics Professors," along with Richard Ebeling (Northwood), Ken Schoolland (Hawaii Pacific University), and Sean Flynn (Scripps College at Clermont), the primary author of the #1 economics textbook in the country (McConnell/Brue).  Sean will also be speaking on "Why Singapore's Medisave is Ten Times Better and Cheaper than ObamaCare."   

We always enjoy the scientists who come to FreedomFest. This year Skousen has invited David Brin an astrophysicist and author of over a dozen science fiction/fantasy novels including "Kiln People"... "Earth"...and "Existence." He will speak on "Too Much Gloom? What's So Delicious about Dystopias in Science Fiction?"

He will also join Michael Shermer, editor of Skeptic magazine and a columnist at Scientific American, on the important panel, "Will Technology Liberate or Enslave Us?" 

Shermer will discuss his new book "Moral Progress" in a general session on Thursday with cultural commentators Michael Medved and Charles Murray in a provocative panel/debate, "Is the West in Moral Progress or Decline?" As the moderator, Skousen says he will challenge the optimists with lots of examples of cultural decline in the West. The sparks will fly! 

Charles Murray, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and bestseller author, is always provoking us with his talks.  Last year he advocated civil disobedience against unjust laws (he's writing a book on the subject). This time he's talking on "Top Ten Pet Peeves: Confessions of a Conservative Libertarian," based on his delightful new book called "The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don'ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life." Not to be missed!

Philosophy: Who Needs It?  

This year’s FreedomFest will have several controversial sessions on philosophy this year. Andrew McCobin, president of the Students for Liberty, will speak on "The World's Most Dangerous Philosopher: You KANT be Serious!" Ayn Rand once said that Immanuel Kant was the world's most dangerous philosopher. McCobin, who has a degree in philosophy, will decide if Rand was right and what Kant's "categorical imperative" really means.  For years, Skousen says he’s been trying to get someone to discuss this shocking statement by Ayn Rand, and now we'll find the answer. We Kant wait! 

Tom Palmer (Atlas Network) is FreedomFest’s resident philosopher, and this year will speak on "St. Augustine vs. St. Thomas Aquinas: Which Saint Won the West?" Did Augustine's ideas led to the Dark Ages and Aquinas to the Renaissance? Tom will enlighten us. 

Keli'i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and a scholar with degrees in Eastern and Western philosophy, will speak on the provocative topic, "Was Confucius a Libertarian?" Will we come away convinced or confused?  

Mark’s wife Jo Ann Skousen, a professor of English at Mercy College and the director of the Anthem film festival, will discuss the most famous "big brother" classics: 1984, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451 and Anthem.

Great Debates at FreedomFest

Every year FreedomFest offer some great debates. That's one reason John Mackey comes.  With inequality being so much in the news these days, Skousen invited Professor Lanny Ebenstein (UC Santa Barbara) to join us.  He will argue in favor of progressive taxation. Soaking the rich is advocated by Paul Krugman, Thomas Piketty, and Warren Buffett. But Lanny Ebenstein?  He has written great biographies of Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek, but will make the surprising case that a progressive tax is in the classical liberal tradition of Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, and Henry Simons. Steve Moore (who left the Wall Street Journal to become the senior economist at the Heritage Foundation) heartily disagrees and will argue for a flat tax. Dan Mitchell (Cato) will moderate. This will be a most interesting debate. 

Hiking the minimum wage law has also been advocated by President Obama and Keynesian economists. 

Professor Jeff Waddoups (UNLV) will make the case for forcing employers to pay their workers more, while I will argue in favor of a "zero" minimum wage. Gene Epstein (Barron's) will be the moderator.

Last but not least, John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market and FreedomFest’s co-ambassador, will address the crowd this year on his bestseller "Conscious Capitalism," and why Wall Street and business desperately needs a new brand.  Right after his talk, he will be peppered with questions from FreedomFest’s panel of experts, including Gene Epstein (economics editor, Barron's), Tibor Machan (philosophy professor, Chapman U), and Marty Cummins (enlightened entrepreneur).

We urge you to take the time NOW to go over Mark’s incredible list of speakers, panels and debates for July 9 through 12, 2014, and then join CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie and FreedomFest’s other outstanding speakers and guests by calling Tami Holland, 1-866-266-5101, or by going HERE.

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