The Round-Up at FreedomFest 2019
The Inside Story of Shark Tank and the Wild West of Capitalism "Mr. Wonderful" from the popular TV show Shark Tank will join us at FreedomFest 2019. A fierce defender of capitalism, business and profit-making, Mr. O'Leary will address the FreedomFest crowd on Thursday, July 18.
"I like to take risks. That's how I make money. But they are calculated risks.” - Kevin O'Leary
We are delighted to welcome Candace Owens of Turning Point USA to the FreedomFest stage for the first time ever! She will address the crowd in a keynote speech "On the Other Side of Race: A View for the Future" on Friday, July 19.
"I like to say now that the reason I'm conservative is because I used to be a liberal, and I learned a lot." - Candace Owens
Steve Moore, one of Trump’s advisors and co-author of the new book “Trumpanomics,” has agreed to debate GMU professor Don Boudreaux on “Trump’s Trade War: Art of the Deal or No Deal?” Expect these two eminent economists to go at it in this war of ideas. This is Prof. Boudreaux's first FreedomFest, and he’s very excited to take on Moore and Trump!
"Trumpanomics will work!" - Stephen Moore
In another controversial session, John Mackey will team up with Bruce Friedrich (director of the Good Food Institute) to make the case that “Eating Meat Is Neither Healthy nor Ethical.”
"Food is intensely pleasurable, and people are afraid that if they change the way they eat, they'll stop having pleasure." - John Mackey
Gun control is the subject of our mock trial, always our most popular event. Defending the right to bear arms will be Antonia Okafor, the Texas director of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. Prosecuting attorney is Michael Shermer, publisher and editor of Skeptic magazine.
"I decided that the very definition of empowerment required me to take responsibility for my own life. I wasn't going to be anyone's victim." - Antonia Okafor
This year we will host a debate between Michael Shermer, publisher and editor of Skeptic magazine, and Dr. Hyrum Lewis, professor of history at BYU-Idaho and author of the new book, “There Is a God: How to Respond to Atheism in the Last Days.” The two will clash on all the arguments -- free will, materialism, suffering, near-death experiences, design, and science vs religion. Can’t wait!
"I say you don't need religion, or political ideology, to understand human nature. Science reveals that human nature is greedy and selfish, altruistic and helpful." - Michael Shermer
Richard W. Rahn is an economist, syndicated columnist, and entrepreneur who has served previous White House administrations and the US Chamber of Commerce. A prolific write and author, he.will serve as the moderator of the debate between Steve Moore and Don Boudreaux on Trump and economics.
Latin America panel and the Global Financial Summit (mod)
Wild Cat Banking, Gold Fever, and Bank Robberies in the OId West.
Uncivil War and Closing Panel
Wild Bill: The Legend of William O. Douglas, the Most Controversial Supreme Court Judge and his annual review of Supreme Court cases
Funding Libertarians on Campus: Hostile Takeover or Academic Balance?
The Final Frontier: Moon Landing, Star Wars, and Space Exploration with Catherine Cox
The New Atheists: Pro and Con debate with Michael Shermer
Duels at FreedomFest 2019
The Libertarian Duel in the Vegas Sun
On Thursday, we also have the ultimate “Libertarian Duel in the Vegas Sun” — a one-on-one debate between Kevin O’Leary and John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market and author of “Conscious Capitalism.” Mackey argues that business has a higher purpose besides making money — the true, the beautiful and the heroic. By contrast, O’Leary argues that “business has only one purpose, to make money. If you want a friend, buy a dog!” I will be moderating this fiery debate that you won’t want to miss.
UnCivil War: Can a Divided America Stand?
Americans have never been more divided by tribalism and party politics. Can the gridlock be broken in 2019? Join a special panel on “Uncivil War: Can a Divided America Stand?” with John Fund (National Review); Grover Norquist (Americans for Tax Reform); Candace Owens (Turning Point USA).
God, or No God
It’s time for an encore. This year we will host a debate between Michael Shermer, publisher and editor of Skeptic magazine, and Dr. Hyrum Lewis, professor of history at BYU-Idaho and author of the new book, “There Is a God: How to Respond to Atheism in the Last Days.” The two will clash on all the arguments -- free will, materialism, suffering, near-death experiences, design, and science vs religion.
East vs West
Wild Panels on Wild Topics
One of our speakers, historian Mark Lee Gardner, is the author of the cover story in National Geographic this month: “Jesse James: Rise of an American Outlaw.” He and his partner, Rex Rideout,will speak and perform at FreedomFest on the topic, “Robbers, Rustlers and Rogues: Wild West Outlaws in Story and Song.”
The Final Frontier: Moon Landing, Star Wars
Saturday July 20 will be special. Because it’s the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon, Charles Murray and his wife Catherine Cox, authors of “Apollo: The Race to the Moon,” will speak about the future of space travel and space force (military).
Funding Libertarians on Campus: Hostile Takeover or the Promotion of Academic Balance?
Daniele Struppa (Chapman University), Jim Gwartney (FSU), Don Boudreaux (GMU) and Harry Veryser (U of Detroit-Mercy) as moderator. Marxists are famous for taking over departments at colleges. Is it time for libertarians to do the same?
The Coddling of the American Mind
Wild Men in History
Our “Wild West” is an opportunity to discuss "wild" men in history:
Georgetown law professor Randy Barnett will speak on “Wild Bill: The Legend of William O. Douglas, the Most Controversial Supreme Court Judge,” and his annual review of Supreme Court cases. Douglas wrote his autobiography, “Go East, Young Man.”
Mark Skousen will speak on “Call of the Wild: Jack London, Socialist or Rugged Individualist?” Skousen will review the life and themes of the most popular writer of the 20thcentury. He will also read my favorite London short story.
The Wild West on Wall Street
We’re putting together a special three-day financial conference at FreedomFest called “The Wild West on Wall Street,” with experts on how to arm yourself with the protection you need during these dangerous times. Leading the posse will be none other than Kevin O’Leary of Shark Tank fame, who regularly offers sound financial advice on CNBC.
Paintings, Statues, Rare Coins, and Collectibles of the Old West
Gold Fever: How to Invest in Penny Stocks Without Losing Your Shirt
How to Beat the Market Without Predicting the Future
Wild Cat Banking, Gold Fever, and Bank Robberies in the OId West
The Second Amendment on Trial
The Second Amendment on Trial...with all the mass shootings and misuse of guns in America, is it time to give up the Second Amendment? Is it relevant, or even prudent, in the 21st century?
Some of the evidence and rationale for banning guns from the average citizen—and who’s making the case— may surprise you.
Defending the right to bear arms will be Antonia Okafor, the Texas director of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. Prosecuting attorney is Michael Shermer, publisher and editor of Skeptic magazine.
Plus four star witnesses and the Judge (TBD) and the opportunity for YOU to be a member of our jury.
Don't miss this star-studded and compelling session on Friday, July 19 at FreedomFest!
Anthem Film Festival
Every year we host the Anthem Film Festival, directed by Jo Ann Skousen, and the attendance keeps getting bigger.
Anthem offers the year’s best films about personal and civil liberty. We present movies and documentaries about self-reliance, innovation, entrepreneurship, individual rights, and the triumph of persuasion over force. Libertarian films often point out the unintended consequences of government intervention, but they’re just as likely to be about a protagonist’s personal struggle for self-expression or self-reliance. Libertarian stories can be found in any family, community, or industry. Our best heroes create their own paths; they don’t conform to the expectations of others. When something goes wrong, they fix it themselves. When something goes right, they give credit where it’s due. Libertarian films show us how to make the world a better place simply by making our own lives better.
Enjoy a screening of a libertarian film at the Anthem Film Festival...only at FreedomFest!
Submissions now open!
"Constitution Day" at FreedomFest 2019
This year, Free to Choose will sponsor "Constitution Day" at FreedomFest. Featuring a main stage presentation on the Constitution from the astute and respected Judge Douglas Ginsburg, there will be three additional sessions on Thursday July 17 that look at the new Free to Choose documentary series "The Constitution" - exploring the vital principles and tenets of the US Constitution that give us our current rights....but also are in serious jeopardy.
"Reason Day" at FreedomFest 2019
Each year, Reason Foundation sponsors thought-provoking sessions on current events and libertarian thought. Meet your favorite Reason editors!
General Store (aka The Tradeshow for Liberty, our Exhibit Hall)
John Mackey calls it the "tradeshow for liberty" because it's the one place you'll find all the biggest and best think tanks, grassroots organizations and non-profits, plus financial services companies, coin dealers and precious metals businesses, real estate investing, healthcare companies, and much more.
Whether you are looking to get involved, invest, buy a great new product, meet some terrific new people, get a book signed, have some coffee or a bite to eat, the FreedomFest Exhibit Hall is THE place to gather throughout the conference.
Non-Stop Action in the Exhibit Hall: The Hunt for Gold Begins!
One of the favorite spots for attendees is the Exhibit Hall, where over 100 freedom organizations, think tanks, book sellers, and financial services gather for 3 ½ days. That’s where we have our cocktail parties, lunch sales, places to relax, visit with friends, and play games (try your hand at the “White Mates in Two” chess problem each day).
Terry and Sue Easton wrote after last year’s show, “We had non-stop traffic at our booth!!! Fantastic response. We could not have hoped for a better reception to our new program/project.”
This July we will have something special in the Exhibit Hall – a Treasure Hunt for a lock box worth $1,776, including gold and silver coins! Open to all attendees. Details to follow.
A Rootin' Tootin' Good Time at FreedomFest!
Rip-Roaring' at the Saturday Night Banquet
Featuring the Amish Outlaws!
The FreedomFest Saturday Night Farewell Banquet is the not-to-be-missed celebration that is the perfect ending to a glorious four days of intellectual feasting.
Opening with a festive cocktail reception where you can visit with new found friends and long-held colleagues, the banquet doors open to invite everyone in for an elegant three-course gourmet meal, plus keynote speakers, live entertainment, the Anthem Film Festival awards and music and dancing!
This year we will be entertained by the effusive and infectiously fun Amish Outlaws, known for their enthusiastic versions of classic songs from Motown, country and rock'n'roll through to today's biggest pop hits.
Tickets are normally $250 each but are just $125 for our FreedomFest attendees.
Cowboys and the History of the Wild West....
Billy the Kid and Jesse James: Robin Hoods or Wicked Outlaws? Mark Gardner has written extensively on both of these infamous outlaws. This illustrated presentation will include both factual background on their lives and a review of how the two have been portrayed in movies, art, and literature.
Robbers, Rustlers and Rogues: Wild West Outlaws in Story and Song Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout join forces for this session, which will include a live performance of such famous American folk ballads as "Jesse James," "Cole Younger," "Sam Bass," "Billy the Kid," among others. Primarily a musical session, it will also present brief backgrounds on the outlaws, as well as the stories behind the songs themselves.
Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout will be featured during our Welcome Reception during the Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday night. Enjoy their traditional cowboy music live and firsthand!
A Little Square Dancing for All...
Have a rip-roaring good time at an old-fashioned square dance....right at FreedomFest! With a traditional caller and authentic square dance music, you can partner up, doh-see-doh and do a right-and-left grand with your friends from FreedomFest. No experience or partner necessary. The caller will tell you exactly what you need to know to square dance. Can you walk, stomp and turn in a circle? Then YOU can square dance!
Put on your dancing shoes and be ready to square up on Thursday, July 18.