A Special Message from W. Cleon Skousen
Dear Friends of Liberty,
In our January issue of the NCCS newsletter we asked the question, "What Shall I Do During 2002 to Help America?" We provided nine suggestions on how to build a better America and to spread the good news of freedom across the land. Now I would like to recommend a very timely 10th idea for 2002.
My well-known nephew, Mark Skousen, is the new president of The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). He's a prolific author, economics professor and financial writer. (You may recall my having recommended his new book, The Making of Modern Economics, last year.) I'm sure many of you remember FEE and its monthly publication The Freeman. It's the world's oldest free-market educational organization, dedicated to liberty, private property and limited government. Many great conservatives and libertarians have been associated with FEE and The Freeman over the years, including Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, William F. Buckley, Jr., Milton Friedman, Ezra Taft Benson and Ludwig von Mises.
I've always been a big fan of FEE and the great principles of liberty and Constitutional government they have supported over the years. I've read their books, such as Bastiat's "The Law," Hazlitt's "Economics in One Lesson," etc. And now that Mark heads up this great institution, I'm even more excited to help out. My collection of FEE publications goes back to 1965.
What a treasure!
FEE has always shared our NCCS vision of promoting education to build the dynamic culture of liberty and union which the Founders sought to secure for themselves and their posterity.
Rush Limbaugh recently said on the radio, "Ignorance of the fundamental principles of free-market economics is the source of most of our problems and is a national disgrace." I couldn't agree more. The best source of sound economics is FEE and The Freeman, which is now called Ideas on Liberty. Through their student seminars, books and publications, they teach the basic principles of free enterprise and Constitutional government. (Go to their exciting new website, www.FEE.org , for more details.)
I urge you to join FEE and help the cause of liberty and economic education. By becoming a member for only $30 a year, you will receive every month their award-winning Ideas on Liberty, which includes articles and columns by Mark Skousen, Walter Williams, Dinesh D'Souza, Milton Friedman, and many others.
In addition, Mark is organizing a wonderful event in May. It will be the first FEE National Convention on May 3-5, in Las Vegas. I hope each of you will make a special effort to attend if at all possible. The board at NCCS felt so strongly about this convention that we signed up as co-sponsors! Other sponsors include the Reason Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, the Young America's Foundation, and over 30 others.
What makes this event so special? First, it is truly a coming together of great thinkers, great authors, and great leaders. Nothing like it has ever been organized before. Over 100 of the world's greatest free-market pioneers will be in Las Vegas for this event, not just delivering speeches but leading discussions, welcoming your opinions, and transforming the way we think and act. You will get to hear speakers on topics ranging from economics, history, and philosophy to health, music, and literature.
Finally, you'll get to hear Mark Skousen talk about the inspired brainstorm behind this great event. He will also share with you a vision of how we could revolutionize the freedom movement and finally bring taxes, the budget and our runaway government under control.
In closing, I strongly urge you to consider joining FEE and attending this premier educational event of 2002. As Thomas Jefferson stated: "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
Please read the next two pages describing the convention, and then call the number given, or simply register on the convention website which is http://feenationalconvention.org .
W. Cleon Skousen
FREE National Convention and 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration of Laissez Faire Books
Bally's Paris/Resort Hotels, Las Vegas
May 3 - 5, 2002
What are we planning?
On Friday evening at 6 o'clock, we will officially start the conference with a cocktail reception and keynote address by Ben Stein, actor, author, and host of the popular TV game show, "Win Ben Stein's Money." You will not want to miss his speech, "Why Bashing Capitalism Is Big Business in Hollywood." His talk will be followed by a lively question and answer period.
"The FEE convention is a funny, funny idea. I'm flattered to be invited. Count me in!" --Actor Ben Stein
Breakout Sessions on Philosophy, Economics, History . . .Great Ideas !
Saturday begins an intensive, unforgettable learning experience. From 8 am until 5 pm we will offer separate breakout sessions with workshops/panels/debates in the following areas: philosophy, economics, finance, history, science & technology, public policy, and potpourri (art, literature, health care, religion, law, and so on). These sessions will continue Sunday morning until noon, when the conference adjourns.
Spend Time with the Top Colleges and Think Tanks in Our Exhibit Hall
We will also have a large exhibit hall, where tables will display the materials and books of the sponsors involved. These include national and state think tanks and universities which have joined us in our celebration. In the center of the exhibit hall will be Laissez Faire books, which will present a wide variety of books for you to enjoy and purchase. Discussion areas will be set up for informal interaction with speakers and other attendees. This is your opportunity to meet the people whose articles you read.
Saturday Banquet & Gala Celebration of Laissez Faire Books
The Saturday banquet is a not-to-be-missed event. it combines our annual Spring dinner and the 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration of Laissez Faire Books. After a sumptuous meal, you will be treated to a "Dance to Liberty" by Valerie Durham in the Isadora Duncan dance tradition, followed by our keynote speakers, Nathaniel Branden and Charles Murray, and a special tribute to Andrea Millen Rich, who is retiring from Laissez Faire Books after 20 years of dedicated service.
Learn from the World's Foremost Experts
- Pre-conference Special! From 9 am until 5 pm on Friday, May 3, we will offer the famous FEE Course on Sound Money and Free Markets, hosted by economists Mark Skousen, Harry Veryser, and Charles Baird. Please sign up early to attend this pre-conference course - space is limited!
- Mark Skousen, president of FEE, will offer three lectures on "The Big Three in Economics - Smith, Marx and Keynes." based on his new book, The Making of Modern Economics.
- Charles Murray, Bradley Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, author of Losing Ground and The Bell Curve on "The Growing Controversy of the Bell Curve."
- Gerald P. O'Driscoll, senior fellow at Heritage Foundation on "The World Map of Economic Freedom-a Startling Revelation." (You must see this unusual world map in person to appreciate its significance.)
- Robert Poole, Jr., founder of Reason magazine on "Is Air Travel Really Safe?"
- Tom Palmer, Sr. Fellow CATO Institute and a FEE Trustee, will be speaking on "Great Libertarian Thinkers, Ancient and Modern."
- Ken Schoolland, professor at Hawaii Pacific University and author of The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible, winner of the 2001 Leonard E. Read Book Award (this award will be presented to Professor Schoolland at the FEE convention).
- Richard Ebeling, Ludwig von Mises Professor at Hillsdale College
- Madsen Pirie, president of the Adam Smith Institute and a privatization consultant to numerous governments around the world on "The Outlook for Global Capitalism in a Terrorist World."
- Sheldon Richman, editor of Ideas on Liberty and author of Tethered Citizens.
- Gary Hoover, founder of Hoover's, Inc., and author of Hoover's Vision on "The Right Stuff: What it Takes to Succeed in the 21st Century."
- Thomas DiLorenzo, author and professor at Loyola College, Maryland, on "Abraham Lincoln and the Triumph of Mercantilism."
- Dinesh D'Souza, author of The Virtue of Prosperity and a Hoover Senior Fellow (and FEE spokesman on campus), on "Why They Hate Us." This is a speech you won't want to miss.
- Larry Abraham, editor of Insider Report on "What Every American Must Know About the Middle East and Terrorism."
- Gary North, on "The Most Dangerous Philosopher of Modern Times."
- Richard Vedder & Lowell Galloway, Ohio State professors and authors of Out of Work, the classic book on unemployment, on "Should We Take the G (Government) out of GDP?"
- Joel Skousen, editor of World Affairs Brief, on "How to Bulletproof Liberty: A Principled Approach to Law and Government."
- Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas), the only libertarian representative in Congress will speak on "Confessions of a Libertarian Outsider in Congress."
- Louis James, editor of Free-Market.net on "How to Spread Your Cause on the Internet."
- A Special Panel on Privacy with Mark Skousen, Mike Ketcher, Peter Zipper, and Michael Checkan.
Call today 1-888-565-8779 to register