Free Market Hall of Fame Generates Heated Debate

At this year’s FreedomFest, we announced the Free Market Hall of Fame, where anyone can vote online for their favorite teacher, writer, business leader, legislator, and think tank that have advanced the cause of free-markets and liberty. 
The Hall of Fame is now up and running, and generated a big debate.  So far there’s been eight lead changes in the various categories.  Ludwig von Mises started out ahead as favorite free market economist, but now Milton Friedman has surpassed him…..Ronald Reagan is neck and neck with Thomas Jefferson as favorite past political leader…….Steve Forbes is leading in the business leaders category, but Charles Koch is moving up……We’ve had to add several “write in” candidates, such as Greg Mankiw from Harvard, who is advancing (Walter Williams was in the early lead as favorite living free-market economist)……and when we added Ben Franklin (in business leaders category) he immediately went to first place!
And now Ed Crane (Cato Institute) has moved ahead of Lew Rockwell (Mises Institute), although Ed Feulner (Heritage Foundation) is advancing. 
And right now there’s a see-saw battle between Congressman Ron Paul and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for favorite living political leader. 
Everyone is eligible to vote for their favorite free-market advocate.  To vote, go to
Choose among five categories:
1. Favorite free-market economists
2. Writers and journalists
3. Business leaders and entrepreneurs
4. Government leaders
5. Think tanks and freedom organizations
The survey also includes a Free Market Hall of Shame, people who have done the most damage to the cause of liberty.  See who’s leading–Hugo Chavez
Then after voting, you can find out the current rankings of the nominees. It’s fun.
The Free Market Hall of Fame will have the first Induction Ceremony of the Top Five vote getters at the next FreedomFest, July 9-12, 2008, at Bally’s/Paris Resort in Las Vegas. Plus an “award” to the winner of the Free Market Hall of Shame. 
In liberty, AEIOU,
Mark Skousen


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