Freedom Will Take Center Stage in Las Vegas

A “World Economic Summit” will be one of the featured events at this year’s FreedomFest, a conference that will host an estimated 1,400 attendees during July 10-12 in Las Vegas. The annual event will include 88 speakers from key areas of interest such as business, investing, and politics.

The conference will be the world’s largest gathering of “free minds” and will include 100 exhibitors, said Dr. Mark Skousen, a free-market economist, editor of the Forecasts & Strategies newsletter, and the event’s organizer. An ongoing financial crisis that appears to be worsening will be addressed at the economic summit led by media mogul and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes.

A three-day investment conference also will be offered at FreedomFest under the guidance of Jeremy Siegel, a finance professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School. Also featured at the event will be “eight great debates,” including one that will pit best-selling authors Christopher Hitchens and Dinesh D’Souza against each other to address, “War, Terrorism, And Geo-Politics: Is Religion the Problem or the Solution?”

Steve Forbes will give the economic summit’s keynote address on Thursday, July 10, when he will discuss “Gold, the Dollar, and the Growing Financial Crisis.” Siegel will headline an investment panel discussion later that day that will feature investment professionals whose areas of expertise include commodities and China. A further discussion focused on whether China is a “friend or foe” will follow, along with a debate about whether the United States should adopt a single payer national health care system.

On Friday morning, Siegel will offer the opening presentation, “The Future for Investors: My Most Shocking Surprise in 50 Years on Wall Street.” He then will join a panel discussion moderated by Skousen that will include Forbes, Whole Foods Market’s CEO John Mackey, and the Columbia Business School’s John Whitney.

Politics will be featured prominently during Friday’s sessions. One presentation that day has the provocative title, “The Coming Tsunami: What an Obama Presidency Will Mean?” Another session that is sure to stir up strong opinions will be offered by Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr and is entitled, “Technology and Government Power – A Deadly Cocktail for Freedom.” Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), will share his views with attendees Friday afternoon via a broadband connection from Washington, D.C.

The main debate will occur Friday evening when Hitchens, the author of “God is Not Great,” will square off against D’Souza, who wrote, “What’s So Great About Christianity.” Both are avid defenders of their respective views.

Saturday’s sessions will include a panel of experts discussing international investing, as well as a presentation from Frank Holmes, CEO of U.S. Global Investors, who will talk about “The Infrastructure Boom.” Also on tap that day is a panel discussion about, “The Future of Politics,” featuring Forbes, former Rep. Barr, President Richard Viguerie and Cato Institute Executive Vice President David Boaz. A final debate, “Is There Scientific Evidence for Intelligent Design in Nature,” will wrap-up the event on Saturday.

HUMAN EVENTS will be providing coverage from Las Vegas each day. Please check back often for more stories about FreedomFest as the conference unfold.