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  • Freedom Fest 2012 – Day 1

    My wife and I love to travel, and we have indulged this fancy several times this year already. Yet, there hasn’t been a trip we anticipated more eagerly than this trip to Las Vegas. We don’t gamble, we don’t drink, and we have been faithful to each other for 22 years. Neither one of us very much appreciates crowds, loud music, and we are definitively no party lions. Yet, attending the Freedom Fest here at the Bally’s casino promised to be the highlight of the year, and so far it has failed to disappoint.

    But let me start at the beginning.

    The Freedom Fest is an annual event when libertarians from all over the US (and some other countries) meet to debate, educate, be educated, learn and study all matters libertarian from multiple perspectives: historical, political, economic, philosophical, and artistical.

    And so we left our home in Alberta, Canada, at 4:30 AM today to catch the plane to Las Vegas, via San Francisco. We had suffered for several days the hellish temperatures of 35 degrees Celsius that had made even a halfway decent night rest almost impossible. Arriving in Vegas, we wished to be able to return almost instantaneously, considering that the temperatures exceeded the low 40’s.

    We were, however, in seventh heaven after entering the air-conditioned reception hall of the Bellagio Hotel, which would be our home for the coming four days. As the first events of the convention would start barely an hour after our arrival, we didn’t have much opportunity to rest and rushed across the “strip” to the “Bally’s” to register, and … watch two movies in quick succession which were presented within the framework of the Anthem Film Festival, and of which detailed descriptions will follow.

    Right now, I am sitting at the desk of my hotel room overlooking the famous and truly spectacular dancing fountains in front of the Bellagio moving gracefully to the music of Andrea Bocelli.

    I am much too tired to continue, and much too excited not to.

    The Freedom Fest has a truly astonishing and probably exhausting program to offer, often with ten or twelve events happening concurrently at the same time.

    Life is full of choices, and some of the really interesting events will have to be missed. For all who wish to empathize with our dilemma, you can download the entire program here.

    Keynote speakers include, but are not restricted to:

    David Boaz, from the libertarian think-tank The Cato Institute;

    Yaron Brook from the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights;

    Dinesh D’Souza, a former policy analyst in the Reagan White House;

    Steve Forbes, Chairman and CEO of Forbes Media;

    Nick Gillespie, editor in chief of Reason.tv and Reason.com;

    Mark Victor Hansen, author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul”;

    Matt Kibbe, President of “FreedomWorks”, bestselling author and political commentator;

    Robert Kiyosaki, author of “Rich Dad Poor Dad”;

    John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, one of the top 20 supermarket companies in America;

    Stephen Moore, editorial page writer for the Wall Street Journal,

    Judge Andrew Napolitano, libertarian, judge, constitutionalist, author and TV personality;

    Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform and organizer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge;

    Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky;

    Peter Schiff, famous investment advisor, speaker and author, Mark Skousen, economist, financial advisor, university professor, and author;

    Alexander Green, Investment Director of the Oxford Club.

    The list goes on and on and promises educational entertainment of the finest.

    The first event we attended today was the screening of “An inconsistent truth”, a documentary exposing the (guess what?) numerous inconsistencies, half-truths, full-blown lies and hypocrisies behind Al Gore’s famed movie “An inconvenient Truth”.

    Award-winning radio talk show host Phil Valentine took us on a quest for the truth in his biodiesel-fueled Mercedes, Bennie the BioBenz. He explored the facts behind the global warming issue, debunked some famous myths and delved into the motivation of those who so passionately insist that we are destroying the planet. He revealed the political and financial boondoggles of the Global Warming movement and followed the money and the power plays to the perpetrators of the biggest mass panic hoax in human history.

    As this movie demonstrates, the climate has been getting warmer and cooler all by itself for millions of years. Long before we came along in our SUVs the planet was going through long stretches of warmer weather like the Medieval Warm Period. This film shows how radical climate scientists and politicians have fervently attempted to erase the Medieval Warm Period from the geological record.

    No matter your belief on the subject one thing will become crystal clear. There is no consensus on the issue of anthropogenic climate change and this film is a game-changer in the whole debate.

    It was a very entertaining 90 minute show full of facts, but also of humor and satire, which kept us on the edge of our seats, despite 36 hours of prior sleep deprivation. Watch its trailer here.

    The second movie was a first-time screening of Dinesh DeSouza’s “2016” movie, in which he pain-stakingly investigates Obama the man, what has shaped him, what motivates him and what makes him tic. In his global search for the facts, he interviewed people in Obama’s life that had never been interviewed before, including those that have been deliberately kept off the radar by a biased mainstream media. I do not wish to spoil the fun for those who are still going to watch it, but his conclusions are both stunning, conclusive and devastating. Watch the trailer here.

    Further news from the FreedomFest tomorrow.

     

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