Jo Ann Skousen

Should FreedomFest Go Virtual?

As we have gone through the painful process of cancelling FreedomFest this year, many of our followers have suggested that we go virtual instead, as some other conferences have done. We truly appreciate how much all of you wanted to experience FreedomFest this year. But that’s the point: FreedomFest is an experience. it isn’t just…

At Risk: The Twin Towers of Freedom

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. “ – Ronald Reagan Ronald Reagan once warned, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one…

And the People Woke Up

If you have any presence on social media at all, you have surely seen Kitty O’Meara’s sentimental prose poem “And the People Stayed Home,” which has circled the globe faster than a corona virus in the past couple of weeks. O’Meara says that she had been feeling sad and anxious about the pandemic and the…

What We Should Learn from China Now

Just in time for our mass incarceration – I mean, our leisurely sheltering at home — Amazon Prime has released its award-winning documentary about a killing scourge that invaded China. No, this is not the scourge currently circling the globe and leading to draconian measures to eradicate it, but China’s draconian population control that upended…

In Praise of Business

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All week I’ve been receiving emails from the companies I do business with, telling me what they are doing to keep customers safe during the coronavirus scare. My airline companies have waived cancellation and change fees to help me navigate my changing travel plans. When Royal Caribbean was forced to cancel a cruise I was…

Yes– in MY Back Yard!

I need a land line. Don’t get me wrong; I’m into big tech. I use my pocket-sized computer about 9 hours a day, according to Apple’s built-in surveillance report, (which I never asked for and would be perfectly happy never to see again. It’s as bad as having to see the calorie-count when I’m standing…

Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces, and Callout Culture: What’s Happening on College Campuses, and Can It Be Changed?

“This is a book about education and wisdom. If we can educate the next generation more wisely, they will be stronger, richer, more virtuous, and even safer.” This is the optimistic goal and tconclusion of The Coddling of the America Mind by Greg Lukianoff, president of FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) and…

A Tribute to Andrea Rich

For nearly half a century, Andrea and Howie Rich were the dynamic duo of libertarianism. They met while serving in the New York Libertarian Party in 1973, Andrea as its first chairman and Howie as vice chairman. While Howie worked tirelessly for the cause of term limits and as the longest serving member of the…