Valerie Durham

Historic Photograph of Top Libertarians


There’s nothing like a reunion of friends and family at FreedomFest. We made it special for the 10th anniversary by bringing together the top libertarians for an historic photograph this summer, July 21, 2017, at the Paris Resort in Las Vegas.

Earlier this year we did a survey to determine the Top 100 Most Influential Libertarians. Over 10,000 people voted. The final list was published by Newsmax magazine:

Here are the individuals who were able to join us for the photograph this year (many others were on the list, but were unavailable for the photo):

Top row (left to right): Alex Green, Jim Rogers, George Gilder, Stephen Cox, Ken Schoolland, Jeffrey Tucker, Li Schoolland, Richard Rahn, Peter Schiff, Naomi Brockwell, Sean Malone, Larry Elder, Joan Carter, John Aglialoro.

Middle row (left to right): Keith Fitz-Gerald, Mark Klugmann, Tom Palmer, Nick Gillespie, Veronique de Rugy, Randy Barnett, Ted Balaker, Courtney Balaker, Barbara Kolm, Dan Mitchell, John Fund, Matt Welch, Matt Kibbe, Larry Sharpe, Nicholas Sarwark, Marcos Miralles.

Bottom row (left to right): Deirdre Nansen McCloskey, Michael Shermer, Adam Brandon, Rob Arnott, Kim Githler, Bob Chitester, David Boaz, John Stossel, Steve Forbes, Jo Ann Skousen, Mark Skousen, Lisa Kennedy, Congressman Justin Amash, Terry Kibbe, Congressman Thomas Massie, Steve Moore.


Here are several letters we received after this year’s Fest:

“Having now experienced FreedomFest, it makes me wonder why I haven’t been coming all ten years!” — William Baldwin, editor, Forbes (1999-2010)

“I don’t go to many conferences anymore but I love to come to FreedomFest. This is my 8th in a row. People ask, ‘why do you go?’ It’s always a treat for me to listen to and meet people from all around the world in different professions — academics, journalists, politicians, etc. I wouldn’t miss it.” — Floyd Brown, publisher, Western Journalism

“I just finished reading your wonderful book on The Story of FreedomFest. Thank you for mentioning my contributions there. For my college friends, I shared some unique descriptions for Freedom Fest this way: It’s Burning Man for Libertarians, or a Gathering of the Lost 10 Tribes. It’s a ‘Jerusalem dig’ for agnostics and God-seekers alike. Or a World’s Fair for Alternative Answers..Always fun.” — Gary Alexander, Washington State

“I had a terrific time at FreedomFest; probably the best time I’ve had. I saw lots of friends, ate well, slept well, stayed out of the sun . . . More important: everything you involved me with was interesting and turned out very well, although you burdened me with envy caused by the richness and brio of your wife’s talk on women in the Bible.” — Stephen Cox, professor, UC San Diego

“Thank you for a wonderful FreedomFest experience, and for your gracious hospitality. The Anthem Film Festival was particularly interesting, and I was very pleased to meet some new film-makers and to participate in the reception and master class. I look forward to returning, hopefully with a new documentary about my father in hand!” –Fraser C. Heston, Hollywood

“I’ve been meaning to write to you since we’ve come back, to thank you for putting on, as always, the best conference on ideas found anywhere. There is nothing like it and even though it was five days out of a five-week trip, those were the days I think back on the most.” — Steven Kates, Australia

The next reunion is coming soon, July 11-14, 2018, at the Paris Resort in Vegas. Just think 7/11 in Vegas!

Our special theme next year is “Where is the Voice of Reason?” Come to FreedomFest and find out!

Yours for peace, prosperity, and liberty, AEIOU,

The FreedomFest Team

“The World’s Largest Gathering of Free Minds”
July 11-14, 2018, Paris Resort, Las Vegas

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