The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants.” I think that’s a very good definition, as it encompasses the essence of what a human being does.
You see, as humans, we are beings that act, speak and think. Thus, any social system that stymies these attributes is inherently anathema to human life. Now, realize this is no simple task, since the presence of freedom isn’t exactly ubiquitous in the history of civilization. In fact, it’s downright rare.
Yet in America during the 21st century, we are privileged to, for the most part, enjoy the greatest freedoms and the greatest fruits of economic prosperity the world has ever known. Today, we largely can act how we want, speak our minds and think basically whatever thoughts we want — and we can do so mostly free from coercive government, free from oppressive religious organizations and free from the violent forces of group-think.
Still, freedom, to borrow a cliché, isn’t free.
To preserve the power and right to act, speak, or think as one wants, we have to make sure we reinforce the good ideas that buttress and extol freedom, while also combating the bad ideas that suppress, stifle and retard freedom’s progress.
As I’ve said many times in this publication, the only solution to bad ideas are good ideas. And because there is perhaps no better idea than freedom, there also is no better idea worth defending, propagating and celebrating.
It is for this reason that I am privileged to be a part of what has been called “the world’s largest gathering of free minds”, the annual intellectual and social celebratory banquet of liberty known simply as FreedomFest.
As I write this e-letter, we are just one week away from this year’s FreedomFest conference, and its 2019 theme celebrating “The Wild West.”
This year, we are expecting nearly 2,000 attendees, and we will have some 250 speakers and workshops on all sorts of freedom-oriented themes. What I really like about FreedomFest is that you can explore all sorts of facets of the freedom movement, including politics, investing, economics, healthy living, education and parenting, technology and science, philosophy and history, the arts and literature, government regulation, taxation, social trends and much more.
Basically, there’s something for every liberty lover’s palate at FreedomFest.
Now, if you are planning on attending FreedomFest, I invite you to come and see me and my Eagle Publishing colleagues Dr. Mark Skousen, Hilary Kramer, Roger Michalski and Paul Dykewicz. On Wednesday, July 17, 2:00 p.m. PDT, I will be giving a presentation titled, “Beyond Belief: Who Is the Fastest Financial Gun in the West?”
Then on Friday, July 19, at 2:10 p.m., I will be part of a panel alongside Dr. Skousen, Hilary Kramer, and Roger Michalski titled, “Top 10 Stocks to Buy Now.” For the full agenda of all speakers at FreedomFest, click here.
In addition to my feature presentations, I also will be broadcasting live episodes of my podcast, Way of the Renaissance Man. Last year, I chose FreedomFest as the place to launch my related lifestyle and ideas website, and the reason why is because for a person to fully achieve in life, he or she must first respect and revere the fact that without freedom, no true achievement of values is possible. That means part of the obligation of a Renaissance Man (and a Renaissance Woman) is to preserve, protect and defend freedom with all his or her might.
I did so many years ago as a member of the U.S. Army, and I do so today in the pursuit of financial freedom through my Successful Investing, Intelligence Report, Bullseye Stock Trader and Fast Money Alert advisory services.
With the Way of the Renaissance Man website and podcast, I promulgate freedom by focusing on ideas, and learning how to integrate them into our daily lives. Once that integration has been achieved, we celebrate those ideas and their byproducts in our lives, because life is a pursuit that requires focus, integration and celebration.
So, if you have ever wanted to celebrate one of the most-beautiful concepts in human history, then come to Las Vegas next week and celebrate freedom with me, as well as some of the world’s most renowned and celebrated heroes of the liberty movement, including Penn Jillette, John Mackey, Kevin O’Leary, Congressman Justin Amash, Glenn Beck, Charles Murray, John Stossel, Grover Norquist, Michael Shermer, Senator Mike Lee, Dr. Joel Wade, Stephen Hicks, Edward Hudgins, Craig Huey, Rich Checkan, Jo Ann Skousen, Mike Turner, Heather Wagenhals and many, many more.
Come find out why freedom isn’t “just another word for nothing left to lose,” as the classic song “Bobby McGee” says, but rather a concept that requires protecting, preserving, integrating and celebrating.
P.S. Use the promo code “EAGLE100” for a special FreedomFest discount offer of $100 off the full price of $695 per person… So that’s just $595 per person/$895 per couple.
Come find out how those of us who love liberty and cherish freedom celebrate her virtue.
Wisdom in ‘Living Colour’
I sell the things you need to be
I’m the smiling face on your T.V.
I’m the cult of personality
I exploit you still you love me
I tell you one and one makes three…
Living Colour, “Cult of Personality”
In keeping with our celebration of the freedom theme this week, it’s important to remember that with great freedom comes great responsibility — and particularly the responsibility to think for yourself. This is especially true these days when we have all sorts of demagogues vying for our minds. So, don’t let anyone tell you that “one and one makes three” as the rock band Living Colour so brilliantly put it. You have the freedom to do the math yourself — so take responsibility and do it.
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In the name of the best within us,