Economics & Capitalism
Lecturer, syndicated columnist, television commentator, debater, marketer, businessman, author, publisher and activist, L. Brent Bozell III is one of the most outspoken and effective national leaders in the conservative movement today.
Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Mr. Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America. Since its launch in 1987, the MRC has developed the largest video archive in the world; the popular NewsBusters.org blog site; the CNSNews.com internet news service; MRC Business; and MRC Culture. The MRC has over 800,000 members nationwide and over 8 million facebook fans on its various pages.
In 2010, Mr. Bozell founded ForAmerica, an organization committed to restoring America to its founding principles. In less than a year ForAmerica grew to over 1.5 million Facebook followers and now boasts over 7.5 million facebook followers. In 1998, Mr. Bozell founded and was the first president of the Parents Television Council, the largest group in America dedicated to a restoring responsibility to Hollywood. Before founding the MRC, Mr. Bozell was the finance director and later the president of the National Political Action Committee.
Mr. Bozell's bi-weekly column is syndicated by Creators Syndicate to numerous media outlets nationwide. His writings have also appeared in numerous other outlets including the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the National Review and USA Today. He is the author of four books, including And That’s the Way It Is(n’t) (with Brent Baker), Weapons of Mass Distortion, Whitewash (with Tim Graham), and Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election---and How to Stop Them from Doing It in 2016 (with Tim Graham).
He has been a guest on numerous television programs, including the O'Reilly Factor, The Kelly File, Hannity, Nightline, Larry King Live and the Glenn Beck Show.
Jason Brennan (Ph.D., 2007, University of Arizona) is Associate Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business, and by courtesy, Associate Professor of Philosophy, at Georgetown University, and formerly Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Research, at Brown University. He specializes in political philosophy and applied ethics. Brennan specializes in questions of civic virtue, voting behavior, responsible government, political pathologies, and the moral foundations of market societies.
He is the author of Markets without Limits, with Peter Jaworkski (Routledge Press, 2015), Compulsory Voting: For and Against, with Lisa Hill (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Why Not Capitalism? (Routledge Press, 2014), Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2012), The Ethics of Voting (Princeton University Press, 2011), and, with David Schmidtz, A Brief History of Liberty (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).
He is currently writing Against Politics, under contract with Princeton University Press, and, with Bas Van der Vossen, Global Justice as Global Freedom: Why Global Libertarianism is the Humane Solution to World Poverty, under contract with Oxford University Press. He is also co-editor, along with David Schmidtz and Bas Van der Vossen, of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism.
Cost: $1,500 per day, plus airfare and lodging
Christopher Coyne is the F.A. Harper Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the Associate Director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center. He is also the Co-Editor of The Review of Austrian Economics, the Co-Editor of The Independent Review, and the Book Review Editor of Public Choice. In 2008, he was named the Hayek Fellow at the London School of Economics, and in 2010 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy & Policy Center at Bowling Green State University.
Coyne is the author of Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails (2013, Stanford University Press), After War: The Political Economy of Exporting Democracy (2007, Stanford University Press), Media, Development and Institutional Change (co-authored with Peter Leeson, 2009, Edward Elgar Publishing), and the editor (with Rachel Mathers) of The Handbook on the Political Economy of War (2011, Edward Elgar Publishing). In addition, he has authored numerous academic articles, book chapters, and policy studies.
Cost: $3,000+ plus airfare and lodging
Topics: Economics & Capitalism
As “FoxNews’ brightest, funniest young Conservative mind,” Steven Crowder is a mainstay in the worlds of television, comedy and writing. Before being brought in as one of FoxNews’ youngest contributors ever, Steven began his career in entertainment with acting and stand up comedy.
Beginning as a mere teenager, Steven performed in the major festivals and winning national talent competitions (including one on Myspace, remember that site?) all before he was old enough to legally consume a beer. Unsatisfied, Steven decided to take his brand of take-no-prisoners, politically incorrect, comedy-club-favorite humor… to the Internet. Quickly racking up tens of millions of views, Crowder was seen as somewhat of a conundrum. His irreverent, hilarious yet distinctly Conservative videos surprisingly went viral, resulting in him being thrust into the national spotlight of cable news and radio. You name the show, Crowder’s done it.
While still active in both television/film and comedy, Crowder is now most famously known as a Conservative lightening rod. As an entertainer, activist and commentator, Crowder’s trademark has become that of bravely entering the belly of the liberalism beast… without backing down. Be it television, the stage or the Internet, wherever Crowder goes, he continues to leave enlightenment, entertainment and controversy in his wake. Enjoy.
Cost: $3,000 - 5,000
Daniel J. D’Amico completed his economics Ph.D. from George Mason University in 2008 with field examinations in Constitutional Political Economy and Austrian Economics. His doctoral dissertation, “The Imprisoner’s Dilemma: The Political Economy of Proportionate Punishment,” was awarded the Israel M. Kirzner Award for best dissertation in Austrian Economics by the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. In 2011 his paper, “The Prison in Economics: Private and Public Incarceration in Ancient Greece,” was awarded the Gordon Tullock Prize for best paper published in Public Choice by a scholar under 40.
Daniel’s research has been published in a variety of scholarly outlets including Public Choice, Advances in Austrian Economics, The Journal of Private Enterprise, The Review of Austrian Economics, and the Erasmus Journal of Philosophy and Economics. He sits on the editorial board of Studies in Emergent Order and is on the executive committee for the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. Daniel is an affiliated scholar with the Molinari Institute and the workshop in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at George Mason University. Daniel delivers summer lectures and seminars for several educational outreach organizations including the Institute for Humane Studies and the Foundation for Economic Education.
Daniel is the William Barnett Professor of Free Enterprise Studies and an Assistant Professor of Economics at Loyola University in New Orleans where he has received awards for teaching, research and service. He is also the faculty advisor for the Loyola Economics Club.
Daniel’s current research is focused upon applying insights from Austrian Economics, Public Choice Theory and New Institutional Economics to understand the processes of social change surrounding punishment and incarceration through history and in the United States today.
Daniel adheres to the fundamental belief that ideas matter.
Cost: Negotiable, plus airfare and lodging
Dr. Davies is associate professor of economics at Duquesne University and Mercatus Affiliated Senior Scholar at George Mason University. He has published economic and policy research in leading academic journals, authored op-eds in over thirty newspapers, and is a regular columnist for US News and World Report and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Dr. Davies is a frequent lecturer at policy conferences on Capitol Hill and at state capitals. In addition to teaching at the undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. levels, Dr. Davies was Chief Analytics Officer at Parabon Computation, President and co-founder at Paragon Software (now Take-Two Interactive), and co-founder and Chief Analytics Officer at Repliqa (now Zoo Entertainment).
Dr. Davies earned his B.S. in Economics from Saint Vincent College, and Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany.
Cost: $1,000 plus airfare and lodging
Joshua C. Hall is the Elbert H. Neese, Jr. Professor of Economics at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. He earned his bachelor and master degrees in economics from Ohio University and his Ph.D. from West Virginia University. Formerly an economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, he is a co-author of the widely-cited Economic Freedom of the World annual reports (www.freetheworld.com). In addition, he is author of over 50 articles in journals such as Contemporary Economic Policy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Education, Journal of Labor Research, Southern Economic Journal, and Public Finance Review, and Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.
Cost: $750 - $1,500 plus airfare and lodging
Topics: Economics & Capitalism
Robert Lawson holds the Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom in the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom. Prior to SMU, he taught at Auburn University, Capital University, and Shawnee State University. Lawson is co-author of the widely-cited Economic Freedom of the World annual reports, which provides an economic freedom index for over 140 countries. Lawson has served as president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and is a member of the prestigious Mont Pelerin Society. He earned his B.S. in economics from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from Florida State University.
Cost: $2500 plus travel/lodging expenses or $3500 all included. This assumes a one-night stay; subtract $1000 if no overnight is required or add $1000 for each additional night.
Jared Meyer is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. His research interests include microeconomic theory and the economic effects of government regulations. He is the coauthor along with Diana Furchtgott-Roth of Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America's Young (Encounter Books, May 2015). He is a regular contributor to Economics21, The Federalist, Forbes, Townhall, and City Journal. Meyer's research has been published in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo! Finance, RealClearPolitics, and National Review. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including the BBC World Service, Fox News, and NPR. Meyer received a B.S. in finance and a minor in the philosophy of law from St. John's University in New York. Follow him on Twitter @JaredMeyer10.
Cost: Reasonable travel costs, including transportation, lodging, and meals.
Michael Reagan is the eldest son of former President Ronald Reagan and one of the most dynamic and sought after public speakers in the public arena today. His commitments to public service and the conservative vision his father championed are second to none, making him the natural heir to the Reagan conservative legacy.
Michael spent nearly two decades as a conservative radio talk show host, heard across the country daily on a show syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. He left this position to travel the country in order to champion President Reagan's values and principals in the public policy forum and through candidates who embody his father's legacy.
In his work to further the inspirational legacy of his father, Michael also serves as chairman and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation, which seeks to advance the causes President Reagan held dear and to memorialize the accomplishments of his presidency. Among the charitable activities the Foundation supports are: offering scholarships for the sailors, marines and airmen serving aboard aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and their family members; supporting programs for children in need of adoption and those in the foster care system; educating Americans about Alzheimer's disease and searching for a cure.
Michael has also appeared for years on network television as a commentator and guest on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and Nightline, and has been a frequent Fox News Contributor.
On the philanthropic side, Michael is actively involved in charities and public service entities across the United States, including: The John Douglas French Alzheimer's Foundation (Current Chair), The Young America’s Foundation, The Santa Barbara Navy League/USS Ronald Reagan Crew Enhancement Program, The Arrow Project for Neglected and Abused Children, and the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center Foundation’s Advisory board. In addition, Michael was honored in 2006 as an electee to the board of trustees of Eureka College, President Reagan’s Alma Mater.
Michael has always been a pioneer; he is a man who has done everything from debating Mikhail Gorbachev to setting world records in powerboat racing. His racing raised more than $1.5 million for charities like the United States Olympic Team, Cystic Fibrosis, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the Statue of Liberty Restoration Fund, as a result of which he was given the “Victory Award” for outstanding sports and humanitarian achievement.
Besides his weekly column, read nationwide in more than 300 newspapers, Mike has authored many successful books including his best-selling autobiography, On the Outside Looking In; The Common Sense of An Uncommon Man: The Wit, Wisdom and Eternal Optimism of Ronald Reagan; Twice Adopted; and Mike’s latest, The New Reagan Revolution: How Ronald Reagan's Principles Can Restore America's Greatness.
Mike and his wife, Colleen, have two children and reside in Toluca Lake, California.
Cost: $15,000 - $20,000
Lawrence W. (“Larry”) Reed became president of FEE in 2008. Prior to that, he was a founder and president for twenty years of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. He also taught Economics full-time and chaired the Department of Economics at Northwood University in Michigan from 1977 to 1984.
He holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. degree in History from Slippery Rock State University (1978), both in Pennsylvania. He holds two honorary doctorates, one from Central Michigan University (Public Administration—1993) and Northwood University (Laws—2008).
A champion for liberty, Reed has authored over 1,000 newspaper columns and articles, dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the U. S. and abroad. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, among many others. He has authored or co-authored five books, the most recent ones being “A Republic—If We Can Keep It” and “Striking the Root: Essays on Liberty.” He is frequently interviewed on radio talk shows and has appeared as a guest on numerous television programs, including those anchored by Judge Andrew Napolitano and John Stossel on FOX Business News.
Reed has delivered at least 75 speeches annually in the past 30 years—in virtually every state and dozens of countries from Bulgaria to China to Bolivia. His best-known lectures include “Seven Principles of Sound Policy” and “Great Myths of the Great Depression”—both of which have been translated into more than a dozen languages and distributed worldwide.
His interests in political and economic affairs have taken him as a freelance journalist to 81 countries on six continents. He is a member of the prestigious Mont Pelerin Society and an advisor to numerous organizations around the world. He served for 15 years as a member of the board (and one term as president) of the State Policy Network. His numerous recognitions include the “Champion of Freedom” award from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the “Distinguished Alumni” award from Grove City College.
He is a native of Pennsylvania, a 30-year resident of Michigan, and now resides in Newnan, Georgia.
Cost: $3,000 per day, plus airfare and lodging
Jason Rink is the Executive Director of the Foundation for a Free Society. He is the producer and director of Nullification: The Rightful Remedy, and the author of “Ron Paul: Father of the Tea Party” the biography of Congressman Ron Paul.
Cost: $250 plus airfare and lodging; an opportunity to sell books and DVDs
Larry Schweikart, born in Arizona, graduated of Arizona State University, at which point he went on the road for several years with rock bands, opening for groups such as Steppenwolf and Savoy Brown. He had an abrupt change of career in the mid-1970s, deciding he wanted to be a professional historian, and returned to school, acquiring an MA from Arizona State and a Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara. He has taught for 25 years at the University of Dayton, specializing in business and economic history and technology/war issues.
After publishing numerous scholarly and academic books, he began writing for the commercial popular market and in 2004, with Michael Allen, published the New York Times #1 bestseller, A Patriot’s History of the United States, followed by 48 Liberal Lies About American History and Seven Events that Made America America. He has been a frequent guest on the Glenn Beck show, Fox and Friends, and BOOK TV. He has also appeared on the Tavis Smiley Show, Al-Jazeera Television, and the Rush Limbaugh Show. He ceased drumming in early 2000.
Cost: $1,000 plus travel outside of OH. Inside OH, $300 plus travel expenses. (Travel includes air and lodging, as well as incidentals such as parking and taxi).
Aeon J. Skoble is Professor of Philosophy and Chairman of the Philosophy Department at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. He is the author of Deleting the State: An Argument about Government (Open Court, 2008), the editor of Reading Rasmussen and Den Uyl: Critical Essays on Norms of Liberty (Lexington Books, 2008), and the co-editor of Political Philosophy: Essential Selections (Prentice-Hall, 1999) and Reality, Reason, and Rights (Lexington Books, 2011). Besides his academic work, he has frequently lectured and written for the Institute for Humane Studies and the Foundation for Economic Education, and he is a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute. His main research includes theories of rights, the nature and justification of authority, and virtue ethics. In addition, he writes widely on the intersection of philosophy and popular culture, among other things co-editing the best-selling The Simpsons and Philosophy (Open Court, 2000). Originally from New York, Prof. Skoble received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his MA and PhD from Temple University.
Cost: $1,000 negotiable, plus airfare and lodging
Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning, nationally syndicated radio talk show, The Phil Valentine Show, which is heard in about 100 markets across the United States. He has been named by Talkers Magazine as one of the Heavy Hundred: The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America and is listed by Talkers as one of the top 100 talk show hosts of all time. He is the author of several books including The Conservative's Handbook, Tax Revolt and Right from the Heart.
His film, An Inconsistent Truth, is winner of three film festival awards including Best Documentary at the Nevada Film Festival and the Excellence in Filmmaking award from the Anthem Film Festival. An Inconsistent Truth is the 20th top grossing nature documentary of all time at the box office. It grossed more than notable films Gasland, Fuel and Cool It.
Valentine's talk show in his home market is the most listened to talk show in Nashville, routinely garnering twice the listeners of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. His show is the recipient of 18 AIR Awards and three prestigious New York Festivals awards including the Gold World Medal for Best Talk Show.
Cost: $2,000 plus travel expenses & lodging
Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and creator of Tom Woods’s Liberty Classroom. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Woods has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, C-SPAN, and Bloomberg Television, among other outlets, and has been a guest on hundreds of radio programs, including National Public Radio, the Dennis Miller Show, the Michael Reagan Show, the Dennis Prager Show, and the Michael Medved Show. He is a regular fill-in host on The Peter Schiff Show.
Woods is the author of eleven books, most recently Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse and Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century. His other books include the New York Times bestsellers Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse (read Ron Paul’s foreword) and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, as well as Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to Barack Obama (with Kevin R.C. Gutzman), Sacred Then and Sacred Now: The Return of the Old Latin Mass, 33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask, How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, and The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy. His critically acclaimed 2004 book The Church Confronts Modernity was recently released in paperback by Columbia University Press. A collection of Woods’ essays, called W obronie zdrowego rozsadku, was released exclusively in Polish in 2007. Woods’ books have been translated into Italian, Spanish, Polish, French, German, Czech, Portuguese, Croatian, Slovak, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.
Woods edited and wrote the introduction to five additional books: Back on the Road to Serfdom: The Resurgence of Statism, We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now (with Murray Polner), Murray N. Rothbard’s The Betrayal of the American Right, The Political Writings of Rufus Choate, and Orestes Brownson’s 1875 classic The American Republic. He contributed the preface to Choosing the Right College and the foreword both to Ludwig von Mises’ Liberalism and to Abel Upshur’s A Brief Enquiry into the True Nature and Character of Our Federal Government. He is also the author of Beyond Distributism, part of the Acton Institute’s Christian Social Thought Series.
Woods’ writing has appeared in dozens of popular and scholarly periodicals, including the American Historical Review, the Christian Science Monitor, Investor’s Business Daily, Catholic Historical Review, Modern Age, American Studies, Intercollegiate Review, Catholic Social Science Review, Economic Affairs (U.K.), Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Inside the Vatican, Human Events, University Bookman, Journal of Markets & Morality, New Oxford Review, Catholic World Report, Independent Review, Religion & Liberty, Journal of Libertarian Studies, Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, AD2000 (Australia), Christian Order (U.K.), and Human Rights Review.
Woods won the $50,000 first prize in the prestigious Templeton Enterprise Awards for 2006, given by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Templeton Foundation, for his book The Church and the Market. He was the recipient of the 2004 O.P. Alford III Prize for Libertarian Scholarship and of an Olive W. Garvey Fellowship from the Independent Institute in 2003. He has also been awarded two Humane Studies Fellowships and a Claude R. Lambe Fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University and a Richard M. Weaver Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Cost: $4,000 plus airfare and lodging