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FFF Speaker Spotlight: James Bovard and Sheldon Richman


If I were asked to rank libertarians for integrity, courage, and devotion to principle, I would place James Bovard and Sheldon Richman in a tie for first place. One of my personal highlights of being president of The Future of Freedom Foundation is having had the honor of working closely with both Jim and Sheldon for some 15 years in the advancement of liberty. Both of them have long been regular monthly contributors to our journal Freedom Daily, and both of them are returning as speakers for our exciting upcoming June 6-8 conference “Restoring the Republic: Foreign Policy and Civil Liberties.”

Jim Bovard has long served as a policy advisor for FFF. He has written some of the greatest libertarian books ever, including Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty, Attention Deficit Disorder, Terrorism and Tyranny, and six others. His books have received several awards and Bovard himself is the recipient of the Thomas Szasz Award for Civil Liberties. The Wall Street Journal called him the “roving inspector general of the modern welfare state.”

What has always distinguished Jim’s work is his absolute fearlessness in confronting governmental wrongdoing as well as the integrity and accuracy of his work. One of the times that these traits were on display was in the aftermath of the federal massacre of the Branch Davidians at Waco, when Bovard’s articles ensured that the tragedy would remain within the consciousness and conscience of the American people.

Jim’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Readers’ Digest, and many other publications. His books have been translated into Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, and Korean.

Sheldon Richman has long served as senior fellow at FFF. He is the author of leading books in the libertarian movement on three important issues of our time: Separating School & State: How to Liberate America’s Families: Tethered Citizens: Time to Repeal the Welfare State; and Your Money or Your Life: Why We Must Abolish the Income Tax, all of which were published by FFF. For many years, he has also written a weekly op-ed for FFF that is sent to thousands of newspapers across the land.

Sheldon serves as editor of The Freeman, one of the libertarian movement’s finest publications, which is published by The Foundation for Economic Education, one of the oldest libertarian educational foundations in the country. He is a regular contributor to the magazine as well as a speaker at FEE’s many excellent seminars at its headquarters in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York.

Sheldon is one of those writers who have the unique capacity to distill complex historical, economic, and political concepts into an easily readable format. His essays on liberty are always principled, timely, informative, and easy to read. His articles have appeared in such publications as Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and many others. He is a contributor to the Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics.

To register for the conference, go to our conference website or call us at 703-934-6101. Remember to make your hotel reservations at the Hyatt Regency Reston after you register for the conference; be sure to mention the FFF conference to secure the special discounted rate of $149 per night, which is incredibly cheap for a Hyatt in the D.C. area in June.

NOTICE: We are opening up the conference to daily attendance: $195 per day, including meals and speeches.

Don’t delay! Register today!


Jacob Hornberger
The Future of Freedom Foundation

Attention Deficit Democracy (2007) by James Bovard

The Bush Betrayal (2005) by James Bovard

Terrorism and Tyranny: Trampling Freedom, Justice, and Peace to Rid the World of Evil (2004) by James Bovard

Feeling Your Pain: The Explosion and Abuse of Government Power in the Clinton-Gore Years (2001) by James Bovard

Freedom in Chains: The Rise of the State and the Demise of the Citizen (2000) by James Bovard

The Fair Trade Fraud (1992) by James Bovard

The 9/11 Servility Reflex” by James Bovard

Do Elections Guarantee Freedom?” by James Bovard

Will a Drug Warrior Be Hanged?” by James Bovard

The FBI’s Right to Threaten Torture

Are Presidents Entitled to Kill Foreigners?

Terrorizing the Bill of Rights” by James Bovard

Killer Cops Next to DC” by James Bovard

Other Articles by James Bovard

Other Articles by James Bovard

Your Money or Your Life: Why We Must Abolish the Income Tax (1999) by Sheldon Richman

Separating School & State: How to Liberate America’s Families (1994) by Sheldon Richman

Tethered Citizens: Time to Repeal the Welfare State (1994) by Sheldon Richman

Clinton and Obama Struggle for Power” by Sheldon Richman

Woodstock May Have Saved Senator McCain’s Life” by Sheldon Richman

Why They Hate Us” by Sheldon Richman

The New Politics: Squaring the Circle” by Sheldon Richman

One-Party System” by Sheldon Richman

Other Articles by Sheldon Richman

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    Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at the Foundation for Economic Education. He has advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country as well as on Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Greta van Susteren shows and he appeared as a regular commentator on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show Freedom Watch. View these interviews at LewRockwell.com and from Full Context. Send him email.