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Welcome to "Where Is the Voice of Reason?" FreedomFest 2018 July 11 - 14 2018 Paris Resort Las Vegas. You are part of "the greatest libertarian show on earth." Enjoy three and half days full of learning, sharing, networking and growing the liberty movement, together!
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Thursday, July 12 • 3:20pm - 4:10pm
The Playboy Debate: Should a Room Be Dedicated to Hugh Hefner? (Book signing to follow)

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The Playboy Debate: Should We Dedicate a Room to Hugh Hefner?” Missouri Professor Steven Watts, author of “Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream,” says a definite "Yes." He makes the case that the late Hugh Hefner liberated American society from Puritanical sexual neuroses. Conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat strongly demurs. In one of his most controversial Times columns, he declared Mr. Playboy to be a chauvinist pornographer who exploited women and made our culture “coarser, crueler and more sterile.” A timely debate in this “me-too” age. Get an early seat for this one.

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Jennifer Grossman

CEO, The Atlas Society
Jennifer Anju Grossman, a former senior vice president at Dole Food Company, is CEO of The Atlas Society. She has spent decades helping people to live freer, healthier lives. She launched the Dole Nutrition Institute — a research and education organization — at the behest of Dole... Read More →

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Ross Douthat

Op-Ed Columnist, New York Times
Ross Douthat joined The New York Times as an Op-Ed columnist in April 2009. Previously, he was a senior editor at the Atlantic and a blogger for theatlantic.com. He is the author of several books, most recently To Change The Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism (Simon and Schuster, 2018), and the co-author, with Reihan Salam, of Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream (Doubleday, 2... Read More →
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Steven Watts

Professor and Author, University of Missouri
Steven Watts is Professor of History at the University of Missouri, where he has won numerous teaching and research awards. He has published seven books, including JFK and the Masculine Mystique: Sex and Power on the New Frontier (2016); The People’s Tycoon: Henry Ford and the... Read More →


Thursday July 12, 2018 3:20pm - 4:10pm
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