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Published April 11, 2009, 07:55 AM

Free-Market Forum set in Bismarck

To discuss the current crisis and the best way to get the country’s financial status back on steady ground, the North Dakota Policy Council is hosting its second annual Free-Market Forum in Bis-marck. This event on May 16 is open to the public.

To discuss the current crisis and the best way to get the country’s financial status back on steady ground, the North Dakota Policy Council is hosting its second annual Free-Market Forum in Bis-marck. This event on May 16 is open to the public.

Whether people are familiar with free market principles, know little about economics or are even a skeptic of free markets, this afternoon event will provide attendees with information in navigating the economic road ahead.

The event will focus on causes and suggested solutions. Topic areas include the national economy, economic development and energy policy.

Speakers include:

Dr. Thomas E. Woods Jr.: Woods is a Senior Fellow at the Ludwig Von Mises Institute and New York Times best-selling author of “Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse.” He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s in philosophy and doctorate from Columbia University.

Michael LaFaive: La-Faive is director of the Mackinac Center’s Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative. He is author of dozens of commentaries and studies on such fiscal policies as state government spending, privatization, economic development and unfunded federal mandates. His op-eds have appeared in numerous Michigan newspapers. Since 1995, LaFaive has served as managing editor of the Mackinac Center periodical Michigan Privatization Report. LaFaive has undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from Central Michigan University.

Dr. Robert P. Murphy: Murphy is an economist with the Institute for Energy Research, Senior Fellow of Business and Economic Studies at the Pacific Research Institute and author of “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism” and “The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression.” He holds an economics degree from Hillsdale College and earned his doctorate at New York University.

The event is at the University of Mary Campus, Tharaldson School of Business, http://www.umary .edu/UM/AboutUMary/campusmap.htm.

Registration is at 11 a.m. The welcome is at noon, Woods speaks at 12:15 p.m. and a break is at 1:15 p.m.

That is followed at 1:30 p.m. by Murphy speaking on “The Economics of Depression.”

At 2:30 is a break and book signing and at 3:15 p.m. LaFaive speaks on “Economic Development and Government.”

Following a 4:15 p.m. break, Murphy speaks on “Economics of Energy: North Dakota and the Nation.” A reception and book signing follow at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. at a location to be an-nounced.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Registration information can be found at www.policynd.org.

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