Earlier this summer, the annual FreedomFest — a major libertarian event — was held in Las Vegas, bringing more than 2,000 guests, including Steve Forbes, to discuss ideas such as sovereignty, free markets and the role of government. Now, a survey taken after the event has shed some light on the modern libertarian movement.
The poll was conducted by Bernhoft Law founder Robert Bernhoft and partner Robert Barnes, who attended the Las Vegas meeting. They are reporting that "the two feelings that rang through loud and clear were a passion for change, and a frustration with the obfuscation of what is fair play on the part of our Federal government's tax laws."
Specifically, the respondents defined the Federal taxation system is "archaic and broken," and expressed their preference for a flat tax.
Some participants were also unhappy with the common practice in the legal community, whereby some tax attorneys — whose job it is to defend individuals accused of tax crimes by the IRS —are former IRS agents or Federal prosecutors. In the libertarians' view, this previous involvement with the system risks clouding these attorneys' ability to serve their clients.
The next FreedomFest will take place in July 2011 in Las Vegas, and will bring more than 150 speakers, 100 exhibitors and an estimated 2,000 attendees at "the world's largest gathering of free minds," according to the event's website.