“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”

— Disney’s “Snow White”

Almost 2,000 people already have voted for their favorite libertarian in the just-released survey sponsored by FreedomFest and Newsmax magazine. The survey is to find “The Top 50 Most Influential Libertarians.” Choose among your favorites in politics, business, the media, authors and think tanks. Think Ron Paul, John Stossel, Judge Andrew Napolitano, the Koch Brothers, Steve Forbes and John Mackey.

The final listing will be announced at FreedomFest this July 19-22 in Las Vegas, followed by its publication in Newsmax magazine.

Plenty of your favorite financial gurus are listed and include Alex Green, Peter Schiff, Doug Casey, Keith Fitz-Gerald, Rick Santelli and even yours truly.

Your vote counts! Take the survey here and pass it along to friends and colleagues. I think it is going to create a lot of buzz: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FFNewsmax50Lib.

Important Note: People do not have to give their email address to take the survey. That’s a plus for those who don’t want to provide an email address.

It is fun seeing who people are voting for. Lots of people are commenting about the survey on social media. And Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute did a very clever review of the survey: https://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/vote-for-the-most-influential-libertarians/.

In the survey, we suggest you choose five in each category. But actually, you can vote for as many people as you wish.

When you are finished, you can see instantly who’s in the Top 50 so far.

The final list is going to be announced at this year’s FreedomFest, our 10th anniversary, and then published by Newsmax magazine with grand fanfare. Spread the word!

We’re also planning a special photograph of the Top 50 Libertarians on Friday, July 21, at FreedomFest, right before William Shatner speaks. You don’t want to miss this historic event of all your great libertarian heroes.

Take the Survey and Win Two Free Tickets to FreedomFest

Please join us. After taking the survey, you can register to win two free tickets to FreedomFest. You also can receive a $100 discount off the retail price of FreedomFest. Register at http://freedomfest.com/register-now/ and use code FS2017 for the $100 discount. You also can register by calling toll-free, 1-855-850-3733 ext. 202, to talk with Amy, Karen or Jennifer.

In case you missed it, I encourage you to read my e-letter article from last week about how capitalism is beneficial for everyone.

You Blew It! Is Trump Ignorant about Civil Asset Forfeitures?

Anyone who is unaware of civil asset forfeiture laws that let the U.S. government seize your savings, investments and other possessions without any proof it was obtained illegally is not alone.

The following link goes to an article that provides information about a Feb. 9 conversation President Donald Trump had about asset forfeiture, and it shows even the leader of the United States seems ignorant of a law that can require far more people than drug dealers to forfeit their cash, investments, precious metals and other assets. Click here if you want to read that article; I provide my summary and opinion below.

I was amazed when President Donald Trump met with county sheriffs from around the country on Feb. 9 and spoke as if he was unknowledgeable about the travesty known as civil asset forfeitures.

For years now, police departments have seized and kept property that is suspected of involvement in criminal activity. Under these civil forfeiture policies, property owners need not be found guilty of a crime — or even charged — to permanently lose their cash, car, home, or other property. According to a new report published by the Institute for Justice, “Policing for Profit: The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture,” most state laws are written in such a way as to encourage police agencies to pursue profit instead of seeking the neutral administration of justice. The report grades each state and the federal government on its forfeiture laws and other measures of abuse. The results are appalling: Six states earned an F and 29 states and the federal government received a grade of D.

President Trump was told by one sheriff that civil asset forfeitures only involve drug dealers. That claim is nonsense. Many people have lost thousands of dollars who were students, business people and others totally unrelated to drug dealing.

I hope President Trump will get a more objective review of the unconstitutional crime known as civil asset forfeiture. The end of government abuse of its powers should be included among the president’s objectives if he truly wants to do what he promised during his political campaign to “make America great.”

My Next Investment Conferences

I’ll be discussing gold, Trump stocks and other investment strategies in my upcoming conferences:

THIS WEEKEND: I will be speaking at the EconoSummit, Feb. 25-26, The Orleans Hotel, Las Vegas: Sponsored by the Las Vegas Investment Club, I will be speaking on “Lies, Myths and Realities: What Every Investor Should Know about the Global Economy and the Markets in 2017” and “My Lucky Seven Lessons in Money and Investing: Updated for 2017.” The two-day seminar is normally $299 per person, but my subscribers get a $199 credit when you show up, so your net cost is only $100. To sign up, go to: http://lvinvestmentclub.com/econosummit-registration-mark-skousen-promo/. I hope to see some of my subscribers there.

–Investment U, March 15-18, The Vinoy Renaissance Resort, St. Petersburg, Florida: Join the Oxford Club experts (Alex Green, Dave Fessler, Rick Rule and Frank Holmes) and me as we discuss the most profitable strategies to achieve the American Dream under President Trump. To find out more, go to http://events.oxfordclub.com/IU2017/IU-2017-MarkSkousen.html.