Part-time Governor Kristi Noem got Freedom Fest off to a boring start last night… but if you wanted to hear our elected leader’s campaign speech to a skeptical Libertarian audience, you had to give up 40 movie tickets:
The event costs $400 for South Dakota residents to register. Media representatives pay $150 and a live stream of the sessions costs $125 [Lee Strubinger, “‘Freedom Fest’ Brings Thousands to Black Hills,” SDPB, 2021.07.20].
Actually, the Freedom Fest rate page says South Dakotans get in for $399 and a media pass costs $149. But charging reporters any amount to perform their vital public function, like keeping an eye out for the next Russian plant tossing puffball questions at extremist Presidential candidates, is uncool. Paying $125 for the Freedom Fest livestream does spare one the trouble of crowding into the Rushmore Civic Center with a bunch of likely Delta vectors.
South Dakotans are getting over 27% off the regular at-the-door price of $549. High school and college students get in for $149; grad students, professors, and professionals under 30 can get full passes for $299.
Noem has not tweeted from the event she was so proud to bring to Rapid City. Perhaps she was surprised to realize she was opening a conference where attendees can enjoy these presentations:
- Is Prostitution the Next Marijuana? The Path to Decriminalizing Sex Work
- Sex Work DecriminaLIES: Exposing the Failed Global Policy to Regulate Prostitution
- My Body, My Choice: Ending the Endless War on Drugs
Plus, a governor who celebrates hoarding the people’s tax dollars in a budget surplus created by socialist wealth redistribution as an exercise in Freedom™ might face some awkward questions from real Libertarians.