Anthem Film Festival
July 19-22, 2017
Paris Resort, Las Vegas

School Inc. Episode 1: The Price of Excellence

Friday, July 21 | 8:30am | Versailles 3 Theater | Paris Resort

School Inc. is a global exploration of discovery by the late Andrew Coulson, senior fellow of education policy at Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom. He takes viewers on a worldwide personal quest for an answer to the question—if you build a better way to teach a subject, why doesn’t the world beat a path to your door, like they do in other industries?

Stay after the screening for the discussion "School Inc.: Exploring Global Innovation in Education and Exploring it Here," with panelists David Boaz, Bob Bowdon, and Bob Chitester, with Neal McCluskey moderating.

Work & Happiness: The Human Cost of Welfare

Friday, July 21 | 1:30pm | Versailles 3 Theater | Paris Resort

Compassion fueled the creation of America’s welfare system, a safety net that rescues some of the most vulnerable among us. We often hear political leaders and activists tout the system’s good intentions, but what about those living on welfare? Do they think the system is working? Have good intentions delivered good results?

The safety net is ideally more of a trampoline, where people hit it and then bounce back onto their feet, and into rich, fulfilling lives. But today, instead of bouncing back, too many Americans have become ensnared in the net. Of course, the system has helped some people, but the sad fact is that it typically hurts those it’s supposed to help.

Viewers will experience the welfare system through the eyes of those who are stuck in it. They will learn that the system’s greatest cost is its human cost.

Stick around for a panel discussion, "Unintended Consequences: The Human Cost of Welfare and Regulation," with Lisa Conyers, John Papola, and Greg Gudenkauf. Moderated by Bob Chitester.

Is America in Retreat?

Saturday, July 22 | 10:30am | Versailles 3 Theater | Paris Resort

When the U.S. assumed the PAX, it assumed responsibility for global order, but for how long? Just how deeply entangled should America be in the world’s affairs? What alternatives are there to being the world’s policemen? Is there really a downside to retreat? And in the absence of the U.S., how might global order be maintained—or decimated? In a companion documentary to America in Retreat by The Wall Street Journal’s Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Bret Stephens, Free To Choose Executive Editor and Cato Senior Fellow Johan Norberg examines the questions facing a nation leaning back toward isolationism.

Stay for the panel discussion "World Anarchy vs Rule of Law: Should America Mind its Own Business?" with panelists Janek Ambros, Elan Bentov, Doug Casey, Barbara Kolm, and Kip Perry, with Doug Bandow as moderator.