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2022 Road to Freedom Seminar

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“America’s prosperity is not a gift from the government or anyone else. Free enterprise, not the government, is the source from which our blessings flow.” - Ronald Reagan

September 23-24, 2022
The Reagan Ranch and Reagan Ranch Center
Santa Barbara, California

Young America's Foundation's Road to Freedom Seminar: Secrets to Advancing Free Markets Over Wokeness is a unique program developed specifically for college students who want to learn how to make a compelling case for free market principles.

Government bureaucrats nationwide are advocating for greater government control of your education, healthcare, and paycheck. Many professors are using their classroom to teach students the virtues of destructive ideas like socialism and communism and discredited figures such as Karl Marx and Che Guevara. And the media today is obsessed with telling you that students want socialism in America.

Yet, Young America’s Foundation national poll of 1,000 of your peers reveals that most college-age students do not want more government intervention in their lives. They want to be able to pursue their dreams and have the freedom to make their own economic choices.

By attending the Road to Freedom Seminar, you will engage with some of the most accomplished business leaders, professors, authors, and policy experts advancing free enterprise and entrepreneurship today and be inspired by the life and legacy of one of history’s greatest champions of free market principles – President Ronald Reagan.

During this premier program, students will have the opportunity to tour President Ronald Reagan’s beloved ranch, which served as his home for 25 years and the “Western White House” for eight. The very essence of President Reagan’s character is found at the Ranch—his humility, frugality, love for freedom, and belief in personal responsibility and the American Dream. The Ranch embodies his vision of what America was, is, and could be –a “Shining City on a Hill.”

No prior knowledge on business or economics is required to attend.


  • Learn key business and economic ideas
  • Interact with top business leaders and economic experts
  • Gain access to valuable resources
  • Walk in Ronald Reagan’s footsteps
  • Participate in training on effective campus activism strategies
  • Meet and network with like-minded students
  • Improve your debate skills
  • Become a leader within your campus club


  • Governor Scott Walker, President of Young America’s Foundation and 45th Governor of Wisconsin
  • Dr. Arthur Laffer, Economist and Presidential Advisor
  • Antony Davies & James Harrigan, Hosts of Words and Numbers
  • Alex Epstein, author of Fossil Future
  • And more!

TUITION: The $45 seminar fee includes seminar tuition, all materials, Friday and Saturday night lodging a local Santa Barbara hotel, and four meals from Friday dinner to Saturday dinner.

TRAVEL AND TUITION ASSISTANCE: Travel and tuition assistance may be available on a case-by-case basis for those with demonstrable financial need. Please check the Frequently Asked Questions below for instructions about how to apply. Please note that travel and tuition assistance are not guaranteed and are allocated on a case-by-case basis.

MORE DETAILS: For details about applying for travel or tuition assistance, travel options and shuttles, dress code, hotel accommodations, and more, please check the program Frequently Asked Questions.


The Reagan Ranch Center
217 State Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101

Dr. Arthur Laffer

Economist, Professor, and Author

Arthur B. Laffer’s economic acumen and influence in triggering a world-wide tax-cutting movement in the 1980s have earned him the distinction in many publications as “The Father of Supply-Side Economics.”  The Laffer Curve is one of the main theoretical constructs of supply-side economics, illustrating the tradeoff between tax rates and actual tax revenues. Dr. Laffer’s…

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Dr. Antony Davies

Associate Professor of Economics, Duquesne University

Dr. Antony Davies’ research interests include econometrics, public policy, and consumer behavior. Davies has authored over 150 op-eds for, among others, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Investors Business Daily, and New York Daily News. He is a frequent lecturer at policy conferences on Capitol Hill, and his YouTube videos on economics and statistics have garnered over 3…

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Alex Epstein

New York Times bestselling author and Founder and President, Center for Industrial Progress

Alex Epstein is a philosopher and energy expert who argues that “human flourishing” should be the guiding principle of industrial and environmental progress. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. Alex has made his moral case for fossil fuels at dozens of campuses, including Harvard, Yale,…

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Governor Scott Walker

President of Young America’s Foundation and 45th Governor of Wisconsin

Governor Scott Walker was elected president of Young America's Foundation on February 1, 2021. Governor Walker was raised with a heart for public service, patriotism, and hard work. He moved to the small town of Delavan, Wisconsin, when he was in third grade. There, his father was a minister and his mother worked part time as a bookkeeper and secretary.…

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