PULLMAN, Wash. — Mark Skousen, president of the Foundation for Economic Education, is coming to Washington State University as this year’s Freedom Philosophy Day guest speaker on Thursday, April 4.

He will present a public lecture, “Against All Odds: How the Adam Smith Model of Laissez Faire Capitalism Triumphed over Keynesianism, Marxism and Socialism” at 7:30 p.m. in Todd Hall, Room 276.

For the past 23 years, Skousen has edited his own investment advisory newsletter, Forecasts & Strategies. He is an occasional columnist for Forbes, and has written for The Wall Street Journal, Reason, Liberty, and The Journal of Economics Perspectives.

He has written 20 books covering topics in economics and investments, including “Economics on Trial,” “Puzzles and Paradoxes in Economics,” “Economic Logic,” “The Complete Guide to Financial Privacy,” “High Finance on a Low Budget” (co-authored with his wife, Jo Ann) and “Scrooge Investing.”

Skousen received his B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. in economics from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He was an economic analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency and a professor of economics and finance at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.

The Freedom Philosophy Day speaker program is supported by a gift from the late alumnus Geoff and Florence Maughmer. Freedom Philosophy Day celebrates the university as a marketplace of ideas. Proponents of the Freedom Philosophy believe in “maximum individual liberty and responsibility, limited governments and the free enterprise system.”

Maughmer was a long-time executive with the General Electric Co. The Maughmers’ were deeply committed to the libertarian philosophy, says Rom Markin, host of WSU’s Freedom Philosophy Day activities and holder of the Maughmer Freedom Philosophy professorship.