July 6, 2018
Since the early days of classical civilization, when (a notably imperfect form of) democracy was born, at least some people in the world have had an expectation that they should have a voice in the laws under which they live. As civilization grew and representative democracy became the norm rather than a rare exception, human beings everywhere began to demand a choice in their form of government.
Even within long-established countries, subgroups of citizens are working for more autonomy today. The Free State Project pioneers in New Hampshire and doing it one way, and others are agitating for California, for example, to be...
October 12, 2017
It’s been a tremendous year since we released I, Whiskey on YouTube and Facebook and co-hosted our red carpet premiere with the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) at Jack Rose Dining Saloon—and the tour continues.
We’ve just returned from our screening debut at WhiskyFest San Francisco, where I introduced the I, Whiskey brain trust and all-star panel: Executive Producer Richard Morrison (who urged attendees to...
June 30, 2017
CEI founder Fred L. Smith, Jr. recently spoke with the PanAm Post’s David Unsworth about the future of free market activism and how libertarians feel about the Trump presidency so far. They also dicuss the state of the climate change debate and predictions of environmental catastrophe.
The PamAm Post, along with CEI, was a sponsor of the recent Conservatives International: Americas conference in Miami, where this interview was recorded. My colleagues...
November 10, 2016
Trade: The core element of Trump’s rhetoric is that free trade has...
October 13, 2016a new study out today on the morality of capitalism, in particular discussing how we think about corporations as economic actors. Is capitalism good just because it’s efficient at producing wealth, or does it have more compelling human qualities? How should corporations talk about their...
June 24, 2016
The massacre in Orlando was a tragic reminder that we’re at war—against hate, against extremism, and against intolerance. Although there are many contributing factors to today’s war on terror, history can show us how political and religious disagreements are far more likely to lead to violence than the ostensibly rapacious arena of business competition. Specifically, if you look at the hundreds of years of religious conflict that Europe once endured, there are some interesting lessons that can be learned about how nations can foster tolerance.
Now-liberal Europe once endured centuries of religious conflict. Voltaire, an early champion of the market economy as well as religious toleration, argued that passions of any sort can lead to violent outcomes. Mankind, he argued, is made for action. The challenge is to transform that...
June 17, 2016
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April 15, 2016
This has been a good week for capitalist backbone. As Kim Strassel discusses in the Wall Street Journal today, we’ve seen two high profile cases of the CEOs of large, prominent company give spirited defenses to the role of their firms in society. General Electric’s Jeff Immelt and Verizon’s Lowell McAdam both hit back against the charge that their firms were “...
April 14, 2016
Another CEO of a big American company has spoken up about the charge that he and his employees are “destroying the moral fabric” of America. Lowell McAdam of Verizon, in a post at LinkedIn, answered the charges (also addressed recently by General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt) that his company doesn’t pay the appropriate amount of tax, doesn’t invest in the U.S., and, specifically in Verizon’s case, is trying to force inappropriate concessions on the unionized portion of its workforce.
Today – as we have over our...