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
This election has given us one more demonstration that knowledge is dispersed and “trusting the experts” to know the future is foolish. The unexpected success of Donald Trump in the general election, however, has a lot of relevance for CEI’s policy work.
Trade: The core element of Trump’s rhetoric is that free trade has had an unfairly...
October 13, 2016
My colleague Fred Smith has a 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 mission and respond...
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
There’s a new resource for understanding the state of play between politics and dramatic developments in the service sector: the pleasantly slim volume by the Manhattan Institute’s Jared Meyer, Uber-Positive: Why Americans Love the Sharing...
June 9, 2016
Jane Shaw of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy has a compelling new commentary out this week on the state of business schools. She discusses evolving ideas about what a business school education should be about, including...
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...
April 11, 2016
Today is a sad day for fans of capitalism and Philadelphia sports alike. Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and sports industry legend Ed Snider passed away over the weekend following a two year battle with cancer. Snider was the co-founder and owner of the Philadelphia Flyers and the lead developer of their stadiums—the Spectrum, in the 1960s, and the Wells Fargo Center in the 1990s.
Starting with a degree in accounting from the University of Maryland, Snider went on to build a business empire of sports-related enterprises: professional hockey, facilities management, food services, marketing and sponsorship, and ticket-selling. Snider was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988 and over the years ...