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  • The Middle Class Crisis That Wasn't

    July 15, 2019
    Recently billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad calls for a wealth tax in The New York Times and fellow billionaire Ken Fisher responded in USA Today with a challenge that wealthy Americans (and the rest of the country) would be better off investing their money in further for-profit enterprises. That’s a pretty stark contrast, and one that shows off two very different attitudes toward wealth and prosperity in America.
  • Who Does More Damage to a Free Economy: Socialists or Cronyists?

    July 11, 2019
    Our friend Matt Mitchell of the Mercatus Center has a fascinating new article at Reason on how businesspeople feel about government favors and privileges. It seems that a poll conducted by Matt and his colleagues finds that corporate managers and executives who work at companies that benefit from cronyism express a noticeably more favorable view of cronyism.
  • CEI Annual Dinner 2019: Rebecca Dunn

    July 11, 2019
    The videos and transcripts are in from the the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s 35th Anniversary Dinner and Reception. One of the most moving moments of the evening was when longtime friend and supporter of CEI Rebecca Dunn took the stage to deliver a toast to our 35 years of research and advocacy.
  • CEI Annual Dinner 2019: Dave Barry

    July 11, 2019
    We here at the Competitive Enterprise Institute were excited when the funny and insightful writer Dave Barry agreed to deliver the keynote address at our 35th Anniversary Dinner and Reception. I am happy to report that his delivery exceeded even our expectations.
  • CEI Annual Dinner 2019: Johan Norberg

    July 11, 2019
    It’s been a couple of weeks since the success of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s 35th Anniversary Dinner and Reception, and I’m happy to finally be able to bring everyone the videos and transcripts of all of the evening’s speakers. Below you’ll see the remarks delivered by the 2019 Julian L. Simon Memorial Award recipient Johan Norberg, who spoke about human progress and the importance of optimism.
  • CEI Annual Dinner 2019: Kent Lassman

    July 11, 2019
    All of the media content from the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s 35th Anniversary Dinner and Reception last month is now available, including remarks from Master of Ceremonies Katherine Mangu-Ward, and CEI President Kent Lassman, whose speech you can view below (followed by a transcript).
  • CEI Annual Dinner 2019: Katherine Mangu-Ward

    July 11, 2019
    We’re still thanking everyone who supported, sponsored, and attended the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s 35th Anniversary Dinner and Reception last month. One of the superstars of the program that we’re especially grateful to is our fabulous master of ceremonies, Reason magazine editor-in-chief Katherine Mangu-Ward. 
  • A Vision for Freedom: CEI's 35th Anniversary

    June 24, 2019
    At the Competitive Enterprise Institute this week we’re still reflecting on the success of last Thursday’s 35th anniversary dinner and gala, and thanking our friends and sponsors for making the night so wonderful. On Friday, I blogged the annual dinner movie, a 10-minute short inspired by “Game of Thrones” and our own experiences working in the imperial city of Washington, D.C. Today, I'm pleased to bring you another short film, this one on the history of CEI.
  • Search for the Hand: 2019 CEI Dinner Movie

    June 21, 2019
    Last night was the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s 35th anniversary dinner and gala here in Washington, D.C., and a crowd of several hundred friends and supporters made the evening very special. The crowd was especially moved by tributes from the stage to founder Fred Smith by current CEI President Kent Lassman and longtime friend-of-the-Institute Rebecca Dunn.
  • Political Realignment Is Big Problem for Free-Market Supporters

    June 20, 2019
    Angela Nagle, an economic nationalist and author of “Kill All Normies,” recently argued on a podcast that, “Conservatives are starting to have these interesting debates internally about the fact that capitalism is not being their friend and helping their cultural project. […] The priorities of economic libertarianism no longer make sense."

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