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  • 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."
  • VIDEO: How to Become a Federal Criminal

    June 14, 2019
    Have you ever made an unreasonable gesture to a passing horse in a national park? If so, you are already a federal criminal. For the rest of us, there’s a new work of reference, humor, and legal theory from attorney Mike Chase titled “How to Become a Federal Criminal: An Illustrated Handbook for the Aspiring Offender.”
  • This Summer, Celebrate Lemonade Freedom

    June 12, 2019
    There is good news for young entrepreneurs coming out of the Lone Star State, as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) recently signed a bill allowing children to operate lemonade stands without needing a permit. Specifically, it “prohibits cities and neighborhood associations from enacting rules that block or regulate minors trying to sell nonalcoholic beverages on private property.”
  • Does Capitalism Destroy Culture?

    June 11, 2019
    Capitalism’s critics claim that the pursuit of profit can become like a black hole, consuming all of our attention and energy at the expense of culture. Some argue, for example, that the shopping activity that accompanies “Black Friday” comes at the expense of a traditional Thanksgiving. Many of us suspect that it would be better to be contemplative and thankful for our blessings, but who can resist a good deal?

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