Archive for May, 2014

CEE Review: Nike and greatness, Teen privacy on Facebook, Athlete-entrepreneurs, and more

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

News and Opinion

Nike’s philosophical one-minute commercial: Who really has the potential for greatness? (YouTube).

The Wall Street Journal, Emily Chasan on the results of U.S. securities regulators’ lifting restrictions on advertising of private securities sales.

facebook-privacy-teensTeen privacy, Facebook, and the FTC. (At The Washington Post.)

At CNBC, 15 Pro Athletes Turned Entrepreneurs.

On the learned optimism of happy people.

Fast Company‘s advice: “How To Do What You Love And Not Go Broke”.

Answer: About $1.9 trillion. Question: How much does complying with federal regulations cost Americans each year? Jennifer Harper in the Washington Times.

Tacoma, Washington: entrepreneurial citizens paint own crosswalks, city removes them. Drudge Report’s site.


In Sydney, Australia: the 21st Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Professional + Applied Ethics will be held from June 22-24, 2014.

Manhattanville College’s Economic Freedom Institute is hosting a conference in New York from October 12-14: “The focus of this year’s conference is the 70th anniversary of Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, the relationship between economic and political freedom. In particular, does Hayek’s critique of political freedom in a planned economy also apply to the modern regulatory, welfare, and surveillance state?”

On May 22, Stephen Hicks will be giving a talk in Lisbon at the Catholic University of Portugal on “Nietzsche and the Nazis: Did the National Socialists Use or Abuse Nietzsche’s Philosophy?”

With the end of the academic year, CEE Review will move to a bi-weekly schedule over the summer. We’ve got some entrepreneurial tanning — er — research to do.

See you next time with our digest of new and interesting items in entrepreneurship, ethics, and political economy. Here are the previous editions of CEE Review.

CEE Review: Piketty, Leisure and wealth, Cayman Islands, Vanderbilt the anti-monopolist, and more

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

News and Opinion

The Economist explains why the rich now have less leisure than the poor.

Burton Folsom with some entrepreneurial history: How Vanderbilt broke Fulton’s steamboat monopoly.

On Thomas Piketty’s magisterial Capital in the Twenty-first Century: Tyler Cowen’s review in Foreign Affairs. And a round-up of reviews at Bradford DeLong’s site.ethics-test-cheat

“Kantian Virtue Ethics in the Context of Business: How Practically Useful Can It Be?” Koehn comments on Dierksmeier at Business Ethics Journal Review.

At, a series of online courses on the Cayman Islands Revolution, The Haves and the Have Nots, and more.

The comic panel, in honor of exam week here at Rockford University, is originally from The Christian Science Monitor.


Blast from the past: Our Kaizen interview with entrepreneurial architect John Gillis.

“What Business Ethics Can Learn from Entrepreneurship”: Stephen Hicks’s essay has been translated into Portuguese by Matheus Pacini and Vinicius Cintra: “O que a ética empresarial pode aprender com o empreendedorismo.” In HTML version or PDF version. Originally published in Journal of Private Enterprise 24, Spring 2009.

Jeffrey Tucker: “Enterprise is inseparable from a high tolerance for personal suffering. We don’t usually notice this because we tend to only look at end results of already successful enterprises, and see happy, successful, rich business people. Everything seems inevitable in retrospect, and easy from the point of view of outsiders. We don’t see the sleepless nights, the screw ups, the misallocations, the unexpected disasters, the embarrassments, the personal betrayals, the hidden obstacles, the endless hours of frustration when nothing is happening and the clock is running and no one seems to care, not to mention the sheer terror of facing an uncertain future when so much is on the line. The moments of victory come very late in the game and they are never permanent. They can disappear much more quickly than it took them to appear in the first place. And yet: the entrepreneur still acts and still changes the world.”

See you next time with our digest of new and interesting items in entrepreneurship, ethics, and political economy. Here are the previous editions of CEE Review.

Entrepreneurship in Latin America: 5 interviews

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Here are five interviews with Latin American entrepreneurs we’ve published in Kaizen, covering the business areas of construction, agriculture, logistics, education, aluminum, and oil and gas.

map-latinamerica* Entrepreneurship and Infrastructure in Brazil: Interview with Brasília Guaíba president André Loiferman.

* Entrepreneurial Agriculture: Interview with Argentina’s Enrique Duhau.

* Entrepreneurial Logistics in Panama: Interview with Surse Pierpoint.

* Entrepreneurship in Argentina: Interview with Junior Achievement Argentina founder Eduardo Marty.

* Entrepreneurship in Brazil: Interview with Petropar S.A. board members William and Wilson Ling.

Forthcoming Fall 2014: Interview with Guillermo Yeatts on Entrepreneurship in Latin America.

More Kaizen interviews in entrepreneurship here.

CEE Review: Corporations and religion?, Bhagwati and Easterly, Entrepreneurial hubs, and more

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

News and Opinion

Business ethicist Chris MacDonald reflects on the Hobby Lobby case and asks whether corporations can have religious goals.

Development economists everywhere: in Financial Times, a profile interview with Jagdish Bhagwati, who asks whether the “tortoise” India can overtake the “hare” China. Polasek-Albin-Man-Carving-His-Own-Destiny-(1907)

And in “Spare the Advice,” a The New York Times review of William Easterly’s The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor.

Mindsets in collision — bureaucratic versus voluntary-initiative: banning free food for the homeless.

A new study from Kauffman on how cities become entrepreneurial: “Think Locally, Act Locally: Building a Robust Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.”

Sarbanes-Oxley’s reach? “The Supreme Court agreed to decide whether prosecutors can use the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley corporate governance law, which makes it a crime to destroy records, to target a fisherman for allegedly throwing undersized red grouper overboard.” At The Wall Street Journal blog.

Breakthrough in data storage: Sony’s new magnetic tape technology enables 185 TB cartridges.


In May, the Chicago chapter of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship is hosting Elevating Entrepreneurship Benefit. Check out our Kaizen interview with NFTE founder Steve Mariotti.

In conjunction with the Polish translation of Stephen Hicks’s Nietzsche and the Nazis, Professor Hicks will be giving a series of lectures this May in Poland at Nicolas Copernicus University, University of Casimir the Great, and Gdańsk University.

The image above (click to enlarge) is of Albin Polasek with his Man Carving His Own Destiny (1907).

See you next time with our digest of new and interesting items in entrepreneurship, ethics, and political economy. Here are the previous editions of CEE Review.