Archive for October, 2015

CEE Review: 9 things successful people do differently | Which job skills are most important? | Aristotle’s advice on speaking, and more

Monday, October 26th, 2015

News and Opinion

social-entrepreneurshipPoverty in Argentina: rag-pickers and city ordinances to make horses and carts illegal. In Spanish with English subtitles. Fundación Bases.

The 9 countries with the most entrepreneurship. Business Insider.

Barriers to entry for aspiring entrepreneurs. USA Today.

You’re not too tired to create. You’re too distracted.

Nine Things Successful People Do Differently. Harvard Business Review.

Aristotle_Altemps_Inv8575How Aristotle’s Advice on Speaking Saved This Woman’s Career, and How It Can Help You. Linkedin.

Which Skills are Most Important on the Job and Which Skills are in Short Supply? Committee for Economic Development.

Steve Mariotti’s list of 15 productions every entrepreneur must see. Our interview with Mariotti here.

Are Networks Replacing Firms as Organizers of Business Activity? Business Ethics Highlights.


Skills-hardest-HireThe Atlas Society has published Stephen Hicks’s lecture, “The Three Best Arguments against Liberal Capitalism.” See the 50-minute video at their site here.

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is coming soon (Nov. 16-22). Last year GEW reached more than 760,000 people across the U.S. through 4,500 event organizers throughout all 50 states. Find out how you can participate.

Idea: “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” Peter Drucker

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.

“What is The Most Important Question for Latin American Intellectuals?” — Stephen Hicks short video from Buenos Aires

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Professor Stephen Hicks gave a talk in June at a conference sponsored by Fundación para la Responsabilidad Intelectual (FRI), Junior Achievement Argentina, and the John Templeton Foundation. When he was in Buenos Aires, FRI also did three short videos of him addressing questions.

Here is a 6-minute video of Stephen Hicks on “What is The Most Important Question for Latin American Intellectuals?”:

More information on Fundación para la Responsabilidad Intelectual can be found at their Facebook page.

CEE Review: Is corporate social responsibility dangerous? | Women of color in entrepreneurship | Failing succeeds, and more

Monday, October 12th, 2015

News and Opinion

New Google LogoAds are annoying. So what does the ad industry do about it? Fortune.

Career Coach: If Google is ready to rebrand, maybe you should too. Here’s how. The Washington Post.

This graphic explains 20 cognitive biases that affect your decision making. Lifehacker.

Meet 50 Young Entrepreneurs Aiming to Change the World. Inc.

Women of Color in Entrepreneurship: New data and what it means for the economy. Kauffman Foundation.Volkswagen_logo_2012.svg

Is Rampant Web Traffic Fraud Ruining the Internet? Business Ethics Highlights.

Has Corporate Social Responsibility become a dangerous racket? Matthew Lynn on the VW scandal. The Telegraph.

Cheating Gets the Most Attention, but Doesn’t Do the Most Damage. Mercatus Center.

Behavioral economics gives honesty a nudge. The New York Times.

Failing succeeds: Technology and the “Conroe Crater”. American Oil & Gas Historical Society.


Startup Angels Michigan is holding its first event this month, a half-day conference for experienced and aspiring angel investors on the state-of-the-art in startup investing and ways to capitalize on the global entrepreneurship phenomenon. Hear from top investment leaders, Paul Singh of 500 Startups and Andy Jenks of Drive Capital, on the future of startup investing in the Midwest. Find more information about the event and how to register here.

Purpose-graphic-vennIdeas: Richard Branson’s top ten favorite quotes on failure.

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.

Video Interview with Professor Nicholas Capaldi — Transcript

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Interview conducted at Rockford University by Stephen Hicks and sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship.

Hicks: Our guest today is Professor Nicholas Capaldi, who is the Legendre-Soulé Professor of Business Ethics at Loyola University in New Orleans.capaldinick-crop

Professor Capaldi was here lecturing on business ethics. You framed your discussion on business ethics in terms of two broad narratives that have dominated the modern political thought and modern cultural thought: the Lockean and the Rousseauian. So, let me first ask you to summarize the main ingredients, so to speak, of the Lockean narrative. How does that go?

Capaldi: I call it, technically-speaking, the Lockean liberty narrative, and then I would flash that out in comparison to the Rousseauian equality narrative because I think the meaning they give to those terms tells you a lot about where they going. I would make a couple of very broad historical claims, namely, that there has been this ongoing debate or discussion between Lockeans and Rousseauians over a long period of time. And I will even strengthen the historical claim by saying that all the major spokespersons in public policy debates, etc., at one point or another, are defending or attacking either the Lockean or the Rousseauian point of view. To piggyback here on a Keynes remark, just as politicians are invoking some dead economist through a philosopher they haven’t read, I would say that a lot of contemporary theorists are repeating, in contemporary rhetoric, arguments that have been around since Locke first expressed his view and was critiqued by Rousseau.

Hicks: Is it fair then to say, in a historical context, as feudalism was declining, being overthrown, then the question in the modern world is: What are we going to replace it with? And we have two answers, a more Lockean answer and a more Rousseauian answer? Fair enough?

Capaldi: Sure. Locke is looking at this, even philosophically, from a very different point of view. He is thinking of wealth in a post-feudal world as something that is not finite, but can grow.

Hicks: Okay.

Capaldi: And it grows through labor and what we’ve come to call technological projects. So, industry, technology, etc. He is in a universe, in his mind, which is capable of potentially infinite growth. He thinks that this growth would be enhanced through a market economy. And in those places where Locke discusses market issues, he clearly comes out in favor of a market being as free as possible. He is certainly very famous for arguing in favor of limited government, and he thinks government should be limited in the interest of freeing the market economy. When he discusses legal matters he is a proponent of what has subsequently been called the rule of law, which, put in simple terms, means you put as many limitations as possible on government discretion so that it doesn’t overstep its bounds and interfere with the market. And finally, in many ways the most important point he makes is that none of these institutions can be understood nor can they work unless you have a certain kind of person, a person we’ve come subsequently to call the autonomous individual, and this is very important to Locke. Now, Locke’s assumption is that society is started on a contract. He means this in a metaphorical sense, but he understands a contract to mean the following: that all negotiation in the contract begins from the status quo. That you can’t have any negotiation unless you begin from status quo. That certainly privileges some people over other people. (more…)