Archive for the ‘Political Economy’ Category

Only in Argentina?

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

map-argentinaA fun and informative post about 20 things that only happen in Argentina.


* Two of our Kaizen interviews on entrepreneurship and ethics:
Enrique Duhau and Eduardo Marty.

* Business in Argentina — interview with Federico Fernández and Martin Sarano.

* A comparison of how resource-poor Hong Kong’s relatively laissez-faire free market has taken it from poverty to riches while resource-rich Argentina’s experiments in statism have taken it from prosperity to decline and semi-functionality.

* Stephen Hicks’s keynote lecture at the 2010 Austrian Economics conference in Rosario, Argentina, sponsored by the Bases Foundation, the Faculty of Economics of the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina, and the Instituto Hayek.

Hicks and Zientkowski on Nietzsche’s politics of genius

Friday, February 21st, 2014

ruch-filo-polandPrzemysław Zientkowski (Nicholas Copernicus University, Poland) and Stephen Hicks (Rockford University, USA) have a co-authored article (in English) now out in the Polish journal, Ruch Filozoficzny.

The full title of the article is “Friedrich Nietzsche’s Politics of Genius and Its Challenge for Liberal-Democratic Europe.”

Zientkowski recently (2013) published a book on the critique of human rights in Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophy and Hicks is the author of Nietzsche and the Nazis (2010) and “Egoism in Nietzsche and Rand” (2009).

Paul Theroux on ending aid to Africa

Monday, December 9th, 2013

150 years of aid to Africa has not helped much — and may have hurt more than it helped — argues writer Paul Theroux in Barron’s. (1) If goods are provided free by foreigners, local small businesses cannot compete, and they go out of business. A cycle of dependency is thus created. (2) Corrupt government is the other major problem — bribery, oppressive regulations, extortion, and theft on a grand scale are endemic.

So Theroux calls for fresh thinking about how economic development occurs: “the self-sufficiency of ordinary people” must be enabled, by getting the politicians off their backs and ask the well-meaning to stop creating dependency.

See also Magatte Wade on entrepreneurship as the fundamental route out of poverty for everyone, not only Africans.

Silicon Africa on the African diaspora

Monday, October 28th, 2013

“I want to start a business back home, but everything is political in Africa. If you don’t have connections, your business could be crushed and closed at any time by officials.”

In “The Top 10 Fears of African Diaspora About Africa,” Mawuna Remarque Koutonin explains why most of the 30 million Africans who have left Africa are worried about returning home. “70% of African graduates in the diaspora are willing to return to build Africa,” she writes, but realistic fears prevent them from doing so.

See also our Kaizen interview with Senegalese-American entrepreneur Magatte Wade about her own journey and Africa’s challenges.

Robert Lawson to speak at Rockford University

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

lawsonrobertDr. Robert Lawson is co-author of the widely-used Economic Freedom of the World, which “uses 42 distinct pieces of data to measure economic freedom in 141 nations.” He will speak at Rockford University on October 23.

Professor Lawson teaches at Southern Methodist University in Texas, where he is the Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom. Previously, he earned his B.S. in economics from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from Florida State University.

Professor Lawson’s talk is sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship. More about Dr. Lawson here.

Stephen Hicks on 13 arguments for liberal capitalism in 13 minutes

Monday, October 14th, 2013

The thirteen arguments are:
1. Liberal capitalism increases freedom.
2. People work harder in liberal capitalist systems.
3. People work smarter under liberal capitalism.
4. Liberalism increases individuality and creativity.
5. Liberal capitalism increases the average standard of living.
6. The poor are better off under liberal capitalism.
7. Liberal capitalism generates more philanthropy.
8. More outstanding individuals flourish under liberal capitalism.
9. Liberalism’s individualism increases happiness.
10. Liberal capitalist societies are more interesting.
11. Tolerance increases under liberal capitalism.
12. Sexism and racism decrease under capitalism.
13. Liberal capitalism leads to international peace.

And here is the full playlist at YouTube.

Kaizen 27: The Enrique Duhau interview

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Entrepreneurial Agriculture

The latest issue of Kaizen [pdf] features my interview with entrepreneur Enrique Duhau. We met in Buenos Aires to discuss the challenges of doing business in Argentina’s complicated political economy, k27-coverMr. Duhau’s experience in co-founding Apple Argentina, Maxim Software, ESEADE, and Junior Achievement Argentina, as well as the character traits necessary for success in entrepreneurship.

Also featured in this issue of Kaizen are guest speaker Terry Noel, the High School Entrepreneurship Day, and the accomplishments of Rockford University student Jennifer Harrolle.

Print copies of Kaizen are in the mail to the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship‘s supporters and are available at Rockford University.

Our next issue will feature an extended interview with Surse Pierpoint on the theme of Entrepreneurial Logistics in Panama.

More Kaizen interviews with leading entrepreneurs are the CEE site here.

Video interview with Professor Nicholas Capaldi

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Professor Capaldi lectured recently at Rockford University on the topic of “The Lockean Liberty Narrative versus the Rousseau Equality Narrative, and How These Narratives Explain Everything.” Afterward Professor Hicks interviewed Professor Capaldi on the themes of his talk — the debate between the broadly Lockean and Rousseauian narratives, enterprise and civil societies, the nature of the corporation, corporate philanthropy, affirmative action, and more.

Professor Capaldi is the Legendre-Soulé Distinguished Chair in Business Ethics at Loyola University, New Orleans. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has taught at a variety of universities in the USA and around the world, including Columbia University, Queens College, City University of New York, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and the National University of Singapore.

His principal research and teaching interest is in public policy and its intersection with political science, philosophy, law, religion, and economics. He is the author of seven books, including The Two Narratives of Political Economy (2010), John Stuart Mill: A Biography (2004), and America’s Spiritual Capital (2012).

Professor Capaldi’s talk was sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship. More about Dr. Capaldi here.

Soon Chilean Entrepreneurs Will Be Able to Incorporate in One Day

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

By May, a new law in Chile should be in effect, allowing entrepreneurs to incorporate their businesses online for free within one day. This is part of Chile’s Year of Innovation, a billion-dollar initiative launched by President Sebastián Piñera, which is designed to simplify the process of innovation for Chileans.

Read more about the new law here.

Learn about Chile’s Year of Innovation.

Interview with Professor Arielle John

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Professor Stephen Hicks, CEE’s Executive Director, interviewed guest speaker Arielle John (Beloit College) about the influence of culture on entrepreneurship. Watch the interview below.