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The Moral Case For Free Enterprise: Part 1 - Moore From Life

In preparation for the 2014  VALS  Program hosted by CCU this week, I wanted to {finally} post my notes from last year’s Program.

On April 24, 2014 the topic will be “The Future of the American Dream: Crisis or Confidence?” Go here to register or lean more: http://www.ccu.edu/vals/

2013 VALS Program hosted by Colorado Christian University

The Moral Case For Free Enterprise: Part 1

More government = less freedom

ditto, little button; ditto
photo from: www.citizenspeaking.blogspot.com

This was the basic premise of the VALS Program sponsored by CCU that I attended last year at the DTC Hyatt in suburban Denver. Just days after our 4/20 “celebration” made the national news because someone opened fire on a bunch of public pot-smokers, I was attending a conference on the Moral Case For Free Enterprise. You’ve gotta love the dichotomy of our Denver culture!

I was interested in this topic because several years ago I attended an Independence Institute course on how to articulate the benefits of capitalism – we read a book by Thomas DiLorenzo titled How Capitalism Saved America: The Untold History of Our Country, from the Pilgrims to the Present and I just loved it’s historical examples and applications to today’s environment and regulations. I anticipate in the near future that I will be posting excerpts from that book on this blog.

This is the First in a Series of Posts from the 2013 VALS program, whose speakers and information will assist anyone in articulating the necessity of preserving the greatest economic system that has ever existed on the earth. As I add new posts, I will link them at the bottom of this post.

does the most good for the most people
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The Moral Case For Free Enterprise: Part 1

The overarching question that our host Gary Ewen, the Dean of Business and Leadership at CCU, posed was this: What does the attempt to regulate free enterprise do to the people who live in that society? He gave examples of thriving free enterprise markets like Hong Kong and Singapore; and pointed out that the free enterprise system of the US had been declining over the last few decades.  That point made me think that the $1500 that my uncle used to start his own business in 1974 would be impossible to accomplish now.

Mr. Ewen sited Korea as a blatant example of how geography has nothing to do with economic success; and that central planning does not work.  North Korea, he said, is the perfect example of the equal sharing of miseries...everyone is ‘provided for’ equally by their government (or Dear Leader), but they are equally miserable. He shared additional examples of how free market demand trumps central planning – the Ford 1908 vs the Chevy Edsel; FedEx vs USPS; 2012 Mustang vs Chevy Volt. Moral of the story- free enterprise doesn’t just make us better, it makes us better off.

Economic Freedom is the ‘salt and light in a dark world’

What is being taught in most traditional universities and throughout our culture, Ewen argues, is moral relativism, that liberty is bad, that big business is bad, wealth is bad, individual enterprise is bad, traditional lifestyle is bad, and that capitalism is bad. This war that we are fighting in our own country is between the makers and the takers; between freedom and control. And in a direct challenge to what had been echoed on two campaign trails and from the White House, Ewen closed by saying:

“Don’t spread our wealth around, spread our work ethic around”

Needless to say that the crowd of 800+ erupted in agreement. And I agreed too.  

 On April 24, 2014 the topic will be “The Future of the American Dream: Crisis or Confidence?” Go here to register or lean more: http://www.ccu.edu/vals/

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