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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 2

More government = less freedom

This is Part Two in a Series of Posts from 2013 VALS Program hosted by Colorado Christian University.  The topics was The Moral Case For Free Enterprise – this information will assist anyone in articulating the necessity of preserving the greatest economic system that has ever existed on the earth. Go to the end of this post to access the other posts from this conference.

a system that enables us to attempt our dreams
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The Moral Case For Free Enterprise: Part 2

Dr. Jay Richards – visiting Fellow at the Discovery Institute

As a college student, Dr Richards wrested with the idea that if the essence of capitalism is greed, then as a Christian, he had a moral dilemma to deal with. He began exploring this and found several books that helped him come to terms with, and become an advocate for, free enterprise – Thomas Sowell’s book Marxism: Philosophy and Economics and The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek

He now defines an Entrepreneur as one who risks his own wealth, success, and reputation in anticipation of meeting human needs; therefore the entrepreneur is not the greedy miser that the Bible warns about. But this characterization is not one that is widely held in today’s popular culture, and was completely demonized in the Occupy Movements of 2012.*

Richards believes that the entrepreneur and the free enterprise system are easily dismissed as greedy because a person’s evaluation of free enterprise becomes distorted –  it becomes distorted when he applies his own moral intuitions with a ‘misunderstanding of the nature of wealth and free enterprise’. You see, economics has its own laws just like chemistry and physics that can be studied and learned – all of these laws are part of God’s created world that He has left it up to us to discover. Unfortunately,  it is this distorted view of free enterprise that leads many to perceive socialism as the Christian economic model.

His goal (accomplished through his book Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem) is the application of true ethics with good economics. He shared three Myths that he debunks in his book:

Myth 1: The Piety Myth

This is the myth that it is more important to focus on the state of your heart than the outcome of your actions. Richards points out that because of the laws of economics, it does not matter what the motive or the intention is, the consequences will still play out among all groups affected by that action. His very disturbing example sites the unintended consequences of establishing international child labor laws, which most would agree on the surface, is a good idea. However a 1997 UNICEF study revealed that because children were forbidden from working in textile factories, they now turned to stone crushing, street hustling, and prostitution to bring in the money necessary to support their families.

image from: norteno1.blogspot.com Look at this little guy – he just wants to play fetch!

Myth 2: Zero-Sum Myth

This is the myth that if I get rich, then you have to get poor; or that there has to be a winner and a looser.  In free enterprise we do not operate on a win/loose system- it is a win/win. I have something you want; we agree to exchange my something for your something, and we are both happier as a result.

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Richards gave us a clear example from his 6th grade class where his teacher implemented an experiment to illustrate this point. Each student was given a random trinket/toy. When asked to score how happy they were with their toy, she totalled up all of the figures and arrived at a number that she called the happiness quotient. The next part of the game was to allow all the children to exchange toys with someone in their row of seats, if they wanted to. Scores were totalled and the happiness quotient rose…without any new toys/items being added to the game/equation. The last step was to open up the exchange so that all students could trade with all other students. Scores were tallied and the happiness quotient rose exponentially higher, without any new or better toys being added to the game. The moral was obvious to all of us even before the anecdote was finished - free trade with as many people as possible, with as little restriction as possible resulted in a higher overall happiness quotient and a greater number of happy people!

Myth 3: Materialist Myth

This is the myth that wealth is not created, but merely transferred; the myth that there is a fixed amount of pie. I have heard this many times before, and it strikes me odd that anyone who has ever held a job or earned an allowance can buy into this myth. It’s like going into a bakery and fighting with every customer each time a pie is purchased because you think it is the last pie on earth…when the reality is that the free enterprise baker is in the back of the shop still baking more pies. Richards had a wonderful Biblical truth to tie all this together – imago dei – we are made in the image of God. Human beings were created to transform matter into resources, thereby creating wealth for ourselves and others.

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My summary of Richards points:

Capitalism is the Christian economic model that produces more happiness for more people. If we are truly following what the Bible teaches, then we will naturally heed the warning to be miserly and greedy, and we will take risks to transform matter into resources and provided win/win exchanges for society.


*Aside: Dr. Richards gave an account of a participant in the Occupy Movement who had a Masters Degree in Puppetry, but could not find a job. His inability to find a job as a puppeteer was an economic injustice that he wanted someone else to ‘pay for’.

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/

To access Part 3, go here: http://moorefromlife.com/entrepreneurship/freeenterprisepart3/

To access Part 1, go here: http://moorefromlife.com/colorado-adventures/freeenterprisepart1

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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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Recycled Registry.com and Rock A My Baby Family Enrichment Center

team up for a community recycling program –  Give us your used squeezie food pouches!

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Don’t you just love squeezie fruit pouches as a healthy snack for your kids!? They can be consumed on the go, don’t have to be refrigerated, and pack really easily. So did I, until I learned that they cannot be recycled…until now!

My company, Recycled Registry.com has formed a strategic partnership with TerraCycle to collect and re-puropse post-consumer waste (i.e. squeezie food pouches) that cannot be traditionally recycled.  Our first permanent collection location will be Rock A My Baby, and we will be kicking off this program at the Castle Rock Starlighting on November 23 from 2-7pm.

The Castle Rock, Co Star

At the Starlighting, We will have 3 “secret” locations throughout the neighborhood for recycling squeezie pouches. Simply find our ‘secret’ locations, recycle your pouches, and get your secret password at the receptacle which will give you 30% off one item during the Starlighting Festival at Rock A My Baby’s Starlighting location inside Glitter Boutique on Perry Street. After the event, you can bring your squeezie pouches to Rock a My Baby’s boutique at 107 5th Street Castle Rock, Co 80104.

This innovative partnership was formed because both organizations share the vision of being good stewards of our resources and serving local families. In fact, one reason I started Recycled Registry.com was a way to reduce the amount of baby products going into our landfills. If you are like me, and don’t need everything for your kiddos to be brand-spankin’ new, then re-purposing between friends might be for you too!

Recycled Registry.com allows you to ask for gently used items on your wish list

Recycled Registry.com allows you to ask for gently used items on your wish list

Here’s how Recycled Registry.com works. You create a party invitation – baby shower, birthday, Christmas, etc. Then you create your Registry, or wish list of items, that is directly attached to your party invitation. For each Registry item, you can let your guests know if you will accept that item new or used. That way, your friends and family can shop a boutique baby store, their own basements, online, or consignment.  Think of us as a combination of “evite” with a hand-me-down wish list attached.

Recycled Registry.com respects your budget and will never charge you to use our online service. We are also proud to be the official Registry Service of Rock A My Baby – so sign up for a FREE ACCOUNT today and plan an event using Recycled Registry.com!

use Recycled Registry.com for your next event and ask your friends to bring you their re-purposed gifts!

use Recycled Registry.com for your next event and ask your friends to bring you their re-purposed gifts!

And please remember to bring your squeezie pouches to Rock A My Baby to reduce the post consumer waste generated by our littlest planet dwellers.  See you at the Star Lighting!

Join us for Starlighting and fireworks on Nov 23, from 2-7pm

 

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