With sustainability, climate change and asking that companies have a “purpose,” which is not simply the making of profits, the narratives of ethics and morality predominate in many discussions of capitalism.
Yet, is it not true that systems are complex and multiple action domains each contribute separately to the outcomes, whatever they may be?
It would be salutary, therefore, to bring into our considerations of capitalist enterprise economics. The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) concentrates on economic realities and thinking. They see themselves in the intellectual tradition of Frederic Bastiat, who noticed the power of “opportunity cost” in our thinking about prices and spending.
Brad DeVos joined AIER in 2017. He earned a B.S. in economics and a B.A. in urban studies from the College of Charleston, as well as an associates degree in computer aided design and drafting. Brad is a member of the historic Mont Pelerin Society, a L.E.E.D. Accredited Professional, a graduate of the Atlas Think Tank Leadership Academy and a member of the Foundation for Economic Education’s Faculty Network.
Through the Bastiat Society program, AIER makes the ideas that enable peaceful trade and human flourishing available to the everyday business person. They are the only international network of business people committed to advancing peaceful trade and human flourishing.
AIER’s Bastiat Society is geared for the business community—a highly leveraged, influential, and engaged audience. Apart from being active in the society, their members and attendees are also involved in various local issues, civic groups, trade associations and fraternal organizations.
The problem is—of all potential audiences for academic ideas—the business community is among the hardest to reach. They have companies to run, employees to take care of and families who deserve their attention.
The typical business person has limited spare time and is reluctant to take on additional commitments. Yet, these people also have the most to lose if capitalism is undermined and economic freedom is replaced by central planning and more government intervention.
The event is free and will last about an hour.
The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants the day before the event.
Steve Young, Global Executive Director of the Caux Round Table, will moderate.
To learn more about AIER, please visit their website at: www.aier.org