Category Archives: Business

Niall Ferguson’s *The Ascent of Money*

A good paragraph from Niall Ferguson’s 2008. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World (Penguin Press): “Despite our deeply rooted prejudices against ‘filthy lucre’, however, money is the root of progress. To adapt a phrase from … Continue reading

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Video Interview with John Chisholm — Transcript

Interview conducted at Rockford University by Stephen Hicks and sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship. Hicks: Our guest today is John Chisholm. John is a serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, now based in San Francisco, involved in a … Continue reading

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Shawn Klein’s *Steve Jobs and Philosophy*

A new book is forthcoming this spring: Steve Jobs and Philosophy. The editor is Shawn E. Klein, a professor of philosophy at Rockford University. He has assembled sixteen essays on Steve Jobs’s impact. Klein’s summary: “Jobs was an outstanding achiever … Continue reading

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Texts in Philosophy — items added April 2014

Four articles from the 1989 debate sparked by federal funding for works by Robert Mapplethorpe and Andres Serrano. * Jesse Helms, “Amendment 420: The NEA Should Not Fund Obscenity” [pdf]. * Robert Hughes, “A Loony Parody of Cultural Democracy” [pdf]. … Continue reading

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Timothy Sandefur at the Volokh Conspiracy

Lawyer Timothy Sandefur of the Pacific Legal Foundation is guest blogging at the Volokh Conspiracy. In 2009, Sandefur spoke at Rockford University on on the topic of “Market Entrepreneurs and Political Entrepreneurs: Some Legal and Constitutional Issues”; my follow-up interview … Continue reading

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Links for “13 arguments for liberal capitalism in 13 minutes”

For my “13 Arguments for Liberal Capitalism in 13 Minutes (more or less)”, here are direct links for each individual argument: 1. Liberal capitalism increases freedom. 2. People work harder in liberal capitalist systems. 3. People work smarter under liberal … Continue reading

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Full Kaizen interview with entrepreneur Surse Pierpoint

My full interview with Panama’s Surse Pierpoint is now posted at the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship’s site. The theme of the interview is Entrepreneurial Logistics in Panama. An abbreviated version was published last month in Kaizen. Be sure to … Continue reading

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Luhnow on the two Latin Americas

In The Wall Street Journal, David Luhnow contrasts “The Two Latin Americas” — one oriented to the Atlantic and statism and the other oriented to the Pacific and markets. “In 2014, the Pacific Alliance trade bloc (consisting of Mexico, Colombia, … Continue reading

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