The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism


The Clemson Institue for the Study of Capitalism is America's first and only University-based teaching and research center dedicated to exploring the moral foundations of capitalism.

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Past Events


Eric Daniels delivers TEDx Lecture

At the March 2010 TEDx Greenville event, CISC Professor Eric Daniels gave a lecture titled "The Moral Case for the Free Market."




Glenn Reynolds - The Higher Education Bubble, and What Comes Next - Fall 2010 Pope Lecture

Glenn Reynolds
Description: Over the past few decades, college and graduate tuitions have climbed much faster than the rate of inflation and the growth of household income, with the difference being made up by debt taken on by students who assumed they'd have no trouble paying it off after graduation. Now students are graduating with big debts, but no jobs. This process can't go on forever. What happens when it stops?

Glenn Reynolds Glenn Harlan Reynolds is the Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee. The author most recently of An Army of Davids: How Markets And Technology Empower Ordinary People To Beat Big Media, Big Government, And Other Goliaths, Reynolds is also a Contributing Editor at Popular Mechanics, a columnist at the Washington Examiner, and the host of "InstaVision" on PJTV.

Link to Full Announcement

Date: Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Place: Self Auditorium at the Strom Thrumond Institute, Clemson University

 


Virginia Postrel - The Right Kind of Rules: What Washington Can Learn from Twitter

Virginia Postrel, author of The Future and Its Enemies and The Substance of Style, delivered the John W. Pope Foundation lecture on February 24th, 2010. The title of the lecture was "The Right Kind of Rules: What Washington Can Learn from Twitter."

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John Allison - Leadership and Values

John A. Allison, IV, chairman and former CEO of BB&T Corp., delivered the Fall 2009 John W. Pope Lecture.

Allison's lecture addressed the genesis and implementation of his BB&T Values program at the company. He will explore how today's confusion about values has led to poor leadership and how an integrated vision of values can help develop better leaders as well as serve as a practical means to achieve success and happiness.

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Harvey C. Mansfield - Tocqueville's American Virtue

mansfieldHarvey C. Mansfield, Jr., the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Government at Harvard University, delivered the Fall 2008 John W. Pope Lecture Series.

What is "self-interest well understood," the virtue Tocqueville finds that Americans claim for themselves? Can all good motives be reduce to self-interest? What prevents Americans from being selfish? How do they sustain their political liberty?

Dr. Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr., is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Government at Harvard University. He has written works on Edmund Burke, Machiavelli, and American Constitutional government. He has also translated three books of Machiavelli and (with Delba Winthrop) Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America. He has held Guggenheim and NEH Fellowships, has won numerous awards for his teaching, and in 2004 accepted a National Humanities Medal from the President.

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Richard Epstein - The Moral and Economic Foundations of Capitalism: Is There a Difference?

epsteinWorld-renowned University of Chicago law professor, Richard A. Epstein, delivered the Spring 2008 lecture in the John W. Pope Lecture Series.

      Is capitalism good because it’s the moral and just social system or because it’s the most economically productive and efficient system? Is there any connection between the moral foundations of capitalism and its economic basis? In this lecture, Professor Richard Epstein questions whether separating the moral and economic aspects of capitalism is either useful or justified. Moral evaluation of the market system is rooted in the idea that individuals ought to keep their promises. But is that all? Do these ethical obligations to follow through on voluntary transactions end the discussion of morality in a capitalist system? Prof. Epstein will explain how these moral and ethical ideals ought to be understood in relation to the economic aspects of a capitalist system. By investigating examples from antitrust law, telecommunications, and intellectual property, Epstein will illustrate the intimate connection between the moral and economic foundations of a capitalist system.

     Richard A. Epstein is the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago Law School and is the Director of the Law and Economics Program. Epstein is the author of over a dozen books and hundreds of articles on a diverse array of topics including antitrust law, property rights, intellectual property, medical ethics, eminent domain, tort law, contracts, legal theory, constitutional history, and many more.


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Gordon S. Wood - Why America Wants to Promote Democracy Around the World

wood1993 Pulitzer Prize for History winner Gordon S. Wood, delivered the inaugural lecturer in the John William Pope Lecture Series.

America was born as a republic in the world filled with monarchies. It immediately felt a need to promote the spread of republicanism (or what we today call democracy) throughout the world not only out of self-interest but out of the belief of most of its citizens that a republican form of government based on the rule by the people was the only just polity. This led to America's emotional and diplomatic support for revolutionary movements throughout the Western world during the nineteenth century, a support that was brought to an abrupt end by the Soviet takeover of the Russian revolution in 1917. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 presumably changed everything, but in the past two decades America has had difficulty finding its proper role in the world. Gordon Wood is currently the Alva O. Way University Professor at Brown University.

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Stephen Moore - What Went Wrong With the Republican Revolution?

Stephen Moore

Stephen Moore is a member of the Editorial Board of the Wall Street Journal

What is the state of the American political Right in 2007? What happened to the idea of limited-government conservatism? Have conservatives been corrupted by power, or is there something in their basic philosophy that has led them to embrace big government? Is there any meaningful difference today between liberals and conservatives?

When: Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Time: 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Where: 364 Sirrine Hall

 


Fred Smith - The Irresponsibility of Corporate Social Responsibility

Fred Smith, President, The Competitive Enterprise Institute

Stephen Moore

Mr. Smith will argue that the movement for corporate social responsibility is an irresponsible and an immoral response to the political vulnerability of the modern corporation to various ideological and political attacks. Smith will argue that corporate social responsibility, by creating a multiplicity of confusing objectives, threatens to divert the firm from its basic role of wealth creation. To weaken that role by assigning to the corporation the burden of resolving environmental, racial and religious, gender problems - is to make the world a less moral place.

When: Thursday, December 7th,

Time: 11:45 to 1:00 p.m.

Where: 364 Sirrine Hall

 


Yaron Brook - Why Conservatives are Anti-Business

Yaron Brook
Yaron Brook, Ph.D., is the Executive Director\of The Ayn Rand Institute

Conservatives often present themselves as “pro-business” and “pro-free market”—i.e., in favor of an economic system that enables productive businessmen to flourish. Yet, in reality, Dr. Yaron Brook observes, conservatives support many anti-business policies, from antitrust prosecution to "windfall" taxes on profits—policies that hurt this nation's most innovative and successful businessmen.

Date: Wednesday, February 8
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Sirrine 364

 


Public Forum - Private Property versus Public Good

Are private property rights absolute or should government have the authority to take private property in the name of the public good? 

Was the Supreme Court's recent ruling in the Kelo case properly decided? The case arose from a city's use of eminent domain to condemn privately owned property so that it could be used as part of a comprehensive redevelopment plan to stimulate economic development in the city.

The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism, the Robert J. Rutland Center for Ethics, and the Spiro Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership are pleased to announce that they will be co-sponsoring a public forum on the issue of property rights and eminent domain.  Faculty and students are invited to attend. 

Participants:

John Echeverria, Executive Director, Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Institute, Georgetown University Law Center.
Bert Gall, staff attorney, The Institute for Justice, Washington, D.C.

Date:  Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location:  Auditorium, Strom Thurmond Institute

For more information: www.clemson.edu/caah/rutland



APEE Conference Audio

At the 2007 Annual Conference of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, members of The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism and the Ayn Rand Institute sat on a panel to discuss "Fifty Years of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged." Participants included chair C. Bradley Thompson and panelists Eric Daniels, Onkar Ghate, and Yaron Brook.

Listen to the recording here.

(The audio recording of this panel is Copyright 2007 The Ayn Rand Institute and is used here by permission.)