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Political Capitalism: Warnings and Reality

Political Capitalism: Warnings and Reality

2 Mins
February 4, 2013

Atlas Summit 2012 -- With the failure of the Bush/Obama stimulus and scandals with “green jobs” (Solyndra, etc.), crony capitalism has been on the hot seat. Big Government Republicans and Democrats find themselves on the defensive from the Tea Party on one side and Occupy Wall Street on the other.

In this talk, Robert L. Bradley, Jr. discusses the thinkers who have warned against the rise of political capitalism. And he presents the contrasting model of free-market capitalism, including John Hood's "heroic enterprise" and Charles Koch's “principled entrepreneurship.” Tough questions are explored regarding how business should operate in the mixed economy where government favor can set up a clash between profit-maximization and free-market adherence.

Robert L. Bradley, Jr. (www.politicalcapitalism.org) is the CEO & Founder of the Institute for Energy Research. He is the author of seven books, most recently Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies, and blogs at www.masterresource.org.  Bradley's interest has grown from energy regulation to 'sustainable development' issues to political capitalism in theory and practice to the teaching of 'the science of liberty.'


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