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Center for Free Enterprise

The Center for Free Enterprise connects business education to human welfare and engages students in rigorous education about the principles and institutions needed for free individuals to flourish with dignity in a civil society.

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The Center is a regional and national leader in free enterprise student engagement. Free enterprise exists where the rule of law, limited governance, and free markets intersect. It is based on the philosophy of individualism and freedom where individuals can utilize their inherent creativity for the benefit of themselves and others.

The Center:

  1. Educates students about the necessary conditions for free enterprise.
  2. Examines moral questions in relation to individual action in free enterprise systems and in planned economies.
  3. Communicates vital relationships between free enterprise, rule of law, personal freedom and pluralistic politics.
  4. Engages in impartial scholarship investigating the role institutions play in supporting a free civil society.
  5. The Center promotes the principles of free enterprise, individual liberty, the rule of law, and economic freedom on campus and to the public at large.

Latest Publications By Members Of The Center

  • Joseph S. Connors, Ph.D., Contributor: Counting the Cost: Christian Perspectives on Capitalism
  • Patrick T. Newman, Ph.D., Editor: The Progressive Era

We are grateful for generous financial support from:

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The Center for Free Enterprise examines the important role free enterprise plays within the global economy.


Monday – Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


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Antony W. Dnes, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics at The Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise; Director of the Center for Free Enterprise

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Karen Persun
Program Coordinator

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History is absolutely crystal clear that there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.—Milton Friedman, 1979

The Politics, Law, and Economics Lecture Series

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The PLE Lecture Series is designed to highlight the ways in which politics, law and economics work together to sustain free enterprise. Nationally-renowned scholars, journalists and policy-analysts visit Florida Southern and share their insight and experience with students. Open to the public, this series is a great opportunity to meet experts in various fields.

2017-2018 Politics, Law & Economics Lecture Series

All lectures will be held at 6:00 PM in the Becker Business Building Room 112.

October 10, 2017

DR. SUZANNE K. SCHOLTE: The Battle for Human Rights in North Korea: Is There Hope for Peaceful Change?

Dr. Scholte will discuss what sets North Korea apart from any other human rights tragedy in the world; what amazing changes have occurred that the people of North Korea have accomplished, and how the free world should respond. She is considered one of the world’s leading activists in the North Korean human rights movement and currently President of the Defense Forum Foundation.

November 4, 2017

DR. ANDREW RETTENMAIER: Is Social Security Wealth?

Dr. Rettenmaier is the co-principal investigator on several research grants and is the author of numerous academic articles and numerous monographs. He has published in Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Southern Economic Journal, and Economic Inquiry, among other economic journals.

DECember 5, 2017

DR. JAMES OTTESON: Adam Smith on Justice and Social Justice

Dr. Otteson’s scholarship focuses on political economy, political philosophy, history and philosophy of economics, and eighteenth-century moral and political thought. He is an expert on Adam Smith, on eighteenth-century political and moral philosophy, on the moral foundations of capitalism, and on the comparative evaluation of competing systems of political economy.

See list of past speakers

Adam Smith Club

The Adam Smith Club is a community of students who discuss and share ideas that support economic freedom. Students engage with one another and faculty through a book club, movie nights and related activities.

Book Club

Students meet with the Center’s faculty to discuss readings related to free enterprise. Books have included Matt Ridley’s “The Origins of Virtue: Human Interaction and the Evolution of Cooperation”, Jason L. Riley’s “Please Stop Helping Us”, and Frank Furedi’s “What’s Happened to the University?”

Meetings are held at 4:30 PM
Becker - 3rd Floor
September 21
October 12
October 26
November 9
November 30

Movie Night

The Adam Smith Club hosts a regular movie night, followed by an informal discussion about how the film’s underlying themes relate to human nature and free enterprise.

Movies are showing at 5:30 PM
Becker 112
September 1 – Zootopia
September 29 – Arrival
October 27 – Moneyball
December 1 – Wreck-it Ralph



Integral to the Center’s educational outreach are two majors dedicated to the study of free enterprise: the Bachelor of Science in Political Economy and the Bachelor of Science in Business and Free Enterprise. Political Economy examines the ways in which politics, law and economics work together to support a full-functioning free enterprise system. The Business and Free Enterprise major emphasizes both economic analysis and political science, helping majors understand business transactions from a broader, social perspective.


Introduction to the Philosophy of Business

Many people have preconceived notions of what free enterprise means and what role business plays in our social order. This class challenges many preconceived notions of free enterprise by examining the relationship between individuals and the state and that between individuals and society. The course uses economic analysis to examine the role markets play in coordinating individual economic activity and creating widespread gains from trade. The course shows how business is inherently socially beneficial.

Advanced Philosophy of Business and Market Based Management

This course conducts an in depth examination of the institutional structure necessary for a flourishing social order. The course examines market behavior and applies economics to understanding the economy as an informational feedback mechanism allowing social cooperation and entrepreneurial activity. The course also discusses how societies provide quality assurance in the absence of government regulation. This requires the student to apply basic economic theory, particularly supply and demand and opportunity-cost analysis, and to apply the understanding of social science to business management.

Teaching High School Economics Seminar

The Teaching High School Economics workshop, sponsored by the Center for Free Enterprise teaches High school teachers from the 5 surrounding counties how economics can be taught in the classroom, for example “Gains from Trade & Exchange” and “Property Rights, Markets & Resource Exhaustion”. CFE looks forward to hosting a high school teacher workshop each year to assist teachers as they educate students to more fully understand the benefits of a free market economy.

The next Teaching High School Economics workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

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About the Center for Free Enterprise

The Center for Free Enterprise helps students understand and appreciate the important role free enterprise plays within the American economy. A free enterprise system promotes economic prosperity by creating a favorable environment where businesses compete with minimum regulatory interference, allowing them to develop vigorously providing wider gains from trade as they do so. Through extracurricular activities such as guest lectures, luncheons and off-campus seminars, students can explore the principles and institutions that sustain free enterprise.

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Antony W. Dnes, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Free Enterprise; Professor of Economics; Lynn and Mark Hollis Chair in Free Enterprise

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Joseph S. Connors, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics; Center for Free Enterprise Fellow; Adam Smith Club Faculty Advisor
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Peter V. Bias, Ph.D.​
Professor of Business and Economics; William F. Chatlos Professorship in Business and Economics; Center for Free Enterprise Senior Fellow

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Joshua D. Hall, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Economics; Center for Free Enterprise Fellow
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Patrick T. Newman, Ph.D.​
Assistant Professor of Economics; Center for Free Enterprise Fellow