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Center for Free Enterprise


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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Senator Phil Gramm

Senator Gramm will examine U.S. options for settling current trade disputes
and whether the approach should engage free trade or protectionism.


SENATOR PHIL GRAMM   Vice Chairman of Loan Star Global Acquisitions and a Visiting Scholar with the American Enterprise Institute. Vice Chairman of UBS Investment Bank (2002-2012); U.S. Senator (1985-2002); U.S. Representative Texas (1979-1985); Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University (1967-1978).

The Center for Free Enterprise invites you to hear Dr. Gramm

 Contact Karen 863.680.5069 at the Center for more information.
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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 & Speaking Engagements By Center Members

  • Joseph S. Connors, Ph.D., Contributor: Counting the Cost: Christian Perspectives on Capitalism. Abilene Christian University Press; Abilene, Texas, 2017
  • Patrick T. Newman, Ph.D., Editor: The Progressive Era. Mises Institute; Auburn, Alabama, 2017
  • Antony W. Dnes, Ph.D., Brownlow, Graham, Co-Authors:  The Formation of Terrorist Groups: An Analysis of Irish Republican Organizations. Journal of Institutional Economics: Volume 13, Issue 3
  • Patrick T. Newman, Ph.D., Author: The Origins of the National Banking System: The Chase-Cooke Connection and the New York City Banks. The Independent Review: Volume 33, Issue 3, Winter 2018
  • Joseph S. Connors, Ph.D., Speaker: 2018 Creative Teaching Ideas for Your Basic Economics Course. Florida State University, February 2, 2018
  • Patrick T. Newman, Ph.D., Author: Revenge: John Sherman, Russell Alger, and the Origins of the Sherman Act. Public Choice: Volume 174, Issue 3-4, March 2018
  • Antony W. Dnes, Ph.D., Author:  Principles of Law and Economics. Edward Elgar Publishing; Northampton, Massachusetts, August 2018

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Center for Free Enterprise

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.
Director of the Center for Free Enterprise; Professor of Economics; Lynn & Mark Hollis Chair in 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. International and 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.

We are grateful for generous financial support from:

2018-2019 Politics, Law & Economics Lecture Series

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

More Information about this year's speakers to come. 
August 28, 2018   DR. VICTOR V. CLAAR
BB&T Distinguished Professorship in Free Enterprise - Florida Gulf Coast University
FAIR TRADE fair is your cup of joe?    Fair trade is an enormously popular idea - after all who would be against fairness - but is fair trade a poverty solution? DR. CLAAR raises economic and moral questions about the logic and reasoning underlying the fair trade movement. He discusses that, for all its good intentions, fair trade may not be of particular service to the poor - especially in the developing world.
October 23, 2018   ROSA MARIA PAYA
CUBA & HUMAN RIGHTS  Ms. Payá is the President of Cuba Decide and the Director of The Christian Liberation Movement. She was PEOPLE EN ESPANOL - 25 most powerful Latin women of 2014.
December 4, 2018   HOWARD HUSOCK
VP for Research & Publications-Manhattan Institute; Director of Social Entrepreneurship Initiative-Manhattan Institute; Contributing Editor-City Journal
PUBLIC HOUSING & CYCLES OF POVERTY...time for a new approach   For decades BIG CITY public housing system was held up as an example of public housing done right. Amid scandals and mass neglect - the concept of public housing confines the poor to staying poor. Mr. Husock makes the case that we need the government out of the business of housing. Mr. Husock is a former broadcast journalist & multiple Emmy award winning documentary filmmaker for WGBH Boston. A graduate of Boston University and former fellow at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs. He is the author of Philanthropy Under Fire and America's Trillion-Dollar Housing Mistake: The Failure of American Housing Policy along with may published articles and editorials.  
See list of past speakers

Center for Free Enterprise Sponsored Groups and Activities

The Center for Free Enterprise sponsors an active on-campus community to discuss and share ideas that support economic freedom.

Adam Smith Club

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The Adam Smith Club is a community of students who discuss and share ideas that support economic freedom and free enterprise. Students engage with one another through a book club and related activities. Books discussed include 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 - Suite 104

August 30                 October 25 
September 13           November 8
September 27           November 29
October 11                December 4

C.F.E. Research Group

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The goal of the C.F.E. Research Group is to provide a forum where: 1. Center Fellows and invited guests can present their research projects and receive constructive feedback from fellow colleagues for academic publication; and 2. Students interested in graduate school/academia can get a taste of academic research.

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Free Enterprise Week

Free Enterprise Week encourages us to reflect on the many benefits enjoyed through free enterprise, markets, and liberty-supporting social systems. Each fall semester the Center for Free Enterprise hosts FREE ENTERPRISE WEEK, with a different theme each year. FREE ENTERPRISE WEEK 2018 will begin September 18 with SENATOR PHIL GRAMM speaking on Settling America's Trade Disputes. Join us on Tuesday 12:00 Noon for this great talk.

See Events from 2017

Contemporary Issues Conference

Each spring semester the Center for Free Enterprise hosts a CONTEMPORARY ISSUES CONFERENCE. Internationally known journalists, editors and academics are on campus to speak at our day seminar on a very current and timely topic. Last spring we were excited to have F.H. Buckley, Peter Schweizer and Abigail Blanco talking about IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS, GOOD FOR YOU?  For more information on our spring conference, contact Karen at the Center or 863.680.5069.



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 Workshop

The Teaching High School Economics workshop, sponsored by the Center for Free Enterprise, brings together High school teachers from 6 surrounding counties to show how economics can be better taught in the classroom. Sessions cover subjects such as “Gains from Trade & Exchange“;  “Property Rights & Markets“ and “Supply & Demand“. One 3 hour workshop each semester assists high school teachers as they educate their students to more fully understand the benefits of a free market economy.

Next workshop: Fall Semester 2018. Previous workshop was held on April 27, 2018. Session presenters were Dr. Bias and Dr. Connors: Using the Financial Crisis to Teach Personal Finance; How the Fed Uses Tools to Promote Price Stability; Teaching Financial Literacy with Penn State University Study Modules. Please contact Karen at the Center if you would like information on past and future workshops.

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