• Can Americans Revive Democratic Capitalism?

    CCU’s Centennial Institute Teams with The American Enterprise Institute on March 19 to Address the Crisis

    The American Enterprise Institute logoDenver, Colorado – The economic events of 2009 raised several significant questions: Is capitalism flawed? Does a free-enterprise system engender the vices of selfishness and greed? Government decision-makers now stand ready to replace private citizens and free markets as drivers of the economy, yet it’s in the hands of America’s voting public to decide which system can best promote and ensure their own values and ideals.

    So, is democratic capitalism worth reviving, and can Americans do so? On March 19, the public is invited to join the discussion at a breakfast event co-hosted by The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and the Centennial Institute, Colorado Christian University’s public-policy think tank established in 2009. The morning will feature:

    • Arthur C. Brooks, AEI President – author, former professor
    • Bill Armstrong, CCU President –businessman, former U.S. congressman and senator
    • John Andrews, Centennial Institute Director – host of Backbone Radio, former Colorado Senate president and speechwriter for President Nixon
    • Kevin Hassett, AEI Senior Fellow – director of economic-policy studies at AEI, former professor, senior federal economist, and U.S. Treasury consultant
    • Chuck King, Dean and Professor, CCU School of Business and Leadership – former attorney, senior executive with Samsonite Corp., and FBI agent

    A limited number of tickets are still available. Contact the Centennial Institute at 303.963.3424 or centennial@ccu.edu for ticket information.

    Brooks will open the event with an overview of the culture war developing in America over free enterprise. Then Armstrong will join him in leading a roundtable discussion on the moral and intellectual foundations of market capitalism and free entrepreneurship. Closing the morning, Andrews, Hassett, and King will discuss the values of capitalism, its uses toward good, and how its requirement of liberty and virtue among producers and consumers ultimately provides the means for genuine happiness.

    “The moral and material superiority of a free economy to a command economy is overwhelming,” said Andrews. “Centennial Institute is glad to partner with AEI in making that case at a crucial time of decision for our country.”

    Located in Washington, D.C., AEI (www.aei.org) is one of America’s oldest and most influential think tanks committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening free enterprise. Centennial Institute (www.centennialccu.org) sponsors research, events, and publications to enhance public understanding, to foster faith, family and freedom, to teach citizenship, and to renew the spirit of 1776.

    When: Friday, March 19, 2010; 7:30-10:00 a.m.
    Where: Main Ballroom, Brown Palace Hotel, 321 17th Street, Denver, 80202