Thursday March 30, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM CDT
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Wichita Country Club
8501 E. 13th N.
Wichita, KS 67206

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Raul Brito - Chapter Director 
The Bastiat Society - Wichita Chapter 

 Join us Thursday, March 30th at Wichita Country Club for 

 “Neither Business Nor Policy Groups Alone Have Slowed Leviathan – Might an Alliance?”

presented by Fred L. Smith Jr., founder of 

Competitive Enterprise Institute.


Both business and policy analysts have faced problems that have limited their ability to claw back liberties lost over our last progressive century.   Businesses are justly fearful of retailiation (political and cultural) if they challenge PC policies; they often lack the skills to battle in the policy battlefields, and – most importantly – have been demoralized by the constant cultural barrage of anti-business narratives pouring out of the universities, media and pop culture.  Free marketers have focused almost exclusively on converting their fellow statist intellectuals and lack the means to communicate their work to the citizenry (the media, academy and pop culture filter them out);  lack any army to carry their ideas into battle; and have too little practical knowledge of the actual creative challenges faced and overcome by business to craft effective arguments for business.

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All meetings are open to the public, registration is required to reserve your seat. 

$25.00 per person to attend, payable at the door. Cash or check.

6:00pmReception (cash bar)

6:30pm - Hor d'oeuvres

7:15pm - Speaker Presentation followed by Q&A

About the speaker: Fred L. Smith, Jr. is the founder of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He served as president from 1984 to 2013 and is currently the Director of CEI’s Center for Advancing Capitalism. His public policy research has covered a wide range of topics, including regulatory reform, free market environmentalism, antitrust law, and international finance and comparative economics. Smith’s current focus is bringing leaders in the business and academic worlds together to defend capitalism and craft narratives that highlight the moral legitimacy of free markets.

His many published works include chapters in the books Field Guide to Effective Communication (2004), Corporate Aftershock: The Public Policy Lessons from the Collapse of Enron and Other Major Corporations (2003), Ecology, Liberty, & Property: A Free Market Environmental Reader (2000), The Future of Financial Privacy: Private Choices versus Political Rules (1999), Environmental Politics: Public Costs, Private Rewards (1992), and Steering The Elephant: How Washington Works (1987). His academic articles have appeared in journals such as Harvard Journal of Law and Economics and Knowledge, Technology, and Policy.

Smith has also written widely for leading newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, National Journal, Economic Affairs, and Forbes. He has also made hundreds of television and radio appearances on networks such as ABC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, National Public Radio, and Radio America, among others.

Before founding CEI, Smith served as Director of Government Relations for the Council for a Competitive Economy, as a senior economist for the Association of American Railroads, and for five years as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the American Conservative Union, and the American Council on Science and Health and a member of the Foundation for Economic Education’s Faculty Network.

Smith graduated with top honors and holds a B.S. in Theoretical Mathematics and Political Science from Tulane University. He has also done graduate work in mathematics and applied mathematical economics at Harvard, SUNY at Buffalo, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Join us in our mission to help business people understand and defend their right to the moral high ground in defense of capitalism and the individual. 

Your membership supports our continued efforts to bring informed speakers to Wichita. 

...because those who work in freedom should know how freedom works.