Free Markets Open Minds
A nationwide, chapter-based association of MBA students and business leaders promoting on-campus debate and discussion about the moral, social, and economic benefits of capitalism.Learn More
Encouraging Excellence Honors for Our Best Student Chapters
Every year at the Smith Soc National Meeting, we acknowledge that year's most successful student chapters with awards in several categories.Learn More
Leaders of Tomorrow Leading Our Community Today
In local, self-governing chapters as well as at our nationally-organized retreats, Smith Soc’s members learn leadership practices directly from proven, established figures in the business world as well as from each other.Learn More
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History & Philosophy
Understanding both the ideas and the stories behind free markets.
From Adam Smith and Alexander Hamilton, to F.A. Hayek and Milton Friedman, to the leading scholars of today…Smith Soc members are focused on both classical and modern ideas about economics and liberty.
CATCH UP ON A CLASSIC from Individualism and Economic Order “The Use of Knowledge in Society” was F.A. Hayek’s response to economist Oskar K. Lange’s endorsement of a planned economy. Hayek argued against the establishment of a Central Pricing Board. He asserted that a centrally-planned economy could never match the efficiency of a market economy since a single agent or authority will never have the breadth of information available to all members of society when aggregated.
READ LIKE A BOSS A Biography The definitive biography of one of the grandfathers of American capitalism, Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton is not only one of the most successful biographies of the American Founders to date, it was also the primary source for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new hit Broadway musical, Hamilton. As one reviewer said, “Chernow’s biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of America’s birth seen through its most central figure. At a critical time to look back to our roots, Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans.”
READ LIKE A BOSS Moral Lessons on Capitalism from Its Greatest Champions and Fiercest Opponents This book provides some answers through seminal readings on the nature, purpose, and effects of capitalism as understood by its most influential expositors, both historical and contemporary. In addition to Adam Smith himself, the selections gathered here include essays and excerpts by thinkers ranging from Locke and Rousseau to Hayek and Cass Sunstein. All are chosen and arranged to highlight the ways that capitalism bears on a set of fundamental human concerns: liberty, equality, social order, virtue and motivation.
Exploring how governments, regulators, and businesses shape markets and industries.
Taxes, monetary policy, income inequality, fiscal policy, elections, healthcare, energy…Smith Soc taps into multiple networks to bring experts and thought leaders, executives and politicians, together with our members to enlighten and connect.
POLICY IN DEPTH Friday Keynote - Smith Soc National Meeting 2016 Bobby Tudor is an energy industry expert and thought leader. A former Goldman Sachs partner; he founded Tudor Capital and is now the Chairman and CEO of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., LLC. The firm provides energy investment banking and merchant banking. In this talk from the Smith Soc National Meeting in February 2016, Tudor discusses the current state of the energy industry and its prospects for the future.
READ LIKE A BOSS What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You about Economics In this popular guide to economics, Forbes editor (and Smith Soc speaker) John Tamny uses entertaining stories from sports, movies, popular culture, and famous businesses to demonstrate the basic principles of economics.
POLICY IN DEPTH A bold proposal to free local government from the shackles of federal mandates Our Manhattan Institute colleague Oren Cass (and speaker at the 2016 National Meeting) has a new article in City Journal examining the budget relationships between federal, state, and local government; he argues for great state and local authority over spending power.
Learning to lead organizations of all sectors and sizes while keeping the free market in the forefront.
In local, self-governing chapters as well as at our nationally-organized retreats, Smith Soc’s members learn leadership practices directly from proven, established figures in the business world as well as from each other.
THOUGHT LEADER Author & former CEO , BB&T John Allison was CEO of BB&T Corporation (Branch Banking & Trust) from 1989 through 2008 and is currently a member of the Cato Institute's Board of Directors. A strong advocate for the free market, he is the author of a couple of books, most recently "The Leadership Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why the Future of Business Depends on the Return to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness". He has spoken on campus at several Smith Soc chapters.
READ LIKE A BOSS Notes on Start-Ups, Or How to Build the Future Based on the notes taken by student Blake Masters during Peter Thiel's 2012 computer science class at Stanford University, Zero to One outlines Thiel's unique and powerful vision for the future of business and innovation. Thiel argues that progress can made in any area of business, as long as leaders cultivate the vital skill of learning to think for oneself. Blake Masters has been a Smith Soc speaker and visited many chapters.
THOUGHT LEADER Whole Foods Markets, CEO John Mackey is the co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Markets. He is author and thought leader behind the book and concept "Conscious Capitalism", arguing that business strategy can and should promote benefits for individuals, society, and the environment while pursuing profit. He was Smith Soc's National Meeting keynote in 2013, and has spoken on campus to many of our student chapters.
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