Written By: Josh Kimbrell.
In 1776 Adam Smith penned what has become the “second Bible” of economists around the world: The Wealth of Nations. In this revolutionary classic, Smith placed the emphasis on freedom to the flourishing of free-markets. His argument was cutting-edge in a day where monarchs still made unilateral decisions, and America was just being born as a Nation. Still, the central theme of Smith’s theory was that an “Invisible Hand” governed free-markets, when governments stepped out of the way. That Hand, in Smith’s mind, was the Hand of God.
Adam Smith believed, as I believe, that God is the Author of all things, including sound economic principles. The belief that certain things work because nature and nature’s God say they do is known as Natural Law. Free Markets are predicated on a moral disposition among the folks, which is made possible by limited government. It’s as we stated at our “A Greater Freedom” conference in Spartanburg last week: “As government grows, God shrinks; as God shrinks, government grows.” Of course, in all reality God never changes in scope or scale, but only in the minds of men. A Nation which takes its focus off of God, and places it on government, is a Nation doomed to failure.
I’d argue that we’re coming perilously close to a feudal economic system, whereby the national and state governments effectively own the businesses where the folks are employed. Whether it’s through massive “stimulus” packages at the Federal level, or targeted “incentives” packages at the state level, we’ve effectively got at government-planned economy. If this trend continues, Americans will no longer be stake-holding citizens, but mere serfs manning the manor of government enterprise. That’s why the CEO Round Table of South Carolina is committed to putting-forth common-sense economic solutions, which put the focus back on freedom & free-markets, not government options. Free-markets can never flourish when folks look to government for their salvation, when they should bow only before God.
The CEO Round Table believes that a spiritual awakening in our State and Nation must occur, if we’re to reduce government, expand freedom and offer prosperity to our posterity. As such, we look forward to following-up our “A Greater Freedom” Conference last week with a sustained, state-wide outreach effort which will culminate with our “Awaken SC” rally next spring. Stay tuned…
President & Chairman
CEO Round Table of South Carolina
Josh Kimbrell is President & Chairman of CEO Round Table of South Carolina. CEO stands for “Christians Empowered & Organized.” Part of the mission of CEO Round Table is “to promote a way of life that embraces faith, family, and freedom.”