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The Bastiat Society is headquartered in Charleston, SC. This listing is specifically for the Delaware chapter in Wilmington DE 19803.
The Bastiat Society understands that the world is getting better because peaceful and profitable business creates wealth for everyone. We promote this fact by engaging the business community in a positive, non-political, and academic society - a society of principled wealth creators. Our mission is to give those who create wealth and jobs the tools they need to defend them.
The Society's argument can be simply stated:
- Trade is a fundamental and virtuous human activity
- Peaceful and profitable trade creates wealth
- Wealth makes the world better
- Those who create wealth through trade are not villains, but are moral agents driving humanity forward
The great strength of capitalism is that it is an economic system wherein everyone has the opportunity to be successful without ever thinking about the intellectual and cultural context that makes success possible. We do not have to know everything. We just have to know something useful to other people - and have the sense enough to use it for our mutual benefit.
Unfortunately, an economy built on limited individual knowledge is also capitalism's greatest weakness. It leaves those within the system vulnerable to those who claim that their perfect knowledge or theory is more important than individual knowledge or the individual will.
If individuals who benefit most from capitalism - the wealth creators - do not understand the intellectual and cultural institution that make business possible, what chance do they have to withstand a steady series of attacks from the intellectuals, populists, collectivists, and religious extremists who desire to bring capitalism and the life of the individual to an end.
That is why we formed the Bastiat Society: to educate other wealth creators on their right to the moral high ground, and to help them understand the intellectual and cultural institutions that are necessary for individual success. Our motto is, "Those who work in freedom should know how freedom works."
We call on successful business people everywhere to join us in an organization unlike any other in the world - a society of principled wealth creators, the benefactors of the human race, committed to reclaiming the moral high ground and the life of the individual.