Make the Moral Case for Free Enterprise and Win $40,000
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Make the Moral Case for Free Enterprise and Win $40,000

If you have a videocamera and can make the moral case for free enterprise, then our friends at the American Enterprise Institute have the contest for you:

The American Enterprise Institute is serious about reinvigorating America’s spirit of free enterprise. Big ambitions require big promotions, which is why AEI is proud to announce a $50,000 video contest, “Make the Moral Case for Free Enterprise,” to unleash the market’s creative potential. We’re calling on everyone who loves America’s system of free enterprise to submit a short video (under two minutes) that sets forth its worth — not on the basis of political ideology or economic efficiency but on the basis of simple moral truths, namely:

  • Free enterprise promotes earned success, which is the substance of lasting happiness.
  • Free enterprise promotes real fairness, based on merit and hard work.
  • Free enterprise does the most good for the most vulnerable by supplying both ample charity and unmatched opportunity.
  • These three points are adapted from “The Road to Freedom,” the new book from AEI president Arthur Brooks, and part of AEI’s multi-year project with the same name. We hope that you will consider submitting a video and help spread the word about the contest to friends and colleagues.

    AEI will be awarding a first-place prize of $40,000, a second-place prize of $7,500, and a third-place prize of $2,500. Entries will be judged and evaluated on persuasiveness and clarity of argument, creativity and originality of video concept, and quality of technical and artistic production. The contest begins at noon ET on June 18, 2012, and final submissions must be entered no later than 11:59 a.m. ET on September 4, 2012. For additional details about the contest and its rules, please visit

    For questions, email [email protected].

    Joe Carter

    Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).