The mission of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism is to examine and to increase public awareness of the moral foundations of capitalism.
Through teaching, scholarship and community outreach programs, the Clemson Institute provides a public forum for investigating the underlying principles and institutions of capitalism (e.g., individual rights, private property, contracts, voluntary associations, entrepreneurship, the rule of law, limited government, and free trade).
The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism believes that the health and preservation of free socieites requires that scholars, students and citizens understand the underlying principles and institutions that distinguish free from unfree societies. To help foster that understanding the Clemson Institute engages with diverse viewpoints in order to provide an intellectual forum that encourages and values honest and rigorous conversation and debate.
The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism is also founded on the belief that critical thinking and serious conversation about morality, politics and economics must be validated by a rigorous adherence to reality and human nature. We therefore support scholarship that examines how certain moral, political and ecnoomic ideas actually work in practice, and whether those ideas do or do not produce freedom, oportunity and prosperity for the citizens of the societies that affirm them.