Greed is seen as a covetous carnal desire, but could greed be a good thing? Here to defend the one of the dreaded deadly sins will be Dr. C. Bradley Thompson, as part of Southern Utah University Convocation series on Friday, April 11 at noon.
An expert on capitalism, Thompson is currently BB&T research professor at Clemson University and the executive director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism.
With a goal to redefine capitalism and greed to the SUU populace, the lecture, titled Greed is Good: Capitalism and Morality, has an ending purpose “to demonstrate to SUU students that mostly everything they’ve been told about self-interest is wrong,” as stated by Thompson.
He went on to say, “That ‘self-interest rightly understood’ is a necessary precondition not only for the development of a free, capitalist economy but, more importantly, for the development of moral character.”
On top of Thompson academic titles, author can also be added to the list. He has published multiple books including “Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea and John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty.” He has also had a part in editing several books.
Along with penning novels, Thompson is an occasional writer for The Times Literary Supplement of London and The Objective Standard. He has lectured around the country on education reform and has had several op-ed essays appear in U.S. newspapers and abroad. He has also been a guest on the John Stossell and Glenn Beck shows.
As the final Convocation lecture of the spring season, Thompson ultimately decided to visit Thunderbird Nation because of Michelle Orihel, assistant professor of history, who met Thompson because of their share passion for history, in particular Founding Father John Adams.
Raymond Grant, academic program officer and Convocation series organizer, said of the upcoming lecture, “Whenever you talk about the topic capitalism, it seems reserved for business students. But Thompson will be relating the topic to a variety of disciplines, talking about the role of morality and about people needing to be selfish or selfless.”
The Convocation presentation will be in the Sharwan Smith Theatre located within the Sharwan Smith Student Center. As always, this event is free and open to the public.