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Entrepreneurs: greedy or altruistic, virtuous or vicious?

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eveningpolestar

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A merchant banker. A failing dairy farmer. A refugee from Communist China. One risked his savings. One risked his farm. One risked his life.

Why do their stories matter? Because how we view entrepreneurs… as greedy or altruistic… as virtuous or vicious… shapes the destinies of men and nations.

The Plot: The main subjects of the documentary are Brad Morgan, Frank Hanna, and Jimmy Lai. Morgan, a dairy farmer from Evart, Michigan discusses his journey from a struggling dairy farmer to the owner and operator of a million-dollar dairy and compost company. Hanna, a merchant banker in New York City who originally hails from Georgia, explains how financial engineering not only makes credit more widely available to entrepreneurs today but also played a crucial role in the discovery of America. Lai talks about his childhood in Communist China and his move at twelve years old to Hong Kong. There, he founded Giordano, a retail outlet, and later Next Media. Lai explains that entrepreneurs, when taking risks, are "dashing into hope."

The documentary also contains information from experts in the field of economics, including Rev. Robert Sirico, founder and President of the Acton Institute, Dr. Samuel Gregg, Dr. Jay Richards, George Gilder, and Michael Novak.

Robert Sirico - Reverend Robert Sirico, author of The Entrepreneurial Vocation, joins Michael Novak, George Gilder and other experts in exploring how entrepreneurs shape our world.

So what do you think? Are entrepreneurs greedy or altruistic virtuous or vicious? Should a nation promote entrepreneurship ...how? If not why not? Have your say![list=1][*]



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I had a li'l chat with entrepreneur. bottom line : entrepreneur go after money. they just implement new things, bring fusions to make money. but no time to think about ecology, enviroment or social factor. they hardly have any money to invest on these things.

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george wrote:I had a li'l chat with entrepreneur. bottom line : entrepreneur go after money. they just implement new things, bring fusions to make money. but no time to think about ecology, enviroment or social factor. they hardly have any money to invest on these things.

I think its not a good idea to generalize entrepreneurs by chatting with only one or two enterprenuer.

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The moral of enterprenuers and bigness men is to earn money. So, if people think earning money is a greed then I would say enterprenuers are greedy. I also believe that greed is the basic nature of people. And all the develop country have developed due to the greediness, because bigness men are the main source of countrie's economy in all the developed country. So, our country requires good amount of enterprenuers so that our country will be developed.

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In a country like Nepal, Laos, Combodia, Bhutan etc. you hardly find entrepreneurs, but there are plenty of traders.

and there are diffrence on business ethic among them, i believe.

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george wrote:In a country like Nepal, Laos, Combodia, Bhutan etc. you hardly find entrepreneurs, but there are plenty of traders.

and there are diffrence on business ethic among them, i believe.

I think traders will not do good if there is monopoly, closed economy, lack of competition and lack of rule of law. So, I think if there is free competition and rule of law in the country, then trader will always do good for the country and free competition and rule of law is the basic requirement of democracy. Your above argument may viable only in socialist, communist and autocratic country and in the country with the state of anarchy like in Nepal.

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Hey evening....man don't use that word vicious .. haha.... I dream of being an entrepreneur myself... hahaha

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