• Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.
    Frederic Bastiat
  • "Every individual intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his original intention. By pursuing his own interest he frequently promotes that of society more effectively than when he really intends to promote it."
    Adam Smith (1776)
  • Capitalism, the system of private property and free markets, is not only a system of freedom and of natural justice - which tends in spite of exceptions to distribute rewards in accordance with production - but it is a great co-operative and creative system that has produced for our generation an affluence that our ancestors did not dare dream of.
    Henry Hazlitt
  • The history of taxation shows that taxes which are inherently excessive are not paid. The high rates inevitably put pressure upon the taxpayer to withdraw his capital from productive business and invest it in tax-exempt securities or to find other lawful methods of avoiding the realization of taxable income. The result is that the sources of taxation are drying up; wealth is failing to carry its share of the tax burden; and capital is being diverted into channels which yield neither revenue to the Government nor profit to the people.
    Andrew Mellon
  • The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward.
    John Maynard Keynes
  • In the early stages of the Keynesian revolution, macroeconomists emphasized fiscal policy as the most powerful and balanced remedy for demand management. Gradually, shortcomings of fiscal policy became apparent. The shortcomings stem from timing, politics, macroeconomic theory, and the deficit itself.
    Paul A. Samuelson and William D. Nordhaus
  • From the standpoint of society as a whole, the “cost” of anything is the value that it has in alternative uses.
    Thomas Sowell
  • I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple. Were we directed from Washington when to sow, when to reap, we should soon want bread.
    Thomas Jefferson
  • "What's the single most important thing to learn from an economics course today? What I tried to leave my students with is the view that the invisible hand is more powerful than the hidden hand. Things will happen in well-organized efforts without direction, controls, plans. That's the consensus among economists. That's the Hayek legacy."
    Lawrence Summers (U.S. Treasury)
  • It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today and revenues are too low, and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now.
    John F. Kennedy

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250 S. Woodward Ave
Tallahassee, FL 32306

Contact
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Welcome to the home page of the Gus A. Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education at Florida State University.

The Center is a member of the Council for Economic Education, and as a Council member, assumes responsibility for furthering economic education both in schools and among community groups in its service area.

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Study of Political Economy and Free Enterprise (SPEFE)

The SPEFE program focuses on research that enhances the understanding of the institutions and policies supportive of free enterprise.

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