America’s Additions: The Twelve Piranha States

by Ken West Contributing Columnist

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” —Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged”


Gambling on Economic Development

By Dana Cooley Contributing Writer

Twenty years of casinos have had a huge impact on Mississippi. Casinos were legalized in 1990 to mobilize a stagnant economy. The casinos have unquestionably grown the Mississippi economy. However, the state has a unique relationship with these same casinos. “The Hospitality State” has casinos that are as welcoming as a cold glass of sweet tea on a hot summer day. Mississippians excel at feeding and entertaining our guests. Casinos are an excellent way for Mississippi to capitalize on one of its core competencies. The state’s focus on hospitality has led to Biloxi, MS ranking fourth in the US for casino destinations.


Mississippi State Entrepreneurship Center: Growing Our Business Future

by Dana Cooley Contributing Writer

The MSU Entrepreneurship Center offers resources to support business start-ups—a much-needed asset in our present day economy.


The Hot Air President

by Ken West Contributing Columnist

President Obama gives good speeches. He talks a good game. He verbalizes thoughts of hope and change. He told us that he’d be a new kind of President, and change Washington. He has delivered on that promise–he is indeed a new kind of President. He’s the Hot Air President.

What’s Wrong with Southern Education?

Can the South’s History Save American Education? (Part I Of A Series)

When fingers point to the South, they tend to point in the same direction: backwards.


Intellectual Property Is “Evil”-And Businesspeople Should Oppose It

A Q&A with Houston Attorney Stephan Kinsella

193712_10150106745438181_7721245_o(Stephan Kinsella, a patent attorney in Houston, Texas, is Executive Editor of Libertarian Papers and Director of the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom (C4SIF). A registered patent attorney and former adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law, Kinsella has published numerous articles and books on IP law, international law, and the application of libertarian principles to legal topics and has lectured all over the world on these topics. He received an LL.M. in international business law from King’s College London, a JD from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU, and BSEE and MSEE degrees from LSU. Kinsella has made an international name for himself as a leading exponent of libertarian theory and as an outspoken critic of patents and intellectual property. He recently spoke with Publisher Jack Criss from his home in Houston about why he believes the concept of intellectual property is one of the most dangerous threats to freedom and progress in the world today.)

Dekalb County Economic Growth: Cooperation and Competition

by Jonathan G. Banes Contributing Correspondent

Dekalb County, Georgia serves as one of the largest counties in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metroplex, with a population estimated over 700,000, as of 2012. As such, Dekalb, like many municipalities, must both cooperate in enticing businesses and capital to Georgia as a whole as well as compete with other surrounding counties, principally Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb, Rockdale, and Forsyth among others, for businesses and government agencies to relocate their headquarters or operations.


Businesses Group Together In South To Manage Health Cost

by Murray L. Harber Contributing Columnist

Businesses can take control of health costs by working together. Across the country, there are many examples of this strategy and the trend is growing here in the south. Each state and sometimes regional sections of states have formed business groups which focus on health and health care issues. Each of these groups has some common themes and some partner on unique initiatives to help their members leverage their investments in human capital and health-related benefits.


Cloud Computing: The Sky’s The Limit For Business

by Carter Smith Guest Columnist

In our technology- infused economy, there has been a lot of buzz around organizations utilizing cloud based technologies. Whether the cloud technology is industry specific or designed for mass appeal, there are significant benefits to using cloud based solutions to give businesses a distinct competitive advantage.


The Marketplace, Orwell’s Mistake, and Homeless Entrepreneurs

by Ken West Contributing Writer

One thing we can take for granted is that in order to make an exchange in the marketplace of goods and services we must offer something of value. It’s fundamental to capitalism and to life itself.In his semi-autobiographical novel, “Down and Out in Paris and London,” George Orwell wrote about the hardships that a beggar encounters. Orwell wrote that a beggar works just as hard as someone pursuing a job, and that a beggar deserves remuneration.


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