Thursday, February 20, 2014

Who knew the Dalai Lama was a conservative?

Wow! The Dalai Lama is a conservative! I know spiritual-type  Hollywood liberals and dope-smoking old hippies love him, but the Dalai Lama is apparently a strong advocate of free enterprise.  This is from American Enterprise Institute, a very influential and highly respected conservative think tank.

Recent years have made clear that the free enterprise system is under immense strain. But the answer is not simply to double down on budgetary arguments, tout low-tax solutions, and explain economic basics. We must stop considering free enterprise purely in terms of economic gain and wealth creation and begin considering it in terms of human fulfillment. In working with his Holiness the Dalai Lama, AEI seeks to create an open forum among scholars, social and political leaders, doctors, and scientists to discuss the ways in which material prosperity, spiritual development, and ethical leadership can maximize human flourishing.

Far from a talk, we look forward to a conversation with His Holiness about how the free enterprise system can offer the best path toward happiness when predicated on ethical leadership, morality, and compassion for others.

Panel discussion: Economics, happiness, and the search for a better life
PANEL I | 9:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Moral free enterprise: Economic perspectives in business and politics
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Arthur C. Brooks, AEI
Jon Haidt, New York University
Glenn Hubbard, Columbia University
Daniel S. Loeb, Third Point LLC

PANEL II | 10:30 a.m.–noon
Cosponsored by the Mind & Life Institute
Unlocking the mind and human happiness
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Richard Davidson, University of Wisconsin
Otto Scharmer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Diana Chapman Walsh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Arthur Zajonc, Mind & Life Institute 
Unfortunately these forum were live streamed only, but maybe we will hear more from the Dalai Lama.  Maybe he will win a few converts to the side of the political divide that values liberty and human potential.  Maybe some people who have always assumed all of the cool people were socialist will open their mind.


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