Entrepreneurs and the Transformation of the Global Economy
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Entrepreneurs and the Transformation of the Global Economy

Anthony Patrick Ellison

Anthony Ellison cuts through conventional neo-classical interpretations to expose the indispensable contribution of entrepreneurs in driving the market process and, in particular, in accomplishing the deregulation of the transportation, trade, telecommunications and financial regimes both in North America and across the globe. Entrepreneurs have an important role in any economy, but in this seminal study, the author argues that they have played a crucial part in shaping the contemporary global market. Entrepreneurs and the Transformation of the Global Economy situates the emergence of the contemporary global market economy within an historical context.
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Chapter 10: A Classical Modernist

Anthony Patrick Ellison


We must somehow escape on the one hand from our obsession with the moment and on the other hand from our obsession of history. In freeing ourselves from time and attempting a balance between the demands of time and space we can develop conditions favourable to an interest in culture. H. A. Innis' The eighteenth century was a time when, economic intercourse having dissolved into chaos, and social life, free of despots, having been plunged into anarchy, the social philosophers of the Enlightenment sought to illuminate the innate harmonies of the evolving markets and expound on the economic and political tights required to sustain a desirable liberal order. Yet, until this day, the reinforcing institutions that should underpin a liberal order, namely, dynamic unregulated markets and a democratic polity, are still not wholeheartedly embraced or universally endorsed. Understandably, some societies remain steeped in traditions that are antipathetic to liberalism. The rejection of the liberal order, on the part of even those societies within which the notions of a liberal order were first perceived and formulated, suggests that there is no end in sight to the eternal debate about the nature of the good in social life. In the main, it seems, there are differing views on what it means to be human. Classical economists have outlined the implications of making choices for self-centred man, largely in a state of ignorance and seeming chaos. Later proponents of the liberal philosophy contributed to modernity by expounding on materialism and the beneficial consequences...

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