‘The Call of the Entrepreneur’

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In much of today’s popular media, such as film, TV, and literature, capitalism is often heralded. Capitalists, particularly entrepreneurs, are often portrayed as inherently morally compromised and self-aggrandizing scumbags who care about no one but themselves.

This negative stereotype is reinforced through many films such as “American Psycho (2000)” and the 2009 far-left filmmaker Michael Moore’s documentary “Capitalism: A Love Story.” And who can ever forget Michael Douglas’ performance as Gordon Gekko in 1987’s “Wall Street”, and his crazy “greed is good” speech?

However, this negative sentiment does not only come from Hollywood and the fringes of the left (which ironically exploits capitalism at every turn)—even Adam Smith, the 18th century philosopher and political economist who is considered as the father of capitalism he was not too fond of entrepreneurs.

However, a very revealing 2007 documentary titled “The Call of the Entrepreneur” (available to watch on Epoch Cinema), produced by The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty (or The Acton Institute for short) seeks to removes many of these. very irrational and uninformed perspectives of capitalism and the role of the entrepreneur in it.

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Farmer Brad Morgan has turned his dairy farm into a thriving composting business. “The Call of the Entrepreneur” (Acton Media)

Fortunately, this documentary shows some high production values ​​and is not only skillfully shot, but contains some very fascinating interviews with many business experts, as well as an informative commentary from the co-founder of The Acton Institute, Roman Catholic priest (and former Pentecostal minister). ) Robert Sirico. In a sea of ​​hostile views towards capitalism and entrepreneurship, this documentary highlights and honors the ingenuity, creativity, productive virtues, and bravery of entrepreneurs around the world.

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The film’s first stop is in the small rural town of Evart, Michigan. There, dairy farmer Brad Morgan has faced many challenges (many from the government) over the years, as have many farmers across America. While Morgan may not have much in the way of formal education, his creativity and innate tenacity to “think outside the box” (he describes himself as “stubborn”) have allowed him to develop something that thought worthless—into a precious commodity.

Morgan discovered that he could turn his cow manure into marketable compost. Not knowing much about the actual science of manure composting, he hired people who had expertise in that field and eventually built a huge composting business that is sought after not only by a wide range of customers but also from prospective business. partners.

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Dr. Frank Hanna, self-made merchant banker in “The Call of the Entrepreneur” (Acton Media)

Another fascinating story is that of Hong Kong activist and entrepreneur Jimmy Lai, the founder of media giant Next Digital. Lai shares his tale of growing up in abject poverty in Guangzhou, China, firmly under the iron fist of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Although Lai’s family was originally wealthy, under the brutal rule of Mao Zedong, the communists seized his family’s land (as they have always done throughout history) and forced his mother to work in the camps of labour/slaves.

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Desperate to survive, Lai went to work as a baggage handler at a railway station in Guangzhou. There, he was exposed to all sorts of different people from outside the communist regime. This led him to realize that all the information that was constantly disseminated to the Chinese people about foreigners was false.

Lai eventually made the calculated decision to move to Hong Kong, where the rule of law still existed and entrepreneurship flourished compared to mainland China under the communists. He went on to found both Next Digital and global retailer Giordano International. Unfortunately, Lai has since been imprisoned several times for his outspoken criticism of the CCP.

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Communism survivor and media mogul Jimmy Lai talks about escaping the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) in “The Entrepreneur’s Call” (Acton Media)

This documentary contradicts the absurd idea that capitalism is a zero-sum game and that all entrepreneurs are self-serving individuals with little respect for others. It raises several questions—if capitalism is such a horrendous, zero-sum game, then why is it the first system in existence by which someone from the lower classes can drastically improve their financial circumstances? And how about all the folks that entrepreneurs help? After all, entrepreneurs not only hire people to work for them and with them, but also provide many goods and services for the various wants and needs of the public.

As the inspirational stories mentioned above show, entrepreneurs typically see something that others did not—a need that they risked their own financial well-being to facilitate for others. And that is very virtuous, any way you slice it.

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And as for the tired old argument that capitalism creates a lot of poverty—compared to what? The poor masses under Soviet communist rule, North Korea, North Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Chinese? What about all the death, poverty, and homelessness that plagued every single country that embraced communism? North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, and the list goes on and on.

As “The Call of the Entrepreneur” expertly shows, the various social, political, scientific and economic advances that capitalism has allowed to take place have been nothing short of miraculous and have proven to be factually superior to any other economic system. , point. It is an educational film that cuts through much of the misinformation and disinformation that exists out there and is well worth your time to watch. It is available to watch on Epoch Cinema.

Watch “The Call of the Entrepreneur” on Epoch Cinema here.

‘The Call of the Entrepreneur’

Directors: Simon Scionka
Running Time: 58 minutes
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Release Date: May. 17, 2007
Rated: 4 stars out of 5

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Ian Kane

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Ian Kane is a US Army veteran, author, filmmaker and actor. It is dedicated to the development and production of innovative, thought-provoking, character-driven films and books of the highest quality.

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