These materials will give you a sense of the worldwide progress in wealth and well-being that has occurred in the last 400 years. You will see that while progress has been greater in more free-enterprise friendly places, almost all countries have seen an increase.
200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes
a video by Hans Rosling
charts by Max Roser
by James Roberts and Ryan Olson
Roberts and Olson speak directly to the connection between free-enterprise and welfare.
by Randall Holcombe
Randall Holcombe addresses how important entrepreneurship and innovation are to continued economic growth. This presents an answer as to why free-enterprise works better than managed economies to create growth.
by Friedrich A. Hayek
If free-enterprise works to create health, wealth and happiness, and the unencumbered operation of entrepreneurs is necessary to that, why do we not see more political support for free-enterprise? Nobel Prize winner in economics F.A. Hayek questions whether conservatism is compatible with free-enterprise.
by Frédéric Bastiat
Bastiat's petition from the Candlemakers highlights a potential reason why established businesses don't support free enterprise.
Excerpts from Mind of the Market
by Michael Shermer
Chapters 2: Our Folk Economics
Chapter 3: Bottom up Capitalism
These two chapters in Michael Shermer's book, Mind of the Market, address the obvious question, if free-enterprise works to create health, wealth and happiness, why does it seem like such a hard sell to the average person?