With Sir Anthony Seldon
Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of Buckingham University EO14

In the 14th issue of our magazine we interviewed the prominent British headmaster, contemporary historian, and author, Sir Anthony Seldon.

Mr. Seldon was the headmaster of the famous “Wellington College” for almost a decade, and prior to that he headed “Brighton College”. He has written, co-written, and edited over 35 titles on politics, contemporary history, and education. He also co-founded “Center for Contemporary British History”, and Action for Happiness. Dr. Anthony Seldon is currently Vice-Chancellor of University of Buckingham. A PDF version of this interview can be accessed here.

Some of the articles featured in this issue of our magazine include:

  1. Historical Background of Government Intervention in Education, by Bardia Garshasbi
  2. Effects of Economic Tariffs - taken from Not a Zero-Sum Game, by Manuel Ayau
  3. The Nature of Government - taken from The Virtue of Selfishness, by Ayn Rand
  4. Four short articles taken from Freedom 101, by Madsen Pirie
  5. Better Market-oriented Management of Assets and Liabilities for Iranian Banks and Companies, by Mohammad Reza Javadian
With Lord Norman Lamont
Lord Norman Lamont, Chairman of The British Iranian Chamber of Commerce EO13

The 13th issue of Excellent Organization features an exclusive interview with Lord Norman Lamont, a prominent member of The House of Lords in the British Parliament and the Chairman of The British Iranian Chamber of Commerce. Lord Lamont has served in the two Houses of the British Parliament for over four decades and was the Chancellor of the Exchequer in John Major’s government. We met Lord Lamont in London on two occasions a few weeks prior to the UK general election in May 2015.

In this exclusive interview, Lord Lamont shares with us his views about the nature of government and a host of other subjects including globalization, free trade, the British Iranian Chamber of Commerce, and Iran’s president, Dr. Rouhani. The 13th issue of Excellent Organization also includes Farsi translations of a number of English texts including:

  1. Equality of Income or Wealth? - taken from Foundations of a Free Society, by Eamonn Butler
  2. Trade as a Distributor of Wealth - taken from Not a Zero-Sum Game, by Manuel Ayau
  3. Uber’s Peaceful Revolution - taken from The Freeman, by Jeffery Tucker
  4. Selected pieces taken from Freedom 101, by Madsen Pirie
  5. Bribe and Bribery, by Mahathir Mohamad
  6. Uber Solves the Fundamental Problem of the Marketplace - taken from The Freeman, by Steven Horwitz
With Mr. Ravi Mehrotra
Ravi K. Mehrotra, Founder and Chairman of The Foresight Group EO12

Dr. Ravi Kumar Mehrotra is the founder and chairman of The Foresight Group, an international shipping and off-shore oil drilling company based in London. As an immensely successful entrepreneur, Dr. Mehrotra is convinced that the adoption of an attitude he aptly calls ‘Positive Discontent’ has played a key role in almost all his spectacular achievements in life and business.

We went to meet Mr. Mehrotra in his office in central London, where in an exclusive interview, he told us about his fascinating journey through life, and his interesting ideas about family, work, wealth, and success. We are very grateful that Mr. Mehrotra gave us this rare opportunity to sit with him for a couple of hours and look into his past to learn from his amazing life story. Read this interview in PDF.

This issue also features the Farsi translations of some interesting articles including:

  1. Globalization and Trade - taken from Foundations of a Free Society – by Eamonn Butler
  2. The Role of Women in Management and Organization – by Bobbi Thomason
  3. Economics for Boys and Girls – by Leonard Read
  4. Creating Jobs vs Creating Wealth – by Dwight R. Lee
With Dr. Syed Kamall
Dr. Syed Kamal, Leader of Britain's Conservative Party in the European Parliament EO11

Dr. Syed Kamall is the leader of Britain’s Conservative Party in the European Parliament. He is a high-profile politician in Europe known for his views in defence of more freedom of trade, and less government intervention in people’s economic activities.

In an exclusive interview with our magazine, Dr. Kamall told us about his challenging road to success – from the son of a Guyanese immigrant bus driver to the representative of the people of London in the European Parliament, and Chairman of The European Conservative and Reformist Group.

Syed Kamall supports the idea of less state intervention in economy, because, as he puts it: “In a heavily subsidized economy, you are essentially trapping families into a co-dependent relationship with the state”, and thereby trapping them in poverty forever.

Dr. Kamall doesn’t believe in trading blocs. Neither does he see much sense in what EU is trying to achieve as a trading bloc. He points out that it is rather a common myth that countries trade with each other. “In fact, it is people and businesses in one country that trade with people and businesses in other countries for mutual benefit”, he observes.

We are honored that Dr. Kamall agreed to have an interview with our magazine, and we hope the world will see more politicians like him, who works hard to create opportunities for people so that they can go about their lives independently, and without the need for life-long government subsidies or benefits. The 11th issue of our magazine also features editorials (in both English and Farsi) as well as translations of a series of great articles, including:

  1. More People, Greater Wealth, More Resources, Healthier Environment – by Julian Simon
  2. The Free Market vs The Interventionist State – by Richard Ebeling
  3. Globalization: Boon or Gloom? – by Hans F. Sennholz
With Dr. Eamonn Butler
Dr. Eamonn Butler, Co-founder and Director of Adam Smith Institute EO10

In our interview series, we couldn’t possibly go ahead without interviewing Dr. Eamonn Butler, because we had already translated and published two of his books in Iran, and were about to start the translation of yet another one of his fantastic books.

Eamonn is a truly prolific author. He is also a unique economist in that he makes complex philosophical ideas of other economists accessible to the general reader. Many professionals and ordinary readers have benefited from his remarkable ability in writing primers on complicated schools of thought or introductions to philosophers such as distinguished Austrian economists, Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises.

In this interview, Dr. Butler shares with our readers some of his ideas about globalization, free trade, and the necessity to abolish the protectionism of trading blocs such as the European Union. He also recalls the miserable situation of Britain in 1970s when Britain was referred to as the 'sick man of Europe', a time when the UK's entire economy, gripped by the Keynesian doctrines, was effectively run by trade unions. He then explaines that with the implementation of new ideas promoted by some of the leading think thanks including Adam Smith Institute (of which Eamonn is a co-founder and director) the economy started to grow and things changed for the better. You can access the full interview in English here.

The 10th issue of the magazine also ran a full report of an international economic conference in Tehran, to which CAPTO contributed by inviting three scholars to speak for the conference. Check out the Economic conference page of our website to learn more about that event.

As usual, this issue contained some of our translations of great articles such as:

  1. Human betterment through globalization – by Vernon Smith
  2. Price Controls – by Hugh Rockoff
  3. Free Market – by Murray N. Rothbard
With Lord Nigel Vinson
Lord Nigel Vinson, member of the House of Lords EO9

For the 9th issue of the magazine, we travelled far north to Northumberland, near the Scotland border, to visit Lord Nigel Vinson in his beautiful mansion.

Nigel is an incredible entrepreneur, inventor, and politician. He made a fortune by inventing a new system of plastic coating back in early 1950s, and achieved remarkable success in business. He is a member of the House of Lords in Britain, where he has long challenged UK governments with tough questions, and helped pass several laws in favor of more freedom of trade and businesses.

During our long, exclusive interview with Lord Vinson, he gave us an intimate account of his personal journey towards success, and mentioned interesting things about the transformation of politics in Britain in late 70s, and how crucial his role was in helping Keith Joseph and Margaret Thatcher to set up Center for Policy Studies. Those who are interested to read the English version of this exceptional interview can access it here in PDF format.

The 9th issue also included translations of articles and essays such as:

  1. Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy - by Lawrence Reed
  2. Responsibility - contributed by Friedrich Naumann Foundation website
  3. Freedom 101 - by Madsen Pirie (selected articles)
With Mr. Ed Bachrach
Ed Bachrach, a successful American entrepreneur EO8

In this issue of the magazine, we interviewed the successful American entrepreneur and philanthropist, Ed Bachrach.

Ed is the retired Chairman and CEO of Bachrach Clothing, Inc., a nationwide retailer of men’s fashions through stores, catalogues, and the Internet. He is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and the founder of the charity “Build Cambodia”. Read the full interview in English.

The 8th issue was dedicated to the idea of “businessperson” (or “Kaaseb” as we call them in Farsi), and how he or she is key to the success and prosperity of the entire society. Besides the exclusive interview with an outstanding American businessperson, the 8th issue also featured translations of a couple of great essays including:

  1. Free Trade – by Daniel Griswold
  2. Property Rights – by Armen Alchian


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