Our supporters in the spotlight: Kostas Stoupas

14 Feb 2017

Kostas Stoupas has been working for the past 30 years as a journalist. He began as a financial journalist in the early 90s, for the weekly economic newspaper Ependytis and experienced the real economy and entrepreneurship.

One time, for the purposes of his job, he had to interview the owner of a small company that manufactured non-stick pans. They met late at night in the factory, as he was still repairing the machines, while the workers have long gone home. He was someone who had started from scratch and was trying to change his fate...

Later on, he met at his first steps a businessman who later created the largest hosiery industry in Greece. He and his brother worked hard as immigrants in Germany, then bought a hosiery machine and produced socks in their home kitchen. They began selling their own socks on the street and later managed to build a group of companies around these activities.
He met dozens of similar people, as well as many entrepreneurs who had benefit a great deal thanks to "special" state regulations.
His contact with the real economy led him to radically change his left-wing beliefs. He concluded that state regulations and interventions are more favorable to those who practice them, rather than to people working to create and change their fate.
As the years passed, he became a commentator and analyst. He sees the developments as a result of both individual aspirations, political will and state regulations.

After Ependytis, he worked in Capital magazine, Kathimerini newspaper, Mega Chanel, Star Chanel and recently as a columnist in Capital.gr.

Why support KEFiM

We asked Kostas why he supports KEFiM and he told us:

"The reasons I support KEFIM are:
A) I think that freedom of choice is the most fundamental human good. Freedom of human will is mostly related to the economic independence. Therefore, in order to have a society with political freedom, there must be a sufficient number of financially independent people.
B) People in Greece, as well as in the wider region in which it is located, are not aware and possibly even afraid of freedom and its base: free economy. This may change with more long-term efforts from organizations like KEFIM and less with efforts from political parties. Parties take turn in power and reality forces them to compromise.
C) Lately I noticed a global decline of ideas associated to open society and free market economy, in favor of what is called "oligarch capitalism". I think this is harmful for freedom and progress. "

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