Snake oil business and its appeal

Why do people fall for ‘snake oil’ products, those claimed to provide miracle cures and quick fixes for various problems, perceived and real: excess...

Wealth creation is good for the planet

From a leftist perspective, wealth creation undermines people’s happiness (just check the United Nations’ Happiness Report)—and damages the environment through industrial development, pollution, and...

Leave Amazon alone!

Typically, I don’t write about current politics—there are enough commentators doing so already—but I am making an exception on president Trump’s attack on Amazon....

Teamwork vs. independent thinking?

If we are to believe people like President Obama who famously said: “You didn’t build that”, we would conclude individual accomplishment is insignificant; only...

What is a ‘rational’ climate policy?

I recently attended a talk about rational climate policy in Calgary, the headquarter city of the Canadian oil industry. The presenters where  economics professor...

Should we boycott gun manufacturers?

Every time there is a mass shooting, such as at a Parkland, Florida high school recently, people want to do something tangible to prevent...

Who is responsible for your behavior?

You probably thought that the answer is: “I am.” But neuroscientist Sam Harris argues in his 2012 book, Free Will, that your genes and...

Value of freedom

In an alarming article in the Financial Post, Geoffrey Morgan reports how North American cities are increasingly taking measures to fight climate change—public transit...

“Under capitalism, who would regulate us?”

"Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned.” –Ayn Rand To...

Why isn’t there more rational selfishness?

I am teaching business ethics to a class of MBA students. The course covers the main alternative moral codes:altruism—the most widely adopted code...

Why be moral? Your life depends on it!

To say that many people are confused about morality is an understatement. Yet, our lives depend on getting morality right. As an example of...

The moral purpose of business: Larry Fink vs. T.J. Rodgers

Larry Fink, CEO of one of the largest investment management firms in the world, BlackRock, has sent a letter to all S&P 500 CEOs,...