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Selling horse meat as beef: Buyer beware, too?

In my last post I wrote about stores selling products past their best before date—such as the expired canned lobster pate, which raised demands...

Government regulation or buyer beware?

A Canadian woman recently bought a can of lobster pate at a Wal-Mart store. The pate was about a year and half past its...

Instead of taxing the 1% more, we should thank them

To qualify as part of the top 1% of income earners in Canada in 2010, you would have to had earned $201,400. (In the...

Eating quinoa: Capitalist exploitation?

The newly rediscovered, nutritious “miracle grain” quinoa, eaten increasingly by health-conscious consumers in the developed countries, is making the rich richer and the poor...

It’s good—but hard—to be selfish

Most people think that it is unethical to be selfish. They have been taught that we should always put others’ interests ahead of our...

Income inequality is moral

I was listening to the radio on the weekend and heard a leading Canadian socialist, Stephen Lewis, lament about the big income gap between...

Review of Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government, Yaron...

Why does the government keep growing, why should we be concerned about it, and what to do about it? “Free Market Revolution” by Yaron...

Giving is not a duty

At this time of the year, many of us are giving presents out of benevolence, goodwill, appreciation, and love—I hope. Gifts are a means...

Free market should win over government control

After months of deliberation, the Canadian government has finally approved the $15 billion takeover of the Canadian-based oil and gas producer Nexen Inc. by...

There is no conflict between individual and common interests

This is the last installment based on my experiences in Finland in the last month. A few days before I returned to Canada, the...

Exploitation vs. trade

A well-educated, intelligent acquaintance was telling me how the quality of care at a privatized, formerly government-run hospital had immediately declined after its privatization....

Why humility is not a virtue

According to conventional morality, humility is a virtue. We are taught to think not too highly of ourselves or not to take credit for...