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Corporate welfare: Government theft

The Canadian government recently announced that it will give Bombardier, the Quebec-based aerospace and transportation company, a $372 million “repayable loan,” which Prime Minister...

Kudos to tech companies for opposing Trump’s irrational travel ban

Kudos to tech companies—Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and others—for opposing president Trump’s 90-day ban on travelers to the United States from the seven Muslim-majority...

Businesspeople are producers, not predators

Businesspeople (particularly, businessmen) are the favorite villains of Hollywood. The latest piece of evidence: the newly released movie Gold, starring Matthew McConaughey, loosely based...

What does it take to “make America great again”?

In his inauguration speech, President Trump promised, as expected, to “make America great again”—but he was short on the principles and details as to...

Immoral government: “phasing out” fossil fuels

I thought of writing a post to defend the producers of the Canadian oil sands against yet another celebrity attack, after Jane Fonda flew...

Flourishing business needs free markets

The big media story about business to start the year (at least for the CBC, the Canadian public broadcasting corporation) was the “outrageously” high...

Focus on progress: We live in the best of times

While often criticizing government for curtailing our freedom instead of protecting it and businesspeople (or others) for failing to act ethically, I want to...

Government “free” trade deals don’t promote freedom

So called “free” trade deals between governments are immoral—because they destroy companies’ freedom to trade freely with whomever they see fit. As Lawrence Solomon...

Anti-development is anti-life

Canada’s Financial Post (FP) is running a week-long series entitled “Arrested Development” which investigates how “Canada has turned into a can’t-do nation as surging...

Giving is not a duty

At this time of the year, many of us are giving presents out of benevolence, goodwill, appreciation, and love—and for those reasons only, I...

Fraud is not an ethical dilemma: Avoiding scams like the Wells Fargo fake accounts

When the Wells Fargo fake accounts scandal—two million unauthorized accounts created for clients by bank employees under an unrealistic incentive scheme—erupted earlier this fall,...

Corporate Social Responsibility–why we should drop the concept

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a concept that has permeated the language of business as a taken-for-granted, feel-good synonym for ‘ethical.’ Despite the term’s...