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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...

Why Donald Trump is wrong about free trade

The American people have now voted Donald Trump for their president-elect on a promise that he will make America prosperous—by restricting trade and making...

Business and the moral sanction of the ballooning regulatory state

All tax payers are suffering under the increasing regulatory and tax burden, as governments are trying to cope with the sagging economies (that they...

The oil and gas unemployment crisis and how to fix it

According to estimates, there are 100,000 unemployed oil and gas workers in Alberta, most of them highly trained professionals in my home town Calgary....

No business should cheer a carbon tax

I just changed cell phone providers. Why? My former provider, Telus, was tweeting its enthusiastic support for the newly announced Canadian federal carbon tax...

Government regulation of business: Protection or harm?

Those advocating a strong regulatory state view government regulations as necessary to protect us against businesses that in their pursuit of profits, in the...

Investment bankers’ contribution

I recently spoke with a retired investment banker who was disillusioned with his past profession. He said that he had seen so much what...

How to maximize long-term profits: The reality principle

A recent Financial Post column relates a real-life counter example of how not to maximize long-term profits, which I think is worth analyzing. To...

Defending fossil fuel companies against climate catastrophists

In the dark world of the climate catastrophists, fossil fuel companies are the villains. Having been persuaded by the hugely inaccurate (to the point...

Celebrating work

On Labor Day, I celebrate work. I know I am a little off the original purpose of this holiday, as it was initiated at...

Apple’s tax strategy is not only legal—it’s moral

The U.S. corporate tax rate is about 40%. Ireland’s is 12.5%. Following a tax minimization strategy and legal transfer pricing practices, Apple claims about...

Government, business, and human flourishing

In a recent conversation about the U.S. presidential election, a well-educated, high-earning professional told me that he had been rooting for Bernie Sanders for...