Why do we fear capitalism?

My MBA students have been discussing alternative social systems as context of business in my business ethics class. While most see the value of...

Fighting climate change undermines freedom of business and human flourishing

“There is no hiding from climate change. It is real and it is everywhere,” stated Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last fall (see the McLean's...

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...

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...

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...

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...