What counts as progress and what makes it possible?

At the end of the year, the media is teeming with reviews of the past 12 months. With their focus on the positive, compilations...

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...

Embracing the nanny state versus valuing freedom

Everyone knows that freedom is an essential requirement of human survival and happiness. Correct? Apparently not. The other day I was listening to a...

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...

Tax avoidance, productiveness, and employee cheating

In a recent column in Canada’s Globe & Mail, my colleague Loren Falkenberg discusses “unintentional” and “benevolent” cheating by employees and offers advice for...

Why finance is moral

I have just finished reading recently published In pursuit of wealth: The moral case for finance, edited by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins. It...

What motivates haters of capitalism?

The intellectual leaders of the Canadian Left, such as Naomi Klein and David Suzuki, and their celebrity fellow travelers, including Neil Young, Donald Sutherland...

New Year’s wishes: more reason and freedom

I can’t make resolutions to increase long-term success and prosperity for business, but I can identify their requirements: more reason and freedom. Many of...

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...

Mark Zuckerberg wants to make the world a better place: Productiveness vs. charity?

Facebook CEO and recent parent Mark Zuckerberg has written a letter to his newborn daughter—cum a political manifesto—in which he makes the ‘Billionaires’ Pledge’...

Who is responsible for your behavior?

You probably thought that the answer is: “you.” But neuroscientist Sam Harris argues (or rather, asserts) in his new book, Free Will (http://www.amazon.com/Free-Will-Sam-Harris/dp/1451683405/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1344363795&sr=1-4&keywords=sam+harris), that...

Fighting climate change vs. enhancing prosperity

The world political leaders and environmentalists will gather shortly at the UN summit in Paris, in a global effort to combat climate change. Most...