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...

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...

Should the nanny state dictate training for Uber drivers?

Most governments take their nanny role seriously, but some are more zealous than others. Among the most zealous is the provincial government of Quebec....

Government’s role: Providing services or protecting individual rights?

For many, government exists to look after us by providing various services: health care, education (both K to 12 and post-secondary), licensing (of daycares,...

Defending oil pipelines: Why pursuing ‘social license’ is futile

Environmentalists, led by New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), have launched a campaign against the TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Energy East pipeline. Energy East...

Following the majority and avoiding “extreme” views vs. independence and integrity

I recently visited Finland, my native country. The trip made me think as to why so many people choose to follow the majority opinion...

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...

Another corporate hero: Exxon Mobil fights back for free speech

Many oil companies succumb to the pressure from environmental activists and the media and join the fight against ‘climate change,’ or at least make...

Altruism means self-sacrifice, not benevolence

Despite the positive connotations of benevolence and kindness that most people hold for altruism, that is not what this moral code means. The Encyclopedia...

Does government regulation make us safe?

When government regulates and licenses daycares, restaurants, taxicabs, banks, other businesses, and physicians, we can rest assured that their operations and products are safe...

Why wealth creation (and private property and property rights) is good for the planet

In my previous post, I was writing about the first UN World Happiness Report and how it pits wealth creation—and wealth—against happiness. I promised...

Government regulation does not make us safe—capitalism does

Would you trust government more than business to keep you safe? Amazingly, most people say yes almost automatically when asked. They see government as...