Profit maximization is moral!

In the last class of my MBA business ethics course, a student commented that while he agreed that businesses must pursue profits to survive,...

Which is more important: Creating wealth or “giving back”?

Last week I attended an awards gala called “Rising Stars.” It was organized by Canada’s Oilweek magazine to recognize up-and-coming leaders in the oil...

Another fallacy about capitalism: Coercive monopolies

I recently attended a talk about innovation by a well-known former CEO of a successful Canadian company. His remarks were mostly sensible at first:...

Defending Uber

It appears that Uber is in trouble: good executives quit, allegations of sexual harassment, and a “toxic” work culture. CEO Travis Kalanick was caught...

Keys to innovation

As David Akin writes in the Financial Post, the Canadian government has tried, through science policy, tax incentives and other programs, to boost innovation...

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...

Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau, and the misguided inequality crusade

Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and a strong technology advocate, and Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada and a former high school teacher,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The ethics and business of human genetic editing

The other day, I turned on the radio to a debate on the ethics on human genetic editing, prompted buy an international scientific summit...