Brexit: good for business—if liberty prevails

Many media commentators on the British referendum outcome to leave the European Union have zeroed in on the Brits’ frustration with the increasing intrusion...

Why business should care about free speech

I am reading a freshly published book, Defending Free Speech, a collection of essays edited by Steve Simpson and published by the Ayn Rand...

Why avoiding taxes is moral

The recent leak of the Panama Papers—which consist of confidential banking documents that report names of thousands of offshore corporations and their shareholders—created a...

Why business and force don’t mix

My recent post on the Pope’s misguided accusation of business for exploiting workers has received some reactions that indicate a misunderstanding of the role...

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...

Businesses make the world a better place

Hollywood has a long history of businessman movie villains, from Mr. Potter in ‘It’s a wonderful world’ to ‘Wall Street’s’ Gordon Gekko and Lord...

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...

Corporate leaders: seekers of climate change salvation?

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has predicted that climate change will lead to a financial catastrophe—unless corporate leaders start taking the risks of...

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...

Leonardo DiCaprio, climate change and “corporate greed”

The World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos has again attracted politicians, environmental activists, and celebrities to pontificate about how to save the world—of which...

The Pope is wrong: Employment is not exploitation

Recently, during a mass at the Vatican, Pope Francis condemned wealthy employers for paying their workers low wages and accused them of “exploitation”. (Thank...

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...