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Virtue of pride: policy of doing your best

  Virtue of pride: policy of doing your best According to conventional morality, pride is a sin. According to Aristotle, it is the crown of all...

Celebrating work

On Labor Day, I celebrate work. I know I am a little off the original purpose of this holiday, as it was initiated at...

Peace, love, energy

The Canadian Energy Executives’ Association (CEEA) had its annual business conference recently in Banff, Alberta. The members are mostly oil and gas executives, or...

Is Google too big and powerful?

In a recent post, Google, Groupthink & the Media, Donna Laframboise writes: “Google is the kind of multinational tech giant that may be too...

The crucial need for rational ethics in business

I recently reviewed student comments on the business ethics course I taught this year. They were overwhelmingly positive, which of course is heart-warming to...

Does pursuit of profit cause war?

I recently visited the new premises of my alma mater, Aalto University Business School, in Espoo, Finland. There I picked up an issue of...

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...

Art, business, and first-handed productiveness

I recently heard a panel discussion by some accomplished professional artists about a variety of topics, which ranged from the motivation to paint to...

We don’t need protection against big business

Politicians from President Donald Trump to Senator Elizabeth Warren keep complaining that big corporations—Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook, and others—have too much power and need...

Why is trade not free?

In a recent National Post column, Robert Fulford rightfully lamented the fact that after a quarter century since the United States-Canada Free Trade Agreement...

Big Oil lobbying for carbon tax: virtue signaling or taking the moral high ground?

Large oil companies have now joined dozens of large corporations to lobby for U.S. carbon tax, Bloomberg recently reported. From the perspective of human...

Corporate welfare is immoral

In its recently released budget, the Canadian government announced $6.4 billion of new corporate welfare spending. The aerospace sector will receive $1.2 billion of...