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Climate alarmism, business of energy, and human flourishing

Climate alarmism—the end-of-the-world scenarios of dangerously warming climate, allegedly caused by human emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere—is becoming an increasingly mainstream view. This...

Principle of freedom trumps government regulation: Why cannabis market should be free

A reader commented on my earlier post that advocated legalization of cannabis: “Given you position about allowing legalization and everyone has the right to use...

Let’s thank producers

At best, business is dismissed as amoral. Or at worst, it is accused for being fundamentally immoral. Many people disdain business as the realm...

We should want more billionaires: Why inequality does not matter

The two big political and social questions that dominate the discourse today are climate change and economic inequality. Except, there is not much discourse,...

No more altruism! Rejecting the ethics of self-sacrifice

The first part of this post’s title is a quotation from a student in my business ethics class. She had said that to her...

Capitalism: The pro-human social system

Capitalism is the favorite whipping boy of the leftists (such as the Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders). It gets blamed for...

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...