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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...

How to end poverty

In a recent National Post column, Andrew Coyne reported on a newly released statistic: Canada’s poverty rate had almost halved in 15 years since...

Can you get something for nothing?

I was recently at a small garden center adjacent to a large chain store, getting supplies for spring gardening. I thought of checking the...

 A “No Impact Man” is a dead man

University of Calgary, my employer, recently announced that this year it will require all newly-admitted students to read “No Impact Man,” the New York-based...

Free speech, censorship, and Facebook: Why should you care?

My esteem for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has just dropped significantly. In a recent Washington Post op-ed, he implores the government to regulate “harmful”...

Moral = practical

Recently I heard a colleague tell someone: “Everyone—except the naïve idealists—knows that one cannot be 100% moral in business; success in business requires compromising...

Why business (and the rest of us) needs limited government

Many people take government involvement in the economy for granted. They agree that government should determine, among other things: who companies should hire (equal...

Is Amazon “fleecing the taxpayers”?

In a recent Financial Post column, Lawrence Solomon accused Amazon for “fleecing the taxpayers” through its lobbying for tax breaks and other corporate welfare...