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Eating quinoa: Capitalist exploitation?

The newly rediscovered, nutritious “miracle grain” quinoa, eaten increasingly by health-conscious consumers in the developed countries, is making the rich richer and the poor...

It’s good—but hard—to be selfish

Most people think that it is unethical to be selfish. They have been taught that we should always put others’ interests ahead of our...

Income inequality is moral

I was listening to the radio on the weekend and heard a leading Canadian socialist, Stephen Lewis, lament about the big income gap between...

Review of Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government, Yaron...

Why does the government keep growing, why should we be concerned about it, and what to do about it? “Free Market Revolution” by Yaron...

Giving is not a duty

At this time of the year, many of us are giving presents out of benevolence, goodwill, appreciation, and love—I hope. Gifts are a means...

Free market should win over government control

After months of deliberation, the Canadian government has finally approved the $15 billion takeover of the Canadian-based oil and gas producer Nexen Inc. by...

There is no conflict between individual and common interests

This is the last installment based on my experiences in Finland in the last month. A few days before I returned to Canada, the...

Exploitation vs. trade

A well-educated, intelligent acquaintance was telling me how the quality of care at a privatized, formerly government-run hospital had immediately declined after its privatization....

Why humility is not a virtue

According to conventional morality, humility is a virtue. We are taught to think not too highly of ourselves or not to take credit for...

Why envy is bad for us

I am writing this post in Finland where I am working for a month. Last week the Finns marked their annual unofficial “National Envy...

Teamwork vs. independent thinking?

If we are to believe people like President Obama who famously said: “You didn’t build that”, individual accomplishment is insignificant; only as a group...

Altruism is not a guide for living—or for business

Most of us pursue self-interest every day: we eat nutritious food,  engage in productive work (to have a purpose and to make a living),...