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Why governments should not interfere in the sale of publicly traded companies

This is an issue mostly in countries with abundant natural resources and governments bent on economic nationalism, but it nevertheless poses an interesting ethical...

What drives innovation, the engine of economic growth?

Many economists today are arguing that the unprecedented era of innovation—the last 250 years or so since the industrial revolution—is going to be over...

Ethics of energy

Energy companies, particularly those producing fossil fuels—oil, natural gas, coal—are under attack by the environmentalists and their sympathizers in the media. It is one...

Art, business, and first-handed productiveness

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

Should you apologize for something you have not done?

Last month, Fareed Zakaria, CNN TV host and Time columnist was suspended briefly for plagiarizing a passage by New Yorker writer Jill Lepore. Zakaria...

Business success: a source of guilt or a source of pride?

One of the points of contention among the commentators on the U.S. presidential campaign is whether Mitt Romney’s business experience and success is an...

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, among other things, determine who business should hire (equal...

Robbing the rich in order to give to the poor: immoral and impractical

Last week the mayor of a Spanish town in Andalusia was orchestrating raids to local supermarkets for the purpose of stealing food to feed...

Who is responsible for your behavior?

You probably thought that the answer is: “you.” But neuroscientist Sam Harris argues (or rather, asserts) in his new book, Free Will (http://www.amazon.com/Free-Will-Sam-Harris/dp/1451683405/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1344363795&sr=1-4&keywords=sam+harris), that...

Productive work and happiness

Pause for a second and think what makes you happiest. Good health? A satisfying romantic relationship? Your children thriving? Spending time with friends and...

Is buying for others the secret to consistent happiness?

The theme of money and happiness keeps coming up; I wrote about it last in April when the UN World Happiness Report came out....

Which is more important: Creating wealth or “giving back”?

Last week I attended an awards gala called “Rising Stars.” It was organized by Canada’s Oilweek magazine to recognize up-and-coming leaders in the oil...