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Why business makes Christmas better

Millions of people are about to celebrate Christmas, by decorating their homes, setting up Christmas trees and lights, getting together with their families, exchanging...

The moral case for fossil fuels: Alex Epstein’s important new book

I am writing from Kauai, Hawaii, while on a vacation, bracing myself for grading students’ term papers next week. Before humans discovered fossil fuels,...

Business is moral!

Business is in a dire need of moral defense. I have written posts defending the oil sands producers and outsourcing by banks, but those...

Supermarkets—our enemies?

“Every time we step through its doors we enter into a battle with our enemy, the supermarket corporation, whose motives are totally opposed to...

Embracing the nanny state vs. valuing freedom

Everyone knows that freedom is an essential requirement of human survival and happiness. Correct? Apparently not. Recently I was listening to a morning radio show...

Who do you trust more: business or government?

An undergraduate business student recently told me: “People of my generation trust government more than they trust business, particularly large corporations.” While I wasn’t...

Apologizing for “white” advertising

The CEO of my favorite outfitter, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), recently posted an open letter on the company’s website, with the heading: “Do white...

Value of competition

The markets are not free in most of the world which means that competition is curtailed. In Canada, the federal government has targeted some...

What’s wrong with Amazon jumping on the minimum wage bandwagon?

Amazon recently announced that it will raise the hourly wage it pays to a minimum of $15, to the cheering of its workers. CEO...

“Victims” of capitalism?

When the Canadian government recently announced its plan to build a monument to victims of communism, Elizabeth May, the Green Party leader (and the...

Does fighting climate change give business an advantage?

Business columnist Kevin Carmichael recently argued that carbon offsets gives the international shoe manufacturer and retailer ALDO an advantage in attracting customers. To be...

What is business ethics for?

A new semester, and a new class of business ethics, has begun. In my class, we initially discuss concrete examples of ethical dilemmas in...