Does freedom cause crime, obesity, and drug addiction?

In discussing capitalism with my MBA business ethics class, this objection came up: there is too much freedom in a capitalist society, and it...

Confusion of Bill Gates: Capitalism, socialism, and climate change

In a recent interview with the Atlantic, Bill Gates revealed his utter confusion when he claimed that “only socialism can save the planet from...

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...

The Green Reich is encroaching: Banning ‘Le Black Friday’

The Black Friday following the American Thanksgiving has migrated to Europe, where retailers and consumers have embraced it as the big discount day to...

How mistaken moral views explain bad economics

Morality poses the question: For what purpose should I live and how? Economics studies how to organize production and trade of goods and services...

Government regulation does not make us safe—capitalism does

Would you trust government more than business to keep you safe? Amazingly, most people say yes almost automatically when asked. They see government as...

What counts as progress and what makes it possible?

At the end of the year, the media is teeming with reviews of the past 12 months. With their focus on the positive, compilations...

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...

Bono versus Bill Gates: A capitalist or a statist route to end poverty?

“Aid is just a stop-gap. Commerce—entrepreneurial capitalism—takes more people out of poverty than aid.” You might be surprised that this statement was made by...

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...

Government regulation of business: Protection or harm?

Those advocating a strong regulatory state view government regulations as necessary to protect us against businesses that in their pursuit of profits, in the...

“Victims” of capitalism?

When the Canadian government recently announced the plan to build a monument to victims of communism, Elizabeth May, the Green...