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...

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...

Outsourcing is moral

When I told my husband that I was going to write a post defending outsourcing, he suggested the title “I love foreign workers.” That...

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...

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...

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...

We need more selfishness, not less

Contrary to conventional wisdom, selfishness is a virtue--and we need more of it. For most people being called selfish is an accusation, not praise....

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),...

How to maximize long-term profits: The reality principle

A recent Financial Post column relates a real-life counter example of how not to maximize long-term profits, which I think is worth analyzing. To...

Appeasing “stakeholders:” How not to deal with corporate critics

A few months ago I announced the “Corporate Appeasement Award” for Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee shop chain that caved in under an environmentalist-orchestrated...

Who is afraid of individual rights?

I recently attended a conference on conservative ideas to learn more about them. My biggest takeaway: while conservatives agree with Objectivism (the philosophy to...

Are the rich getting richer and the poor poorer?

The long-standing argument of the Left is that the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer, presumably because the former “exploit” the latter....