How capitalism helps everyone flourish

In my business ethics course we always discuss the social context of business, particularly the implications of different social systems: the prevailing mixed economy,...

“Inclusive” capitalism and “fair” markets

When government bureaucrats call for “inclusive” capitalism and “fair” markets, you know they are not doing so out of compassion for the poor or...

Exploitation vs. trade: Win-lose or win-win?

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

Business doesn’t need a “social license to operate”

A “social license to operate” has been widely accepted as something that companies need to gain and maintain, particularly in resource-based industries, such as...

Is Amazon “fleecing the taxpayers”?

In a recent Financial Post column, Lawrence Solomon accused Amazon for “fleecing the taxpayers” through its lobbying for tax breaks and other corporate welfare...

New Year’s wishes: more reason and freedom

I can’t make resolutions to increase long-term success and prosperity for business, but I can identify their requirements: more reason and freedom. Many of...

Focus on progress: We live in the best of times

While often criticizing government for curtailing our freedom instead of protecting it and businesspeople (or others) for failing to act ethically, I want to...

Mark Zuckerberg wants to make the world a better place: Productiveness vs. charity?

Facebook CEO and recent parent Mark Zuckerberg has written a letter to his newborn daughter—cum a political manifesto—in which he makes the ‘Billionaires’ Pledge’...

Business and the moral sanction of the ballooning regulatory state

All tax payers are suffering under the increasing regulatory and tax burden, as governments are trying to cope with the sagging economies (that they...

In praise of privatization and private property

In a recent column in Calgary Herald, Naomi Lakritz attacked a think-tank’s proposal for improving the city’s governance through privatization of...

Brexit: good for business—if liberty prevails

Many media commentators on the British referendum outcome to leave the European Union have zeroed in on the Brits’ frustration with the increasing intrusion...

Is “green” oil good for us?

The carbon reduction craze has been now embraced by the Canadian oil sands producers as the unavoidable necessity to “clean up” their product to...