The Pope is wrong: Employment is not exploitation

Recently, during a mass at the Vatican, Pope Francis condemned wealthy employers for paying their workers low wages and accused them of “exploitation”. (Thank...

Why net neutrality is bad

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has repealed President Obama’s net neutrality regulations from 2015. Good for FCC. I’m not a fan of it, or...

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...

By banning Airbnb and Uber, government violates our rights

Have you tried Airbnb to find a place to stay during your summer travels, or used Uber to find a ride? Whether you have...

Corporate welfare: Government theft

The Canadian government recently announced that it will give Bombardier, the Quebec-based aerospace and transportation company, a $372 million “repayable loan,” which Prime Minister...

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’...

Profit maximization is moral!

In the last class of my MBA business ethics course, a student commented that while he agreed that businesses must pursue profits to survive,...

The nanny state of Finland

On a recent visit to Finland, I had some exposure to the current state of the culture and politics of my native country. Sad,...

What motivates haters of capitalism?

The intellectual leaders of the Canadian Left, such as Naomi Klein and David Suzuki, and their celebrity fellow travelers, including Neil Young, Donald Sutherland...

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,...

Why government is anti-innovation

The Canadian Liberal government (similar to the Democrats, but further to the Left) announced its first budget last week, filled with bold promises—and lots...

Hooray for Uber!

As the last of major (and smaller) cities in Canada, my hometown Calgary finally saw the ride-sharing service Uber launch here a few days...