The power of entrepreneurship: Report from Vietnam

What can we learn about entrepreneurship from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, a communist dictatorship, you may wonder. Had you asked me just a...

What does it take to innovate?

I recently attended an international conference focused on innovation, which is commonly defined as a new, and better, idea, product or process—better by the...

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...

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...

“Under capitalism, who would regulate us?”

"Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned.” –Ayn Rand To...

Why business (and the rest of us) needs limited government

Many people take government involvement in the economy for granted. They agree that government should determine, among other things: who companies should hire (equal...

Wealth concentration is not a moral disgrace

On my recent visit to Southern California, I read an op-ed in the LA Times by Chuck Collins and Josh Hoxie, the authors of...

Flourishing business needs free markets

The big media story about business to start the year (at least for the CBC, the Canadian public broadcasting corporation) was the “outrageously” high...

Abolish minimum wages

Most countries have some kind of minimum wage laws. They are intended to protect unskilled or inexperienced workers against “exploitation” by employers who, in...

Another win for irrationality: Islamist terrorist attacks on Paris

This was not my planned topic for this week’s post, but the horrific terrorist attacks on Paris by ISIS deserve a reasoned commentary. As...

Who is responsible for your behavior?

You probably thought that the answer is: “you.” But neuroscientist Sam Harris argues (or rather, asserts) in his new book, Free Will (http://www.amazon.com/Free-Will-Sam-Harris/dp/1451683405/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1344363795&sr=1-4&keywords=sam+harris), that...

Should the nanny state dictate training for Uber drivers?

Most governments take their nanny role seriously, but some are more zealous than others. Among the most zealous is the provincial government of Quebec....