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...

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...

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...

130 environmentalist groups want to end “hegemonic capitalism;” blame it for climate change

Recently, 130 environmentalist groups gathered in an UN-backed event in Venezuela to gather more civilian support to combat climate change, reports the Daily Caller....

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...

Why appeasement doesn’t work: Sainsbury’s and kosher foods

Pro-Palestinian, pro-Hamas protestors recently gathered outside a London store of Sainsbury’s, a British supermarket chain, apparently demanding the removal of any Israeli products. The...

Morality of capitalism

I have written about the aversion to capitalism (including among business students) before. Given all the evidence about the benefits of free markets—such as...

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...

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...

“Social license to operate” vs. right to liberty and property

The concept “social license to operate” has started to gain traction in the media recently. The term has been attributed to Canadian mining executive...

Beneficiaries vs. “victims” of capitalism?

I recently did an interesting tour of the Carrie Furnaces, a national historic site of a former iron mill near Pittsburgh. Our guide who,...