Why avoiding taxes is moral

The recent leak of the Panama Papers—which consist of confidential banking documents that report names of thousands of offshore corporations and their shareholders—created a...

Another corporate hero: Exxon Mobil fights back for free speech

Many oil companies succumb to the pressure from environmental activists and the media and join the fight against ‘climate change,’ or at least make...

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...

Why business should care about free speech

I am reading a freshly published book, Defending Free Speech, a collection of essays edited by Steve Simpson and published by the Ayn Rand...

Altruism means self-sacrifice, not benevolence

Despite the positive connotations of benevolence and kindness that most people hold for altruism, that is not what this moral code means. The Encyclopedia...

“Inclusive capitalism” is not capitalism

Returning from a trip to Europe (the excuse for no posts recently), I read a column in the Wall Street Journal’s Europe edition by...

Confusion of Bill Gates: Capitalism, socialism, and climate change

In a recent interview with the Atlantic, Bill Gates revealed his utter confusion when he claimed that “only socialism can save the planet from...

Corporate Social Responsibility–why we should drop the concept

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a concept that has permeated the language of business as a taken-for-granted, feel-good synonym for ‘ethical.’ Despite the term’s...

Why business and force don’t mix

My recent post on the Pope’s misguided accusation of business for exploiting workers has received some reactions that indicate a misunderstanding of the role...

Human flourishing requires energy—not government coercion

As philosopher and author Alex Epstein (The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels) has convincingly argued, we need reliable, affordable energy to survive and flourish....

Apple’s tax strategy is not only legal—it’s moral

The U.S. corporate tax rate is about 40%. Ireland’s is 12.5%. Following a tax minimization strategy and legal transfer pricing practices, Apple claims about...

Defending oil pipelines: Why pursuing ‘social license’ is futile

Environmentalists, led by New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), have launched a campaign against the TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Energy East pipeline. Energy East...