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...

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...

Who is afraid of individual rights?

I recently attended a conference on conservative ideas to learn more about them. My biggest takeaway: while conservatives agree with Objectivism (the philosophy to...

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...

“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...

Corporate welfare is immoral

In its recently released budget, the Canadian government announced $6.4 billion of new corporate welfare spending. The aerospace sector will receive $1.2 billion of...

Collectivism kills business

As a defender of business, whenever I read or hear collectivist claims that the Western ideal of individualism “harms society,” I cringe. Typically, the...

Virtue of business: productiveness

At best, business is dismissed as amoral. Or at worst, it is accused for being fundamentally immoral. Many people disdain business as the realm...

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...

Government’s role: Providing services or protecting individual rights?

For many, government exists to look after us by providing various services: health care, education (both K to 12 and post-secondary), licensing (of daycares,...

Business under an attack: Lessons from Resolute Forest Products

The Montreal-based pulp and paper company Resolute Forest Products has been harassed by the American radical environmental group ForestEthics for years. The ENGO (environmental...

Business is a moral endeavor

When I tell people that I teach business ethics, I am often told that it is an oxymoron because business cannot be moral. That...