Demands for climate-change compensation from oil companies are immoral

The dominant narrative promoted by environmental activist groups—spread by the mainstream media—is that human activity is causing catastrophic climate change through CO2 emissions that...

Pragmatism is impractical—why does it rule in business?

Pragmatism—compromising principles to achieve goals—is prevalent not just among politicians (think of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran). It is also a common hazard...

Resolute stance for human flourishing: Resolute Forest Products sues Greenpeace

The attack on business by environmental NGOs (ENGOs) is relentless. Greenpeace, one of the best known ENGOs, continually targets several corporations, particularly those in...

Kudos to tech companies for opposing Trump’s irrational travel ban

Kudos to tech companies—Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and others—for opposing president Trump’s 90-day ban on travelers to the United States from the seven Muslim-majority...

The moral case against universal basic income

Finland, my native country, has decided to end its experiment with universal basic income. This is good news. At the beginning of last year, 2,000...

How objective moral principles make decisions easier

A new semester, a new business ethics class. Although the students are self-selected—my course is an elective, I motivate them in various ways. For...

Who should you hire—and how to get hired?

At a recent Objectivist conference (OCON), Lars Christensen, a co-founder of the Danish investment bank Saxo Bank, gave a presentation about the influence of...

Pragmatism: A perilous approach to business

If you think that the best approach to business is to be pragmatic, think again. Pragmatism is widely considered a virtue in business, but...

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...

How to be profitable and moral in 2019

The title of this post takes its cue from columnists and bloggers who offer advice for the coming year at this time, although a...

Tips for being a better boss—from philosophy

I get anonymous feedback from students on my business ethics course, most of it  appreciative for getting the tools for being a better manager:...

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,...