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...

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...

Let’s thank producers

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

The principle of justice: Is it ethical to fire employees who are on a...

Recently, I was interviewed for a national TV network’s local evening news on a case of two women who had been fired by their...

How to help workers flourish?

Labor Day celebrates labor unions as the protectors of workers against exploitation by “greedy” capitalists—corporations that allegedly would lock up workers in inhumane conditions...

Moral virtues of business success: Lessons from Madoff

Earlier this year, the infamous pyramid investment king Bernie Madoff was testifying in court, in conjunction with a lawsuit that seeks to get his...

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...

Robbing from the rich in order to give to the poor: immoral and impractical

Last week the mayor of a Spanish town in Andalusia was orchestrating raids to local supermarkets for the purpose of stealing food to feed...

Why business requires moral clarity and courage

Why would a practical endeavor such as business—creating wealth through production and trade of goods and services—require moral clarity and courage, you may ask....

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...

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,...