Why business (and the rest of us) needs limited government

Many people take government involvement in the economy for granted. They agree that government should determine, among other things: who companies should hire (equal...

“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...

Government, business, and human flourishing

In a recent conversation about the U.S. presidential election, a well-educated, high-earning professional told me that he had been rooting for Bernie Sanders for...

Free speech, censorship, and Facebook: Why should you care?

My esteem for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has just dropped significantly. In a recent Washington Post op-ed, he implores the government to regulate “harmful”...

Why Amazon should choose the United States over Canada

Amazon has released the eagerly awaited shortlist of 20 cities for its second headquarters. Only one contender of the several Canadian cities—Toronto—remains. And when...

The oil and gas unemployment crisis and how to fix it

According to estimates, there are 100,000 unemployed oil and gas workers in Alberta, most of them highly trained professionals in my home town Calgary....

Value of competition

The markets are not free in most of the world which means that competition is curtailed. In Canada, the federal government has targeted some...

Who do you trust more: business or government?

An undergraduate business student recently told me: “People of my generation trust government more than they trust business, particularly large corporations.” While I wasn’t...

Business leaders’ appeasement on climate change: What can they do?

President Trump withdrew the United States from the 2015 Paris climate accord, receiving prompt condemnation from environmentalists, media, heads of other governments—and business leaders....

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...

Government “free” trade deals don’t promote freedom

So called “free” trade deals between governments are immoral—because they destroy companies’ freedom to trade freely with whomever they see fit. As Lawrence Solomon...

Government meddling with markets is costly: Why competition is good and regulation bad

When I travel in Finland (my native country), comparisons of Finland and Canada often come up in conversations. On the first glance, one would...