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...

Eating quinoa: Capitalist exploitation?

The newly rediscovered, nutritious “miracle grain” quinoa, eaten increasingly by health-conscious consumers in the developed countries, is making the rich richer and the poor...

The Pope is wrong: Employment is not exploitation

Recently, during a mass at the Vatican, Pope Francis condemned wealthy employers for paying their workers low wages and accused them of “exploitation”. (Thank...

Capitalism, cronyism, and poverty

In a recent Vancouver Province column “Capitalism has a role in fighting poverty,” Mark Milke takes Pope Francis to task,...

Mark Zuckerberg wants to make the world a better place: Productiveness vs. charity?

Facebook CEO and recent parent Mark Zuckerberg has written a letter to his newborn daughter—cum a political manifesto—in which he makes the ‘Billionaires’ Pledge’...

Bono versus Bill Gates: A capitalist or a statist route to end poverty?

“Aid is just a stop-gap. Commerce—entrepreneurial capitalism—takes more people out of poverty than aid.” You might be surprised that this statement was made by...

Do capitalism and egoism cause buildings to collapse and crush workers?

Almost 400 garment workers were crushed to death when shoddily built factory building collapsed in Bangladesh last week. Tragedies like this lead to a...

Focus on progress: We live in the best of times

While often criticizing government for curtailing our freedom instead of protecting it and businesspeople (or others) for failing to act ethically, I want to...

Will income inequality kill you?

The answer to the title question is ‘no,’ of course. However, some public health crusaders, carrying the torch of the Occupy movement, make such...

Why Donald Trump is wrong about free trade

The American people have now voted Donald Trump for their president-elect on a promise that he will make America prosperous—by restricting trade and making...

How to end poverty

In a recent column  Andrew Coyne reported on a newly released statistic: Canada’s poverty rate had almost halved in 15 years since 1996, suggesting...

What does it take to “make America great again”?

In his inauguration speech, President Trump promised, as expected, to “make America great again”—but he was short on the principles and details as to...