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...

Capitalism, cronyism, and poverty

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

What counts as progress and what makes it possible?

At the end of the year, the media is teeming with reviews of the past 12 months. With their focus on the positive, compilations...

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...

Does fighting climate change give business an advantage?

Business columnist Kevin Carmichael recently argued that carbon offsets gives the international shoe manufacturer and retailer ALDO an advantage in attracting customers. To be...

How business improves lives

I have just returned from the world’s biggest gathering of business school academics who study management and organizations, the annual meeting of the Academy...

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...

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...

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...

Why trying to narrow the income gap is wrong-headed

The “problem” of income inequality is at the top of agenda in many places, most notably in President Obama’s plan for the remainder of...

Peace, love, energy

The Canadian Energy Executives’ Association (CEEA) had its annual business conference recently in Banff, Alberta. The members are mostly oil and gas executives, or...

 A “No Impact Man” is a dead man

University of Calgary, my employer, recently announced that this year it will require all newly-admitted students to read “No Impact Man,” the New York-based...