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...

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...

Will income inequality kill you?

The answer to the title question is of course ‘no.’ However, some public health crusaders make such an assertion. A recent study claims that...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Wealth creation is good for the planet

From a leftist perspective, wealth creation undermines people’s happiness (just check the United Nations’ Happiness Report)—and damages the environment through industrial development, pollution, and...

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...

Capitalism, cronyism, and poverty

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

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...

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’...