Another corporate hero: Exxon Mobil fights back for free speech

Many oil companies succumb to the pressure from environmental activists and the media and join the fight against ‘climate change,’ or at least make...

Brexit: good for business—if liberty prevails

Many media commentators on the British referendum outcome to leave the European Union have zeroed in on the Brits’ frustration with the increasing intrusion...

Virtuous egoism

You have heard this before: you are either good, or you are selfish. For the majority of people, virtuous egoism is an oxymoron: they...

Why business should care about free speech

I am reading a freshly published book, Defending Free Speech, a collection of essays edited by Steve Simpson and published by the Ayn Rand...

Corporate Social Responsibility–why we should drop the concept

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a concept that has permeated the language of business as a taken-for-granted, feel-good synonym for ‘ethical.’ Despite the term’s...

Why be moral? Your life depends on it

To say that many people are confused about morality is an understatement. Yet, our lives depend on getting morality right. As an example of...

The secret to long-term profitability: Moral principles

As every business owner knows, starting and operating a business successfully requires continual decision making: What type of business to choose and why? Where...

Volkswagen’s cheating was not selfish

Media coverage of Volkswagen’s astounding emissions-rigging scandal continues, for a good reason: the company’s (the executive’s who authorized the cheating and of all those...

Business under an attack: Lessons from Resolute Forest Products

The Montreal-based pulp and paper company Resolute Forest Products has been harassed by the American radical environmental group ForestEthics for years. The ENGO (environmental...

“But I don’t want to be moral!”

Upon receiving a copy of my book, How to Be Profitable and Moral, one CEO said: “I don’t want to be moral!” He was...

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...

What selfishness requires: lessons from Volkswagen

To say that there is a lot of confusion about selfishness is an understatement. Last week I wrote about Volkswagen’s emissions rigging and argued...