Capitalism does not breed “tyrannical” bosses

Last week I discussed whether we should boycott Amazon, prompted by the recent New York Times article alleging cruel treatment of employees at the...

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...

Can you get something for nothing?

I was recently at a small garden center adjacent to a large chain store, getting supplies for spring gardening. I thought of checking the...

Profit maximization as moral purpose: Channeling Milton Friedman

To many, profit maximization seems cold, heartless, even exploitative. They consider business immoral and the profit-seeking corporate model to be in need of reform....

What is a ‘rational’ climate policy?

I recently attended a talk about rational climate policy in Calgary, the headquarter city of the Canadian oil industry. The presenters where  economics professor...

Another fallacy about capitalism: Coercive monopolies

I recently attended a talk about innovation by a well-known former CEO of a successful Canadian company. His remarks were mostly sensible at first:...

In praise of privatization and private property

A recent Calgary Herald column attacked a think-tank’s proposal to improve the city’s governance through privatization of many municipal services. According to the typical...

Profit motive and private property—keys to preventing forest fire damage

A large forest fire—covering an area of about 160,000 hectares, according to the latest reports—has been ravaging the city of Fort McMurray, the center...

130 environmentalist groups want to end “hegemonic capitalism;” blame it for climate change

Recently, 130 environmentalist groups gathered in an UN-backed event in Venezuela to gather more civilian support to combat climate change, reports the Daily Caller....

Free market should win over government control

After months of deliberation, the Canadian government has finally approved the $15 billion takeover of the Canadian-based oil and gas producer Nexen Inc. by...

“Victims” of capitalism?

When the Canadian government recently announced its plan to build a monument to victims of communism, Elizabeth May, the Green Party leader (and the...

Beware of “sustainable” finance

The goal of “sustainable” finance is to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations ones into investment decisions, as opposed to focusing on financial...