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...

In praise of privatization and private property

In a recent column in Calgary Herald, Naomi Lakritz attacked a think-tank’s proposal for improving the city’s governance through privatization of...

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:...

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...

Morality of capitalism

I have written about the aversion to capitalism (including among business students) before. Given all the evidence about the benefits of free markets—such as...

Anti-development is anti-life

Canada’s Financial Post (FP) is running a week-long series entitled “Arrested Development” which investigates how “Canada has turned into a can’t-do nation as surging...

“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...

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...

Time to dismiss the nanny: How an over-zealous government hurts us

Time to dismiss the nanny: How an over-zealous government hurts us The Canadian government makes an excellent example of an over-zealous nanny that perceives itself...

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...

“Inclusive capitalism” is not capitalism

Returning from a trip to Europe (the excuse for no posts recently), I read a column in the Wall Street Journal’s Europe edition by...