Let’s thank producers

At best, business is dismissed as amoral. Or at worst, it is accused for being fundamentally immoral. Many people disdain business as the realm...

No more altruism! Rejecting the ethics of self-sacrifice

The first part of this post’s title is a quotation from a student in my business ethics class. She had said that to her...

Capitalism: The pro-human social system

Capitalism is the favorite whipping boy of the leftists (such as the Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders). It gets blamed for...

Virtue of pride: policy of doing your best

  Virtue of pride: policy of doing your best According to conventional morality, pride is a sin. According to Aristotle, it is the crown of all...

Is Google too big and powerful?

In a recent post, Google, Groupthink & the Media, Donna Laframboise writes: “Google is the kind of multinational tech giant that may be too...

The crucial need for rational ethics in business

I recently reviewed student comments on the business ethics course I taught this year. They were overwhelmingly positive, which of course is heart-warming to...

Does pursuit of profit cause war?

I recently visited the new premises of my alma mater, Aalto University Business School, in Espoo, Finland. There I picked up an issue of...

Why is trade not free?

In a recent National Post column, Robert Fulford rightfully lamented the fact that after a quarter century since the United States-Canada Free Trade Agreement...

Corporate welfare is immoral

In its recently released budget, the Canadian government announced $6.4 billion of new corporate welfare spending. The aerospace sector will receive $1.2 billion of...

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...

Free speech, censorship, and Facebook: Why should you care?

My esteem for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has just dropped significantly. In a recent Washington Post op-ed, he implores the government to regulate “harmful”...

Moral = practical

Recently I heard a colleague tell someone: “Everyone—except the naïve idealists—knows that one cannot be 100% moral in business; success in business requires compromising...