Capitalism: A Dirty Word For College Students

Capitalism: A Dirty Word For College Students

I just finished teaching another business ethics course. As often in my many years of teaching, students were surprised to learn about the moral code of rational egoism, which was unknown to them before. Many embraced it enthusiastically and commented: “We are all...
How To Be Profitable and Moral In 2019

How To Be Profitable and Moral In 2019

The title of this post takes its cue from columnists and bloggers who offer advice for the coming year at this time, although a little tongue-in-cheek.  Many columns and blogs review the past year and make suggestions for making changes for the better in the next. I...
Christmas is About Enjoying Values Not Sacrificing Them

Christmas is About Enjoying Values Not Sacrificing Them

Millions of people have just celebrated Christmas, by decorating their homes, setting up Christmas trees and lights, getting together with their families, exchanging gifts with each other, eating special foods and baking, and enjoying activities from watching movies...
In Praise of Supermarkets (and Capitalism)

In Praise of Supermarkets (and Capitalism)

“Every time we step through its doors we enter into a battle with our enemy, the supermarket corporation, whose motives are totally opposed to our own. While we hope to do our shopping quickly and efficiently, buying just [what is on our list], the supermarket owners...
No Need To Apologize for “White Advertising”

No Need To Apologize for “White Advertising”

Instead of pandering to the irrational ideas of identity politics and advertising as coercion , self-interest and facts should be MEC’s–and every company’s–only guide to action. The CEO of my favorite outfitter, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), recently posted an open...
The Importance of Business Ethics

The Importance of Business Ethics

A new semester, and a new class of business ethics, has begun. In my class, we initially discuss concrete examples of ethical dilemmas in business before delving into the main moral codes and the values and principles they comprise, to learn how they provide guidance...
Business Requires Moral Clarity

Business Requires Moral Clarity

Why would a practical endeavor such as business—creating wealth through production and trade of goods and services—require moral clarity and courage, you may ask. I argue that moral clarity and courage are necessary for business to achieve sustained long-term...

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