Monthly Archives: August 2015

Operation Choke Point: Anti-Fraud or Merely Anti-Small Business?

If you’re not politically connected, you don’t get to play. Ostensibly designed to thwart fraudulent businesses, Operation Choke Point increasingly closes down small, non-politivcally-connected businesses. >>> LINK: Operation Choke Point: The Government’s Covert War on Small Business (by Zach Weissmueller

Operation Choke Point: Anti-Fraud or Merely Anti-Small Business?

If you’re not politically connected, you don’t get to play. Ostensibly designed to thwart fraudulent businesses, Operation Choke Point increasingly closes down small, non-politivcally-connected businesses. >>> LINK: Operation Choke Point: The Government’s Covert War on Small Business (by Zach Weissmueller

Ethical Leadership and Star Trek’s Captain Kirk

Devoted Trekkies (and many others) will recall the bit from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in which we learned that James T. Kirk had, as a young cadet many years before, had reprogrammed a battle simulation computer to

Ethical Leadership and Star Trek’s Captain Kirk

Devoted Trekkies (and many others) will recall the bit from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in which we learned that James T. Kirk had, as a young cadet many years before, had reprogrammed a battle simulation computer to

Video: Ethical Leadership Unwrapped

The short video linked below (11 minutes long) is part of a series called “Ethics Unwrapped,” produced by the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. >>> LINK: Ethical Leadership, Part 1: Perilous at the Top

Video: Ethical Leadership Unwrapped

The short video linked below (11 minutes long) is part of a series called “Ethics Unwrapped,” produced by the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. >>> LINK: Ethical Leadership, Part 1: Perilous at the Top

Ethics of Business Bashing? (WaPo op-ed)

Is profit a measure of how much value one has created for society or how much value one has extracted from it? This question, perhaps more than any other, informs our collective ambivalence about commerce. Here, University of Maryland entrepreneurship

Ethics of Business Bashing? (WaPo op-ed)

Is profit a measure of how much value one has created for society or how much value one has extracted from it? This question, perhaps more than any other, informs our collective ambivalence about commerce. Here, University of Maryland entrepreneurship

Is YOUR Marijuana Ethically Sourced?

If you enjoy weed, do you make sure that your weed is ethically sourced? The commentary linked below points to the hypocrisy of worrying endlessly about whether your arugula is locally grown and organic, while smoking a joint made from

Is YOUR Marijuana Ethically Sourced?

If you enjoy weed, do you make sure that your weed is ethically sourced? The commentary linked below points to the hypocrisy of worrying endlessly about whether your arugula is locally grown and organic, while smoking a joint made from

BEH: Guides for Instructors and Students

Business Ethics Highlights is pretty new, but already we’ve had an enthusiastic response from people who teach courses in business ethics, social responsibility, and related fields. They’ve immediately seen how useful it is, from an educational point of view, to

BEH: Guides for Instructors and Students

Business Ethics Highlights is pretty new, but already we’ve had an enthusiastic response from people who teach courses in business ethics, social responsibility, and related fields. They’ve immediately seen how useful it is, from an educational point of view, to

Can Technology Make Financial Services More ‘Fair’?

The piece linked below claims that traditional financial services companies have been unfair to consumers, and that a new breed of tech-enabled companies are here to remedy that. But the claim of unfairness isn’t well supported here. These new companies

Can Technology Make Financial Services More ‘Fair’?

The piece linked below claims that traditional financial services companies have been unfair to consumers, and that a new breed of tech-enabled companies are here to remedy that. But the claim of unfairness isn’t well supported here. These new companies

Capitalism and Poverty

Capitalism is a bit like science, or democracy. Potent, but imperfect as usually practiced. As Winston Churchill said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” He

Capitalism and Poverty

Capitalism is a bit like science, or democracy. Potent, but imperfect as usually practiced. As Winston Churchill said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” He

Ethics of Pricing: Wisconsin vs Meijer’s Low Prices

Some people are never satisfied. Raise your prices and you’re a price gouger. Price the same as your competitors, you’re in collusion. Price lower than your competitors, you’re in violation of Wisconsin’s consumer-unfriendly Unfair Sales Act. >>> LINK: Meijer investigated

Ethics of Pricing: Wisconsin vs Meijer’s Low Prices

Some people are never satisfied. Raise your prices and you’re a price gouger. Price the same as your competitors, you’re in collusion. Price lower than your competitors, you’re in violation of Wisconsin’s consumer-unfriendly Unfair Sales Act. >>> LINK: Meijer investigated

Fake Organic Labels Fool Tastebuds

Some people prefer organic food for moral reasons. Some of them also say organic food tastes better. They’re wrong — or at least they’re not experiencing what they think they are. Does this make it wrong for companies selling organic

Fake Organic Labels Fool Tastebuds

Some people prefer organic food for moral reasons. Some of them also say organic food tastes better. They’re wrong — or at least they’re not experiencing what they think they are. Does this make it wrong for companies selling organic