Monthly Archives: November 2015

Don’t Blame Capitalism

The commentary linked below takes issue with notorious anti-capitalist writer Naomi Klein. The author suggests, among other things, that blaming capitalism probably both a) mistakes what capitalism is, and b) helps us forget our own roles in the bad outcomes

Don’t Blame Capitalism

The commentary linked below takes issue with notorious anti-capitalist writer Naomi Klein. The author suggests, among other things, that blaming capitalism probably both a) mistakes what capitalism is, and b) helps us forget our own roles in the bad outcomes

Amazon Should Sell Killer’s Book

Amazon is under fire for selling an ebook that was apparently written by convicted Canadian killer and rapist Paul Bernardo. Some commentators are mentioning free speech in this context, but that’s a red herring. Amazon would be within its rights

Amazon Should Sell Killer’s Book

Amazon is under fire for selling an ebook that was apparently written by convicted Canadian killer and rapist Paul Bernardo. Some commentators are mentioning free speech in this context, but that’s a red herring. Amazon would be within its rights

Walmart and Public Assistance

Why doesn’t the headline below read “Walmart Saves Public Assistance Programs Billions By Giving Receipients Jobs”? There’s something slightly bizarre about setting up public assistance programs to help people who don’t make enough money, and then criticizing employers for the

Walmart and Public Assistance

Why doesn’t the headline below read “Walmart Saves Public Assistance Programs Billions By Giving Receipients Jobs”? There’s something slightly bizarre about setting up public assistance programs to help people who don’t make enough money, and then criticizing employers for the

If sugar pills are outlawed, only outlaws will have sugar pills

The UK’s National Health service is considering banning Homeopathy (though it’s not clear whether “ban” in this context means “forbid entirely” or just “refuse to pay for”. For those who don’t know this, here’s the deal: there’s absolutely no good

If sugar pills are outlawed, only outlaws will have sugar pills

The UK’s National Health service is considering banning Homeopathy (though it’s not clear whether “ban” in this context means “forbid entirely” or just “refuse to pay for”. For those who don’t know this, here’s the deal: there’s absolutely no good

Review of Morality, Competition, and the Firm

Here’s a useful review of Joseph Heath’s terrific book, Morality, Competition, and the Firm. The review is spot-on, and — importantly — provides a wonderfully lucid explanation of the basics of Heath’s “market failures” view, a view that constitutes an

Review of Morality, Competition, and the Firm

Here’s a useful review of Joseph Heath’s terrific book, Morality, Competition, and the Firm. The review is spot-on, and — importantly — provides a wonderfully lucid explanation of the basics of Heath’s “market failures” view, a view that constitutes an

Workers Rights and Interests in the Sharing Economy

What does the future of work hold for the rights and interests of workers? The piece below looks at the benefits of the “on-demand” or “sharing” economy for those who work in it. The key question: of the various rights

Workers Rights and Interests in the Sharing Economy

What does the future of work hold for the rights and interests of workers? The piece below looks at the benefits of the “on-demand” or “sharing” economy for those who work in it. The key question: of the various rights

Detroit Businesses: Stepping Up to Fix Rape Kit Backlog

This is a story about a business community stepping up to help fix a shortcoming at a public agency. Plenty of fodder for discussion, here. Is this action an example of “CSR” (corporate social responsibility)? If so, in which sense?

Detroit Businesses: Stepping Up to Fix Rape Kit Backlog

This is a story about a business community stepping up to help fix a shortcoming at a public agency. Plenty of fodder for discussion, here. Is this action an example of “CSR” (corporate social responsibility)? If so, in which sense?