Monthly Archives: October 2016

U.S. 7th Circuit to Taxi Owners re Uber: Property ≠ Right to Be Free From Competition

Taxi medallion owners in Chicago and Milwaukee sued their respective cities for letting rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft compete with licensed taxis. Among the most novel of the medallion owners’ arguments was that permitting such competition amounts to a

U.S. 7th Circuit to Taxi Owners re Uber: Property ≠ Right to Be Free From Competition

Taxi medallion owners in Chicago and Milwaukee sued their respective cities for letting rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft compete with licensed taxis. Among the most novel of the medallion owners’ arguments was that permitting such competition amounts to a

Is Bribery Always Bribery?

Is everything that’s even close to bribery unethical in emerging markets where corruption is prevalent? Bribery is illegal everywhere, but does that settle the issue, ethically? In some countries where salaries are deemed inadequate, “grease” payments are a way of

Is Bribery Always Bribery?

Is everything that’s even close to bribery unethical in emerging markets where corruption is prevalent? Bribery is illegal everywhere, but does that settle the issue, ethically? In some countries where salaries are deemed inadequate, “grease” payments are a way of

Bud’s Driverless Beer Run: Utopian or Dystopian Future?

As Budweiser completes a 120-mile beer delivery in a driverless truck, Luddites and techno-utopians share rival visions of the future in the comments beneath the linked article. There are two enduring, competing narratives of automation: a utopian one focusing on

Bud’s Driverless Beer Run: Utopian or Dystopian Future?

As Budweiser completes a 120-mile beer delivery in a driverless truck, Luddites and techno-utopians share rival visions of the future in the comments beneath the linked article. There are two enduring, competing narratives of automation: a utopian one focusing on

Are Non-Compete Clauses Ethical?

Are non-compete clauses ethical? The issue at hand is whether employees own their “own” ideas, such as inventions or innovations, and should feel free to transfer them from one company to another, or if the company owns that intellectually property.

Are Non-Compete Clauses Ethical?

Are non-compete clauses ethical? The issue at hand is whether employees own their “own” ideas, such as inventions or innovations, and should feel free to transfer them from one company to another, or if the company owns that intellectually property.

Ethics of Theft Deterrence: SkunkLock Bicycle Lock

It’s hard to sympathize with bicycle thieves, but should physical harm be among the deterrents to bicycle theft? The SkunkLock is a bicycle lock that emits a vomit-inducing gas when about a third of its girth is cut through. The

Ethics of Theft Deterrence: SkunkLock Bicycle Lock

It’s hard to sympathize with bicycle thieves, but should physical harm be among the deterrents to bicycle theft? The SkunkLock is a bicycle lock that emits a vomit-inducing gas when about a third of its girth is cut through. The

EU Slaps High Tariffs on Chinese Steel: The Ethics of Comparative Advantage

One of the persistent narratives coming out of the recent Brexit referendum is that pro-Brexit Britons are parochial cultural and economic protectionists, whereas the European Union is a model of free trade and cosmopolitan openness. The truth is a lot

EU Slaps High Tariffs on Chinese Steel: The Ethics of Comparative Advantage

One of the persistent narratives coming out of the recent Brexit referendum is that pro-Brexit Britons are parochial cultural and economic protectionists, whereas the European Union is a model of free trade and cosmopolitan openness. The truth is a lot

Higher Wages Work for Workers, but Not So Far for Walmart

Some argue Walmart should pay higher wages as a matter of justice. Others argue Walmart should pay higher wages as a matter of profit: Walmart is missing out on labor productivity gains that will redound to its bottom line, as

Higher Wages Work for Workers, but Not So Far for Walmart

Some argue Walmart should pay higher wages as a matter of justice. Others argue Walmart should pay higher wages as a matter of profit: Walmart is missing out on labor productivity gains that will redound to its bottom line, as