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San Francisco’s “Overpaid Executive Tax”: Pay Justice or Revenue Enhancement?

Proposition I, passed by San Francisco voters in the just-concluded election, is billed as a measure to combat pay inequity, at least between top executives and workers. Leaving aside whether Prop I’s 0.1% per hundredfold pay differential surcharge on annual

San Francisco’s “Overpaid Executive Tax”: Pay Justice or Revenue Enhancement?

Proposition I, passed by San Francisco voters in the just-concluded election, is billed as a measure to combat pay inequity, at least between top executives and workers. Leaving aside whether Prop I’s 0.1% per hundredfold pay differential surcharge on annual

Motojournalism: Conflicted by Changes in the Publishing and Motorcycle Industries

Journalism encounters conflicts of interest when journalists must cover and report on companies that advertise on the websites and in the pages of the publications where reporting appears. As advertising revenue dries up in the publishing industry, do the conflicts

Motojournalism: Conflicted by Changes in the Publishing and Motorcycle Industries

Journalism encounters conflicts of interest when journalists must cover and report on companies that advertise on the websites and in the pages of the publications where reporting appears. As advertising revenue dries up in the publishing industry, do the conflicts

Can Monkeys Be Employees? Under What Conditions?

Is it wrong to give a monkey a job? Is it more wrong than, say, giving a job to a dog, or a horse, or any of the other animals we routinely give jobs to? Of course, most people would

Can Monkeys Be Employees? Under What Conditions?

Is it wrong to give a monkey a job? Is it more wrong than, say, giving a job to a dog, or a horse, or any of the other animals we routinely give jobs to? Of course, most people would

More Than a Credit Score: Is Creepy Surveillance Closer Than You Think?

We generally think that credit scoring is benign, but something like China’s Social Credit system is at best creepy—and at worst a totalitarian nightmare. But what if credit reporting agencies and other, similar companies are gathering data on you and

More Than a Credit Score: Is Creepy Surveillance Closer Than You Think?

We generally think that credit scoring is benign, but something like China’s Social Credit system is at best creepy—and at worst a totalitarian nightmare. But what if credit reporting agencies and other, similar companies are gathering data on you and

Innovation in Financial Advising: Where Does Ethics Come In?

Finance raises a handful of familiar ethical questions: When is disclosure required, of what, and to whom? When is a financial professional acting in a fiduciary capacity, what duties attach to that capacity, and to whom are those duties owed?

Innovation in Financial Advising: Where Does Ethics Come In?

Finance raises a handful of familiar ethical questions: When is disclosure required, of what, and to whom? When is a financial professional acting in a fiduciary capacity, what duties attach to that capacity, and to whom are those duties owed?

Black Reparations Pricing: Woke Justice or Price Discrimination at Rivendell?

Is a 45% discount offered to Black customers a form of reparations to those customers? Is it instead a form of price discrimination (whether just or unjust)? Is it just clever-because-timely marketing? Founded by bicycle industry legend and maverick Grant Petersen in 1994, Rivendell Bicycle Works has always

Black Reparations Pricing: Woke Justice or Price Discrimination at Rivendell?

Is a 45% discount offered to Black customers a form of reparations to those customers? Is it instead a form of price discrimination (whether just or unjust)? Is it just clever-because-timely marketing? Founded by bicycle industry legend and maverick Grant Petersen in 1994, Rivendell Bicycle Works has always

Should Vaccine Companies Be Nationalistic?

Should companies developing Covid-19 vaccines be nationalistic? Nationalism — roughly, showing devotion to your own nation — is a funny thing, ethically. On one had, it’s a standard ethical principle that “all people matter equally.” But in practice few people

Should Vaccine Companies Be Nationalistic?

Should companies developing Covid-19 vaccines be nationalistic? Nationalism — roughly, showing devotion to your own nation — is a funny thing, ethically. On one had, it’s a standard ethical principle that “all people matter equally.” But in practice few people

Covid-19 Rate at Amazon

Some stories are only stories because of the brand name attached to them. This is likely one of them. Amazon is large, so it has a large number of employees who have tested positive for Covid-19. Compare: why are there

Covid-19 Rate at Amazon

Some stories are only stories because of the brand name attached to them. This is likely one of them. Amazon is large, so it has a large number of employees who have tested positive for Covid-19. Compare: why are there

Are Boycotts Violence?

The blog entry linked below (by BEH co-editor Chris MacDonald) asks just what it is that separates supposedly non-violent boycotts from violent attempts to get your own way. The intent is often similar. The impact is often similar. So why

Are Boycotts Violence?

The blog entry linked below (by BEH co-editor Chris MacDonald) asks just what it is that separates supposedly non-violent boycotts from violent attempts to get your own way. The intent is often similar. The impact is often similar. So why

Ethical Issues in NBA Finishing Season at Disney World

The item linked below is about the NBA’s decision to finish its season at Disney World — which is in Florida, which is currently one of the worst jurisdictions in terms of Covid-19. Key ethical issues to look at include:

Ethical Issues in NBA Finishing Season at Disney World

The item linked below is about the NBA’s decision to finish its season at Disney World — which is in Florida, which is currently one of the worst jurisdictions in terms of Covid-19. Key ethical issues to look at include: