Revisiting Ayn Rand’s Philosophy

Rational Egoism Underlies College Students’ Beliefs Rational egoism is a particular brand of ethical egoism that claims the promotion of one’s own interest is always in accordance with reason. Rational egoism, also called rational selfishness, is the principle that an action is rational if and only if it maximizes one’s... Read more →


Refuting Caplan’s Thesis that College Education is a Waste of Time and Money

Why You Should Get a College Education George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan has created a firestorm by claiming a college education is a waste of time and money, and he suggests that ‘traditionalist’ education that prepares students for prestigious careers (i.e., author, historian, political scientist, physicist and mathematician) is... Read more →


KPMG Compromises Integrity by “Stealing” PCAOB Inspection Information

KPMG-PCAOB Scandal Raises Questions About Oversight of the Accounting Profession In an unprecedented event, on January 22, 2018 it was announced that a former Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) staffer, Brian Sweet, who was hired by KPMG in 2015, leaked confidential information about PCAOB's plans to audit the company.... Read more →


'Pay to Play' Donations for College Sporting Events Are Unethical

Tax Reform Act Tackles a Thorny Ethical Issue In case you are not aware, the recently passed tax reform bill is likely to have a huge effect on funding college sports including the elimination of a tax break that benefits major athletic programs. Currently, donations made to certain booster clubs... Read more →


Charting a Course for Ethics in Society

It's Time for a National Dialogue About Ethics Do we, as a society, care about ethics anymore? My answer is a qualified ‘no.’ Ethics has been relegated to the back of the bus and is considered today only after a wrongdoing occurs, not before as is required to have an... Read more →


What Are Corporate Social Responsibilities?

Good Business Requires Attention to CSR and Ethics It’s clear that business has a social responsibility to obey the law. Relationships with employees, customers, suppliers, creditors, etc. create contractual obligations. Legal obligations also exist to avoid negligence, fraud, and other liabilities under tort law. Economists point out that business has... Read more →


Racially Charged Language Inhibits Inclusive Cultures

We Need to Pay Attention to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Leaving home for the first time and going off to college is an exciting and stressful time for tens of thousands of students across the U.S. each year. Leaving the familiarity of family, friends and community behind and entering an... Read more →


How to Be a Better Person in 2018

The Keys to Doing Good by Being Good You’re probably familiar with the expression: It’s not what you say – it’s how you say it. Communication is about content and delivery. Let’s take assertiveness, a behavioral characteristic that means to be forthright, positive, and insistence on the recognition of one’s... Read more →


How to Build a Workplace That Celebrates Differences

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Part II My Workplace Ethics Advice blog this past Monday addressed the issue of sexual harassment at Uber. The harassment case lodged by former engineer, Susan Fowler, was indicative of a workplace that gives lip service to the issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. In this... Read more →


Eminent Domain and Google’s Proposed Campus in San Jose

Applying the Takings Clause of the U.S. Constitution The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: “No person shall be deprived…of property without due process of law.” The Amendment includes a provision known as the “Takings Clause,” which states that private property [shall not] be taken for public use, without... Read more →