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The Cancel Culture: Learning from History

Should Schools Change the Names of Their Buildings to Placate the Cancel Culture My blog last Monday addressed the benefits and harms of the cancel culture that seeks to embarrass a person or group for their offensive comments or actions. Today, I look out when it is (or should be)... Read more →


Is Lobbying Against Voter ID laws an Example of CSR?

Should Corporations Spend Their Money in This Way? Is this the way shareholders want their corporations to spend their invested dollars? Is it a socially responsible act to lobby against states, like Georgia, that pass so-called “restrictive” voter laws? Or is it a socially irresponsible act taken by CEOs who... Read more →


Do Dark Triad Personalities Explain Aggressive Accounting?

Looking for the Red Flags of Fraudulent Financial Reporting I recently read an article that describes the results of a study that contends in some company bosses are being placed in a position of power when the company needs “aggressive earnings reports”. In such cases, recruiters are more likely to... Read more →


Two Staffers Make Sexual Harassment Charges Against NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo’s Non-Apology Apology Raises a Red Flag The most astonishing thing about the recent allegations of sexual harassment against NY Governor Andrew Cuomo is that one of the two staffers (Charlotte Bennett) accused him of sexually harassing her just last year. Where has he been since the revelations against Harvey... Read more →


The Entitled Political Class

We Live in a Two-Class System When we think of entitled people, the first thing that comes to mind are millennials, who act like society owes them a living or something else. They feel entitled to high grades in college, a good job, promotion, and other benefits of life. In... Read more →


Cheesecake Factory Sanctioned by the SEC over its Disclosures About Covid-19

Accounting and Ethics Guidance Overview In the first enforcement action of its kind, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says The Cheesecake Factory falsely claimed its restaurants were "operating sustainably" during the pandemic and it failed to disclose the whole truth about the impact on its business. According to the... Read more →


What Should be the Goals of Ethics Education?

Does Teaching Ethics Do Any Good? Does teaching ethics work? If teaching ethics does no good, then why are we doing it? The answer may lie in knowing what are (or should be) the goals of teaching ethics. First, let’s discuss what ethics education is not and should not be... Read more →


What Happened to Theranos?

The Big Hustle Theranos was a privately held health corporation that was touted as a breakthrough technology company. It claimed to having devised blood tests that required only exceedingly small amounts of blood and could be performed very rapidly using small automated devices the company had developed. However, the claims... Read more →


The Ethics of Using AI to Predict the Spread of the Coronavirus

Data Analytics Provides the Answer to Slowing the Spread and Treatment Artificial intelligence (AI) systems can gather huge amounts of data, analyze it, and make predictions. AI is an indispensable tool for data analysis and treatment during the coronavirus. Given its potential widespread use in health-care-decision-making, AI raises ethical concerns... Read more →


Financing Small Businesses During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Unintended Consequences of the PPP Program? The government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has unintended consequences. Namely, the amount of money a furloughed or unemployed worker receives from unemployment funds can be greater than the regular salary received had that individual returned to work. The main reason is the $600 boost... Read more →