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Is it Time to Cancel the Cancel Culture?

Online Shaming: Good or Bad? A great deal has been said and written about the existence of a “cancel culture.” The cancel culture is mainly an Internet phenomenon where those offended by the comments of another party become denounced online by those who object to the behavior. It’s a cultural... Read more →


Is President Trump’s Discourse the Cause of our Uncivil Society?

Whatever Happened to Moral Virtue? Only President Trump’s most ardent supporters would deny that his way of conversing and twitter postings has created an aura of incivility that has spilled over to virtually all aspects of society. He tends to be disrespectful of others especially those that disagree with him.... Read more →


The Philosophy of George Carlin

A Philosophy for Life George Carlin was an inventive stand up comedian and social critic of the late twentieth century. If you grew up laughing at his humor like me, you may not be aware that he had a philosophic viewpoint about life that resonated with many people. Today's blog... Read more →


Should College Athletes Be Able to Market Themselves and Earn Money From Endorsements?

Did California Do the Right Thing? California is leading the nation in allowing student-athletes to promote products and companies, trading on their sports fame for the first time. On September 30, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill (SB 206) that will take effect in 2023 to allow players to strike... Read more →


How We Can Create a More Civil Society

Ethics and Civility Go Hand in Hand I was recently interviewed by both Authority and Thrive magazines about my views on ethics and social media. There is no doubt that social networking opens the door to improper behavior for a variety of reasons not the least of which is the... Read more →


Revisiting NSA's Metadata Collection Program and Edward Snowden

Were His Disclosures in the Public Interest? Reports that the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in light of the publication of his book, Permanent Record, which is about his experiences at the NSA, raises the question once again whether he did the right... Read more →


Cyberbullying and Emotional Distress

Why Youngsters Are Vulnerable I have blogged many times before on the dangers of cyberbullying in general, attacks that directed towards youngsters, and cyberbullying in the workplace. The common element in each case is the use of social media to inflict pain on others through directed postings or anonymous posts.... Read more →


Ways to Become Happier in Life

Doing Good By Being Good Brings Happiness and Meaning to Life I recently read about the Ten Keys to Happier Living published by the Action for Happiness team. In case you’re not familiar with the organization, Action for Happiness is dedicated to making people’s lives happier through writings on the... Read more →


Accounting in the Public Interest

An Historical Perspective on Professional Ethics MAX BLOCK DISTINGUISHED ARTICLE AWARD: The CPA Journal--March 2018 Issue In Brief The commitment to serve the public interest in accounting has eroded, as personal and business relationships with clients and client management increasingly create conflicts of interest. Many such relationships have created barriers... Read more →


What Should We Do About Student Debt?

Fairness, Personal Responsibility and Moral Hazard Issues This blog was first posted on my Ethics Sage website. I’ve made a few improvements since then. Should student debt be forgiven? If so, how much should be wiped clean? This is a big issue for Democratic Presidential candidates and the country. Bernie... Read more →