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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 →


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 →


Do You Have Ethical Intelligence?

What is Your Ethics IQ? – ANSWERS Last week I posted ethics questions and in today’s post I will explain the answers. Ethics is not an exact science so you may disagree. Still, the explanations below are based on ethical standards of behavior that link to a philosophy or other... Read more →


What is Your Ethics IQ?

What is the Right Thing to Do? I’m trying something new this week and the next. In today’s blog I ask ten questions to gauge your knowledge of right and wrong. I WILL POST THE ANSWERS WITH EXPLANATIONS IN NEXT WEEK’S BLOG. Your Ethics IQ measures your level of ethics... Read more →


Steven Mintz, aka Ethics Sage, Publishes 5th edition of his Accounting Ethics Textbook

Ethical Obligations and Decision Making in Accounting: Text and Cases I'm proud to announce that McGraw-Hill Education has just published the 5th edition of my Accounting Ethics textbook, Ethical Obligations and Decision Making in Accounting: Text and Cases. I'd like to thank two reviewers of the book and the the... Read more →


Have We Regressed into Nietzsche’s “Moral Nihilism”?

Where's the Moral Outrage? The events of last week where at least 50 people were killed and 50 wounded in an attack targeting two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch was despicable. The admissions cheating scandal in the U.S. raises serious questions whether the large group of people... Read more →


Are You Courageous and is it a Good Thing?

What is Moral Courage? Courage. What is it? Is it bravery? Is it the strength of one’s convictions? Is it the same as integrity? Is it an ethical value that we all should aspire to achieve? Ayn Rand said in her classic book The Fountainhead that “Integrity is the ability... Read more →


Free Trade, Immigration, and American Values

Has President Trump gone too far? Has President Donald Trump gone too far with his “America first” program? Is he ignoring the needs of other countries including our historic allies? Has Trump’s actions violated the very values we seek to aspire including fair treatment, empathy and caring and concern for... Read more →


Actions Speak Louder Than Words  

On Being an Ethical Person “Actions speak louder than words.” – It has been reported that this phrase dates back as far as the 1550s, when the French writer Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) said, “Saying is one thing and doing is another.” There are a variety of definitions of actions... Read more →


Ethics is About What You Do When No One is Looking

Should You Keep Extra Money From an ATM? A good philosophy to live by is stated as follows: “Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching." This partial quote from Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), an American author and philosopher, instructs us to act in ways that... Read more →