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Taxes and Liberty

In view of all the brouhaha over Donald J. Trump’s taxes, and his claim that he is “smart” if he had not paid any, think about this. It comes from Adam Smith’s An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776), Book V, Chapter II, Part II, p. 927.

“Every […]

Five Likely to Survive

On December 12, 2012, Care2 published a short piece which they titled “Species Most Likely to Survive a Climate Change Disaster.” In their republishing of it they wrote, “This post is a Care2 favorite, back by popular demand!”  You can read the post here, or read my summary, below.

First, the basic tenet of evolutionary theory, the survival […]

My First Overtly Political Post

Although there is something political in every discussion of social economics, social enterprise, and environmental sustainability, I generally avoid overtly political posts.  But I can’t help but repost Bill Moyers’ June 16th post entitled “Trump, His Virus and the Dark Ago of Unreason.”


The semblance in the opening photograph is not between McCarthy and […]

Water Wars

As is usually the case, Donald Trump is in the news. He just told Californians that there is no draught; there is plenty of water. You can read and read about Trump’s comment, if you haven’t already, on Breitbart News (a conservative view) or on ThinkProgress (a progressive view) here, on the ABC news (mainstream view) here, or […]

My Hope for the Pope, Page 2: Francis Encounters Bartholomew

Monday, 1 September 2015

When the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was elected the new pope of the Catholic Church I wrote a short blog entitled “My Hope for the Pope”.  My hope rested on his selection of Francis, after St. Francis of Assisi, as his papal name.  I drew on Lynn White’s […]

A recent conversation with colleagues

I was recently talking with colleagues, professors in the Quinlan School of Business. A conversation developed between two of them. I’ll just call them Professor A and Professor B.

Professor A was telling us about how some faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, and in particular, faculty having to do with ecology or environmental […]

Millennials are going to change the world through environmental sustainability

Making Responsible Decisions:
Millennials Are Going to Change the World —
through Environmental Sustainability.

This headline shows up on page 69 of the 11th edition of Marketing by Kerin, Hartley and Rudelius, the text we use in MARK 201.  It is repeated on page 71 of the 12th edition of the text.

This is another example of the nonsense […]

Edelman’s Trust Barometer for 2015

Edelman, the public relations firm, produces an annual Trust Barometer. The 2015 Edelman Trust Barometer is the 15th in the series. For this one they surveyed 33,000 people (27,000 general public and 6,000 informed public) in 27 countries. The issue is trust – the public’s trust in the institutions of government, media, business, and NGOs. […]

Teaching Controversial Issues

We recently had a curriculum meeting at which two issues came up that I thought I’d share with whoever reads this blog. One had to do with handling sensitive or controversial issues in our classes. The other had to do with a sustainability topic. They are related so I will treat them both. My treatment […]

How would you teach marketing?

Arthur C. Brooks is the president of the American Enterprise Institute and a contributing opinion writer at the New York Times. On July 20th (yes, this year) he wrote an Op-Ed in the NYT. You can read it here.

Brooks begins with a story about ABD AL-RAHMAN III, an emir and caliph of Córdoba in 10th-century […]

About this blog

Solving the world's sustainability problems depends on how well businesses and consumers understand the implications of their products and practices, as well as how business leaders adopt strategies that allow for sustainability and profit to coexist. It also takes a real shift in thinking and one's mind set. This blog will introduce and encourage a conversation, among students in the Quinlan School of Business, and elsewhere in the university and the world, about the issues involved in sustainable business practices, and sustainable consumption choices. I will occasionally entertain guest blogs from undergraduate or graduate students or alums. If, at some point, you want to guest blog, contact me.