Can We Afford to Let Left-Wing Activists Ignore Their Social Responsibilities?

Greenpeace activists demonstrate outisde of France’s state-owned electricity company EDF’s headquarters in Paris in 2017. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)
Social-justice crusaders deserve to be held to the same moral standards that they apply to corporations.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he New York Times has observed the 50th anniversary of Milton Friedman’s famous article “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits” with an online symposium of contributions from 22 experts, including think-tank scholars and economists who, like Friedman himself, are Nobel Prize winners. The vast majority of the commentary is, few will be surprised to hear, neither approving nor generously offered.

Friedman’s argument that corporations should dedicate themselves to their business rather than social activism was, and remains, controversial to people who are uninterested in business but fancy themselves social-justice activists. It only makes sense to such activists

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