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I am beginning to wonder a little about that.  (the problem being not the corporadoes but the lack of laws).

way back when, there were no laws against slavery;  did that mean that there was nothing wrong with slavery until there were -- presto! -- laws agin it?  that there was nothing wrong with those who invested in slave trading, carried out slave trading, inflicted all that immeasurable human misery, just because there was not a law on the books?

in other words and in today's case, isn't there something wrong with people who deliberately seek personal profit by activities that they know, that everybody knows, to be threatening to human survival on a planetary scale?  is "desperation" a justification?  desperate for another vacation home, a new Mercedes?  what can "desperation" mean for the CEOs, BODs and high level decision making managers in these corps who already have more than enough money to live on for the rest of several affluent human lifetimes?

admittedly they are trapped in a workplace culture that normalises greed, myopia, and crime.  and workplace culture can be very powerful in dulling conscience and wits.  but still one would hope for a flicker of survival instinct, or even (gasp) a moral qualm or two, to suggest that investing in a horror -- and a futile tragic farce -- like the tar and shale sands extraction is a Very Bad Idea?  a suicide/murder pact whose scale makes money itself, at the end of the day, completely meaningless (what is money worth without the civilisation whose consensus is its value)?

how can they sleep at night?

[hmmmm, well, how can any of us?]

OK, diving back into the engine room with a sense of profound and uneasy irony...

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...

by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Mon Feb 23rd, 2009 at 12:12:24 PM EST
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legal = moral = good

So as long as you're not caught, with no legal recourse, as having done something illegal, you're good. See Berlusconi, Cheney, etc...

And, very importantly, it's the letter of the lw that matters, not the spirit of the law. And monay cna usefully help you navigate the letter of the law againt underfunded public prosecutors...

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Feb 23rd, 2009 at 03:11:11 PM EST
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