Business ethics and morality gone awry


“The more moral the people are in their business dealings, the less paperwork you need, the more handshakes you can have, the more the wheels of capitalism work better because there’s trust in the marketplace. Business ethics is not a joke. Rick Santorum

E P I T A P H   F O R   T H E   W E A L T H Y ?

Gone are the days when business ethics ruled the corporate roost; when product safety topped the list of R & D concerns and when business leaders did not seek presidential office.

These talented and successful individuals were content to rule their private bailiwicks of business and left the world of political wheeling and dealing to the more politically astute and their cadres of experienced and dedicated apparatchiks.

If you are old enough to remember James Caan as a box office success then the movie that will not really surprise you is “Rollerball”. In this movie he portrayed Jonathan E. a rollerball champ in this fast-hitting, action packed glimpse of a future where a brutal, no-holds-barred sport takes the place of war, and murder is just part of the game. The corporate world was in charge. Wars and crime had been eliminated. 

As we move into the new president’s term of office “The World According to Trump” might provide the fodder for a novel based on three premises: (1) Make money and not war; (2) let’s appease the masses and lessen their discontent; and (3) let’s ensure the populace feels safe and secure no matter what it costs.

I really don’t want to sound like an alarmist but does successful business acumen and no political savvy help a newly appointed leader develop effective policies for his supporters?

The Ray Stevens song offered a brief but dark glimpse into the dreary reality of the dedicated businessman at that time.

Do the lyrics of that song prove true today?

As we gingerly step into the new year let’s not forget that at times there might be a proper place for everything and that everything has its own place in reality. –  gc

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Quote of the week: Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people. --- Dennis Prager

7 Comments on Business ethics and morality gone awry

  1. He ‘knows things’ we don’t know, Gerry. Speaking of which, I thought he was supposed to tell us either yesterday or today. I guess his tweeter is not working…..

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    • Good point Lois. He uses his tweeter when he wants to announce things and his woofer when he wants to critique other things. Truly, a techno man in the know. Thanks for writing. 🙂

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  2. Gerry, I’ve had THAT EXACT movie on my mind for months! If I recall correctly, it showed corporate teams in death battles fought not by the execs, of course, but by their hired players. Much like life, no?

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    • Exactly my take on the movie Linda. Corporations run reality and these “athletes” vie for global recognition and dominance. In this futuristic society war is a cost on the balance sheet and profit becomes the new deity. As in Roman times the crowds need appeasement and the gladiators of that era are similar to the James Caan character here , Jonathan E.

      Unfortunately the head of the corporation tells his coach that Jonathan ” has lived too long on the circuit…” and that “there was never meant to be a champion to the games.” He is expendable. The words product expiration date and expendability come to mind. The green eyed monster of greed rears its ugly head.

      The Vulcan saying of “live long and prosper” in this brave new world becomes “live not too long and make us profitable”

      If Mr Trump can temper his need for greed and use the funding to help his constituents then he is a truly wise man. The catch word here is “if”.


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