“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