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  •  It is the public's obligation to democratically (1+ / 0-)
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    Lefty Coaster

    ...govern in the interests of the common good - not corporations. This is the value based difference I have with your case here. Apple in the US should operate within the US legal framework for labor, environmental, and financial regulations. Apple is a business and has neither the the authority nor the expertise to meet an obligation beyond their products other than what we as a public legislates.

    The US can easily,  morally, coherently and consistent with US Constitution legislate that no products made with slave labor or that injure the environment or our civil defense can be sold in the US.

    So this is a value-based conclusion with which I disagree and think results in an unnecessary devolution of power to engage.

    Apple does have an obligation to solve America’s problems. Everyone who lives in this country has that obligation. And corporations have that obligation too. If they don’t want to help make things better, then they shouldn’t exist.
    Apple is not a person, it's not a "they". Apple is an "it" and so has no such natural obligations. No, Apple just makes Apple products and follows US law. Then your basic thesis is IMO the essence:
    hold the cheaters, fraudsters and exploiters accountable

    We can not offload the obligations of the citizenry to be informed, engaged, and in charge and we can never assume some mythical set of values will take the place of the rule of law.

    Eliminate the Bush tax cuts Eliminate Afghan and Iraq wars Do these things first before considering any cuts

    by kck on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 09:32:36 AM PST

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