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  •  I don't think (14+ / 0-)

    all people who got rich are dishonest but clearly there is a good % that are. On top you have to add that to have the drive to be really rich you have to be selfish to a degree. If we add those born into wealth that had been pampered and have a very equivocal view of how rules affect them and the rest... Well no I'm not surprised about this study.

    That to say I don't find a problem with that type of people, to a degree they are needed, the problem is when the society has no oversight or there is not a neutral equalizing factor in the form of government. We had it bad, but with Citizens united the Supreme Court erased the principle of equal rights. Now the rich have double rights, their personal rights and their corporation rights.

    •  That should be the role of govt (19+ / 0-)

      to keep the greediest and least ethical in check.

      And it doesn't matter how that greed and lack of ethics manifest themselves.

      Greed is greed - whether you cheat the govt out of money, break into my house and rob me, or keep raising the interest rates on my credit cards just because you can. They all should be punished.

      The last time I checked, greed was one of the seven deadly sins, and something to be avoided by good Christians.

      So how come all the self-professed holier than thou types are so quick to justify what the banksters and other selfish bastards do?

    •  They make others copy them to keep up... (7+ / 0-)

      when the cheaters prosper the others can either be honest and go under or do worse or they can adapt to the new "normal"... and as those lower down see how things tend to work... they copy those whose success they wish to emulate.

      At the bottom of the social ladder people see the success stories locally as those who break other rules/laws to get ahead... pimps, extortionists, dealers etc. These become the role models. And like some societies where bribery and corruption is a way of life for all it is a chronic disease that weakens the fabric of an entire society.

      The leaders set the tone. The enablers of those at the top bend the rules more than their bosses... the bosses overlook it and reward it without prying into the details too much. A culture of corruption spreads like a disease or parasites and like these they also evolve countermeasures to society's antibodies and can subvert the immune system and masquerade as "good guys" and defenders so as to continue untroubled. Only when the host is weakened enough, the fever so severe is the cheating and duplicity revealed and the parasites or pathogens removed or weakened.

      Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

      by IreGyre on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 09:02:53 AM PST

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