Saturday, May 5, 2012

Moral conflict

Moral dilemma

The question is whether we as a society want to live in a meaningful just environment and be able to flourish and be successful with fair wages or would we rather live in a society were only a few individuals hold the wealth while the predominant portion of the population is forced into debt. My rationalization is from the ideas of unrestricted business; however, there must be a code of business ethics established and followed-if this is to be successful. There can be no government interference, but monopolies cannot be established and ethical business must be practiced at a moral level. The worker can no longer be seen as indispensable, but a valuable part of the business structure, with that notion if the business profits and higher-level employees are entitled to inconceivable amount of reward’s and bonuses- the workers should receive a comparable portion, due to their dedication in making such profits possible.

      The intolerable greed, immoral, and unethical practices that frequently occur in government and big business is horribly disgusting. The government of the United States has continually placed the needs of big business- corporate America before, its' citizens-the constituents whom place them in power. Et Tu Brute by one’s own friend- the people whom we instill our voice to enact policies that are detrimental to the majority populist. In my eyes, I see treason upon the individuals whom line their pockets and political campaigns from PAC's or other corporate entities- disenfranchising every American citizen that values their right to vote. The nefarious acts that are conducted behind closed doors can no longer exist the monetary aspect of politics destroys the fundamental aspects of equality. The economic inequality that is created because of the monies that are allocated for influential purposes rather than purposes beneficial towards society as a whole can no longer be corrupt shadow lurking in the corner- it simply can no longer be tolerated with society.

How do we change society from its current disjuncture to a path of new prosperity and equality? Ethics and morality, but first we need to define ethics and morality in a business sense and in terms of government. I will first attempt to define the way I perceive how ethics and business should coincide with one another in an environment. Within an ethical business environment every worker from top to bottom receive the same type of benefit programs from healthcare to stock options -this will eliminate business from denying their workers benefits for their contribution towards the businesses success. Now one may ask, to what degree is a business responsible for it worker? In addition, my answer is for as much time as the worker dedicates to serving your needs. It is a simple idea of reciprocation. The idea that individuals are seen as replaceable components to a money-producing machine is both immoral and unethical; however, ethics is still my focal point. Is it ethical for the corporations who are considered people not to be financially punished and reposed for the crimes they commit- no longer can they be seen as white collar crimes, but forms of economic oppression, which if ensues and is allowed by the government, the people have a right to rebellion. The inequalities between an average American citizen and a corporation, which has the same rights as an individual,  though intact has supersede our fundamental rights and is at an advantage economically and politically. Ethics in government needs to coincide with a one strike you're out rule, meaning if a politician conducts nefarious activities with other political actors or outside influence, he / or she belong in a prison alongside of murderers and rapists because that deceit destroys our ability to vote with coercion from independent agencies -buying influence.

There needs to be a sense of moral obligations to society and to the community that supports your business or product. One may ask why a business has a moral obligation to society. Because without society allowing that business to operate and fuel its' profit margins at least refrain from poisoning the environment in which we coexist. Morality within capitalism and business needs to exist if the luxury of freedom is expected to continue to exist because if morality in terms of business continues on the downward spiral of greed then these United States we live in is a farce. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness has turn into an arbitrary thought and reality has shaped a world based on Darwinism, rather than the moral philosophies of help thy neighbor. The lack or moral consciousness that revolves around the world of politics and business is quite inefficient for the individual citizen due to the inept policies that are created that hinder individuals and the economy. The lack of concern for the citizens of the United States, but rather corporate interests that affects the American system of capitalism - negatively are perpetrated by our legislators. The disestablishment of tariffs and taxes on corporations ability to import/export ; swiftly transferred American infrastructure to third world nations for cheap unjust exploitation of third world citizens. The disappearance of factories gave birth to a new facet of displaced workers due to the reverberation of the abuses by politicians: these policies and legislation had been enacted for the benefit of business, not the populist. The government has acted immorally towards the constituents, whom place them in power to prevent corruption, but never the less power corrupts and the idea of greed takes over the initial motive for equality and justice.

      Now I ask what actions may be taken to protect our economy, in addition to the citizens in which it encompasses and controls. Yes, the idea is the economy can be used as a mechanism of control over a population when times are bleak. This is why certain news stories about billionaires who retire at the age of 38 do not receive negative publicity for the little effort produced to accumulate such casts amount of incomes, rather the opposite is usually the case. Therefore, I believe to create a level playing field within the economy salary caps need to be installed within the corporate machine, and politicians refrain from interacting with lobbyists, because of the notion to serving public- not corporate interests.

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