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jhboricua
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Minneapolis, MN
reply to FFH5

Re: It's the market, unfortunately

But do you consider this a moral thing to do?


en102
Canadian, eh?

join:2001-01-26
Valencia, CA
Business and morality do not go hand in hand.

Businesses are out there to make money/profit.
Morality requires a conscience.
Businesses require keeping an eye on the bottom line - conscience can get in the way.
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FFH5
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reply to jhboricua
said by jhboricua:

But do you consider this a moral thing to do?
The capitalist system, so far, has been the best at optimizing scarce resources. And a system that is efficient returns the most to society. So, yes, I find that moral.
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jhboricua
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reply to en102
Ah, and yet these same people that believe in profit at any cost, and other that supports their practices are quick to chastice the morality of those who, for example, download copyrighted material by using P2P applications.

If they lack the morality to charge ridiculous fees, how can they question the morality of those who won't play their game?
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nasadude

join:2001-10-05
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reply to en102
that's an unfortunate and true fact - and is why it is necessary sometimes for the government to become the conscience.

without either an internal or external conscience we get industries like telecom, where their greed and lack of concern for their country has resulted in a broadband market that is years behind the rest of the developed world, or the content industry, whose lawsuits and bullying have stifled untold creativity and created misery for innocent people.

the free market extremists don't believe in any government regulation or intervention, unless it is of course regulation or intervention that helps industry - does the oil industry really need tax breaks? should congress be passing laws that help the content industry prop up their obsolete business model?


factchecker

@cox.net
reply to FFH5
said by FFH5:

The capitalist system, so far, has been the best at optimizing scarce resources.
I would be careful when you say that once you realize that capitalist economies also exhibit the greatest amount of waste - wasted food (look in the trash of any restaurant), wasted resources (disposable products), etc.

For example, millions of gallons of oil are wasted each year on bottled water because the bottles are used once and discarded to landfills. Single use products, like water bottles, made from finite resources, like oil, are not an efficient use of resources.


en102
Canadian, eh?

join:2001-01-26
Valencia, CA
reply to jhboricua
That's why they have legality through contracts/service agreements bought for by lobbiests and lawyers.
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anaonono

@cox.net
reply to jhboricua
Moral thing to do? Do you think ANYONE standing to gain from any phone company's profits cares at all whether or not it is the moral thing to do?

Business is business, the only goal is to make as much money as possible. Any perception of morality is merely an attempt to make more money by giving some appearance of a company being moral to gain more customers, thus, make more money.

The only motivation behind any action any company does is to make more money. Bottom line. There is no such thing as "moral" in business.
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