I agree with some of your points; others I beg to disagree.
(02-07-2011 11:05 PM)Snootch Wrote: Making profits is not evil. Doing well in business is not evil. Etc.
Quite true. Money and the making of money and the spending of money is NOT evil in and of itself. It is no more inherently evil than guns, TNT, cannons, flamethrowers, bombs, nuclear weapons, et al
. It is _how_ these things are used that may
be evil. Or conversely, righteous. Yet, all these things have something of a Bad Reputation, overall. Why? Because they represent power
, and MANY people (not necessarily the majority, thank God or whoever) cannot resist the opportunity to apply power to enhance their situation at the expense of others.
Operating a (usually small) business can be rewarding in many, many ways, for more than just the people running the company. Employees earn wages with which they can provide for their families. Consumers receive a product which improves their lives (hopefully, ignoring crappy products and "planned obsolescence"). The net worth of the community is enhanced. Etc., etc. However, companies take on a life of their own, and eventually the needs/goals of the company supersede the needs/goals of living, breathing, bleeding
_people_. Despite the fact that the employees need
their wages, their jobs get shipped halfway around the world to where people living in cardboard shacks will do the job for a tiny fraction of what the company had been paying for wages. Good for the company; bad for the ex-employees. Subsequently, the Federal, State, and Local governments lose tax revenue from the now unemployed ex-employees. Good for the company; bad for the government(s). What had been a point of pride for the community -- the local corporate facilities that used to
serve as a population magnet for the community -- now is vacant and on its way to being a public eyesore. And on and on. The corporate imperative of doing ONLY what is good for the company results in Bad Things for everybody else.
Is ^^that^^ an indication of corporations being inherently "evil"? Whatever it is, I can't imagine that this all-too-common pattern is a Good Thing. It's probably related to "Absolute power corrupts, absolutely." The more a company focuses on that #1 goal of making the greatest amount of money possible, the more people
suffer -- and many people
will contend that whatever inflicts suffering on people is "evil".
(02-07-2011 11:05 PM)Snootch Wrote: There is more peace and good when people are free, which includes two crucial aspects of human responsibility: that their liberties are defended by their governments (such as free markets, where the exchange of goods and services for rightfully earned negotiable tender based on the free choices of the acting parties takes place)
In the long-term, there literally is no such thing
"free markets". Invariably, in the absence of any kind of regulatory oversight, those with LOTS of money squeeze out the "little guys", first, then they go after the mid-sized operations, until finally all that remains are monopolies -- which, even though they offered lower prices while undercutting their competitors, then turn around and "charge all that the market will bear." When there is only one or two providers of a product, if you need
it, you _will_ end up paying through the nose. (Again, good for the company; bad for the people.)
Do you remember what gas cost in 1980? Does about $1.25 sound right? Thirty-one years later the cost is near $4.00 per gallon -- even though the cost of production per gallon is still about the same
. Even taking out the taxes that have been piled on (read the stickers on the pumps; it's not as much as you think), about half
of what you are paying is a direct result of deregulation and speculation. Additionally, the "independent gas station on the corner" is pretty much extinct; they've all been bought up by Big Oil (and replaced by chains of what look
like "little guys" but are, in fact, "affiliates" of Big Oil corporations). This is all a direct result of too much
freedom in what is supposedly a "free market".
Overall, you are literally correct: money and making money is not in and of itself "evil". It takes people
-- with Free Will of course! -- to use money with evil intent. It just seems that those people with LOTS of money tend to be the ones that get control of companies and then do evil things in order to make more
money. So, maybe money is NOT "evil", but lots of money
is? Like one bacterium can't hurt you, but LOTS of them _will_ make you sick. You may even die if there's LOTS of them!