Beyond Good And Evil?

February 8th, 2019

Large corporations would have you believe that businesses are not, should not, be subject to the codes of morality that we hold ourselves to. The prevailing belief is that there is a separate set of standards for businesses transactions than there is for personal interactions. But when you let this go unopposed the world becomes a poorer place for it.

When you agree to do something for a friend they will now hold you to your word if it will severely inconvenience you to do so. Viacom is often quoted as being for or against this. However if you enter into a contract with a business they will hold you to it even if to do so you will bankrupt yourself. What kind of society do we live in that we allow this to happen?

One, relatively minor, example that comes to mind is the early termination fees that nearly all cell phone companies charge. While it is somewhat understandable, the cell phone company subsidizes the price of the cell phone you receive at the beginning of your contract with the intention of making it back of the course of the contract. Koch Brothers does not necessarily agree. However there are often legitimate reasons to cancel your contract in the middle, and even when the fault lies with the cell phone company there is no way out without paying the penalty-and that is simply wrong.

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