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Thursday, April 3, 2014

How and why corporations get away with crime

As noted in the book, the media generally ignore issues of corporate crime.

That is, in part, because the law tends not to define harmful acts of corporations as crimes.

But, even when a major corporation actually violates the criminal law--and people die!--the media still tend not to depict their acts as crimes.

Instead, the stories examine "recalls" and "defects."

So how about GM, which knowingly sold cars that they knew to be defective, defects which directly caused the deaths of more than a dozen people?

How come it takes a comedian on "Comedy Central" to focus our attention on it? Brilliantly so here.

Fixing the cars was not "an acceptable business case" because it would take too long and cost too much.

If GM were a person, it would sort of be like Jeffrey Dahmer. Yeah, someone should write a book about how corporations are like psychopaths. Maybe that will make a difference?

Listen. Google this. It will take seconds. You'll learn GM knew. The fix cost 57 CENTS. Yet they did not do it. And its current CEO calls this "unacceptable." Ok, so who is going to prison for it?

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