If I Don’t Cheat You, Someone Else Will

Wage SlaveryReading a passage from The Jungle I suddenly realized what the real problem with this country and its beloved capitalism actually is. In the passage a saloonkeeper admits to seeding the clientele with needy looking street people who encouraged the more affluent customers to buy them a few drinks: shades of dancehall girls. The saloonkeeper posited that if he didn’t do it, someone else would.

Then the narrator expands the thought to manufacturers who adulterate or otherwise cheat on the ingredients in their products (a good example being canned meat … don’t ask what’s in it … ever). Hey, if one huge agribusiness corporation doesn’t do it, another big agribusiness corporation will.

That’s the rationale behind our greedy corporations: if they don’t cheat you, someone else will … so they are justified in cheating you.

It’s so simple and conveniently avoids moral considerations. Where can I get the bumper-sticker?

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