• June 22, 2013

3 thoughts on “30. Ethical behaviour is more difficult for the rich (Proposed — Mandy Patterson) — discussed 27 July 2013

  1. a) I’ve writ­ten a lit­tle essay on the top­ic, online at http://thormay.net/unwiseideas/Ethical-Behaviour-is-Harder-for-the-Rich.htm

    b) Here are some news­pa­per arti­cles and blog posts that bear on the mat­ter of ethics:

    1. “On the ethics of the rich” http://www.gifthub.org/2012/02/on-the-ethics-of-the-rich.html

    2. Rich James, “Not every­one defines ethics the same way” http://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/columnists/rich-james/rich-james-not-everyone-defines-ethics-the-same-way/article_b82e2864-efb4-5e08-8bb0-fd613bb7e408.html

    3, “Some helped, oth­ers didn’t, after US jet crash” http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/some-helped-others-didnt-after-us-jet-crash-20130715-2pzha.html

    4. “Lying to chil­dren: Are you rais­ing a suck­er?” http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/executive-style/culture/blogs/all-men-are-liars/are-you-raising-a-sucker-20130720-2qa6c.html [ TM: the com­ments sec­tion to this arti­cle are illu­mi­nat­ing ]

    5. “Are rich peo­ple uneth­i­cal?” http://news.yahoo.com/rich-people-unethical-224915381–abc-news.html

    6. Peter Singer, “It’s our duty to give” http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/charity/duty_1.shtml

  2. Pub­lished on 21 Jun 2013 — “In a series of star­tling stud­ies, psy­chol­o­gists at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley have found that “upper-class indi­vid­u­als behave more uneth­i­cal­ly than low­er-class indi­vid­u­als.” Ongo­ing research is try­ing to find out what it is about wealth — or lack of it — that makes peo­ple behave they way they do. Paul Sol­man reports as part of his Mak­ing Sen$e series. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IuqGrz-Y_Lc#at=84

    Com­ment {Thor May) — Only a psy­chol­o­gist could be star­tled by this stuff.. [sar­casm]. The real­ly inter­est­ing part is when you fol­low the Psy­chol­o­gy 101 stu­dents with 51% pass rates into the work­force as HR recruiters etc, and watch how they mis­use what they have half under­stood of such research. OK, of course it is use­ful to con­firm what the more aware amongst us have already intu­it­ed. The main prob­lem I see is that the “greed is good” crowd (mul­ti­tude) are going to stand stud­ies like this on their head and say some­thing like “sci­ence has proved that the rich are less eth­i­cal. There­fore, to become rich you should ..” .

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