8 comments on ““What is it to be civilized?”

  1. Good analysis. However at the end of the day you’re looking at it from the view point of a civilian looking on. An economist is gonna tell you businesses are started to make money. Point blank; period. Now we would all love for them to use they’re resources to make their operations more environmentally friendly but that is time and expenses eating away at their profits. You’re looking at years of R&D & investment that would need to be invested to make things more friendly. The way I see it is this, a economic system occurs for a reason. Institutions appear everyday as they add solidity to the markets within nations. The days of barter & subsistence are long gone, these corporations, no matter how harmful they are in their operations are the driving forces within the economy and as much as we would love them to take their heads out of their gains and look at who or what is being affected as a result, “Businesses exist to make money”. No individual starts a business without an objective of making a steady flow of income. Everything else is secondary. We can bring a whole set of arguments about corporate social responsibility and whatnot but hey, profit, profit, profit. Its what the shareholders want a piece of, its what government wants a piece of.. This is the world we live in.

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