Kirtu wrote:It would be extremely rare for a major US company to not behave immorally. The directors and executives may not be corrupt but many or most of them would have to be sociopaths or have sociopaths tendencies (or to indulge in immoral behaviors when necessary) to rise to that position.
Do you think that is something about American business in particular? Or about capitalism everywhere? And what's the alternative?
As I've already said, it's companies and institutions world-wide. It has nothing to do with American business itself or with capitalism. Humans can corrupt any system.
The alternative is something like what the Germanic language countries do (although as I have also said, they are also not immune - they just tend to keep it under better control overall) with essentially public oversight of activities. Norwegian oil cannot long get away with pollution (actually I was trying to look up their involvement in the Gulf Oil spill from three years ago and couldn't get any details). Corporations and institutions are not above the law in Germanic countries or as far as I can tell in New Zealand. This may be a consequence of WW 2 or it may have stated long before. Danish history for example seems to show significant social consciousness starting in the mid-1700's with the beginning of a social democracy of sorts even though they went through periods of extreme poverty.
In English speaking countries basically everyone is a slave (or a serf) and the boat can't be rocked.
The basic solution is a kind of social democracy in which the notion of responsibility is extended throughout society - individuals are responsible for themselves but also for their neighbor and their society. Likewise society and neighbors have responsibility for one another. Corporations and institutions are representatives of society, etc. It just works better. However even Norway and Sweden haven't solved all societal ills.