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Why international competitiveness trumps ethics and accountability


John Bunzl


Ethical Technology

January 21, 2013

Albert Einstein famously asserted that “we will not solve present problems with the same thinking that created them”, so pointing out that the problems we now face—problems like climate change, rising income inequality, financial crises, resource depletion, and so on—are the product of old ways of thinking. The problems remain unsolved, in other words, only because our thinking hasn’t yet caught up. So it’s our thinking that needs to change.


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Posted by John Niman  on  01/21  at  01:24 PM

Fantastic post!

Well said.





Posted by Thomas Watts  on  01/21  at  03:00 PM

Believing that we have “climate change” and “resource depletion” (which, with very few exceptions, we do not) are examples of the kind of old thinking the author claims to disparage.

Acting on them is service in behalf of a repressive, controlling elite.





Posted by SHaGGGz  on  01/21  at  07:08 PM

” If one signs up, the other has no choice but to do so too. “
That, or smear his opponent for being a socialist.





Posted by Pastor_Alex  on  01/22  at  11:15 AM

The hardest thing to do is change ourselves. If someone offered you a pill that would make you kinder, more ethical and more empathetic tomorrow, would you take it? I suspect that a lot of people won’t, either because they think they are already ‘good enough’ or because they don’t want the people who refuse the pill to take advantage of them.





Posted by rms  on  01/31  at  04:59 AM

I support the Simultaneous Policy, but countries should not wait for
that before they resist the competition to bow down to business.  This
is a competition to make life worse for their citizens.  For instance,
the typical American is worse off now than in 1980.  Reversing all the
changes made in the US economy since then would be a step forward.
In particular, all the “free trade” treaties starting with the WTO
should be revoked.

Rather than competing to attract companies, each government should
say, for its own people’s sake, “If you want to mistreat workers or
trash the environment, do it somewhere else—not here!  But if you
want to sell products made that way, we will charge you a high
tariff!”





Posted by Intomorrow  on  01/31  at  09:22 AM

“The hardest thing to do is change ourselves. If someone offered you a pill that would make you kinder, more ethical and more empathetic tomorrow, would you take it? I suspect that a lot of people won’t”


This is one reason to dislike the thinking of the clergy. It is true most don’t give squat about those outside their circles, yet the overwhelming majority of persons would take the hypothetical pill if the benefits to them and those they care about were explained carefully.






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