The GM Defense

8 Jul

It’s funny how people process their morality. It seems that the higher the monetary stakes the more likely it is that a person will find a reason to behave immorally. Especially if the person is far away from the other people that his decisions will be affecting and most definitely if those people are of another class/culture or race.

So money gained minus people hurt divided by class/culture and race, times distance from those affected equals the probability of altering one’s moral turpitude…or

$ – P/CCR x D = M                  

  …or something like that.

Anyway, it doesn’t take an Einstein to know that causing the deaths of 12 people because you don’t want to spend a whole lot of money redesigning and recalling your automobile is wrong…does it?…but then again I don’t work for or own or represent General Motors. I’m just one of the poor, affected, middle class saps who bought one of their cars.

So try this technique should you ever find yourself on the wrong side of a murder/homicide.

If you’re the one holding the smoking gun just fire as many bullets as you can at the floor or ceiling or wherever there aren’t any other humans for as long as you can until the police arrive to arrest you.

Then at your trial have your lawyer point out that you fired over 10,000 bullets and only hit and killed one person! Who would spend that kind of time and money on murder? It was obviously just a mistaken and costly accident.

Call it the General Motors defense!

And, oh yeah…you’re welcome.

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to “The GM Defense”

  1. curlyadventurer July 10, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    I was too young when I saw and read this on/in Fight Club. But yeah, if corporations are people then they should be held responsible, and not just fiscally.

  2. Michele Anderson July 11, 2014 at 12:12 am #

    It’s called “greed,” and it destroys.

  3. avwalters July 11, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    It’s not just greed–though that may well be where it starts. It’s intellectual sloth and distance. How else could an entire nation continue pell-mell, consuming fossil fuels when it threatens the very existence of our lives on the planet? How, even as we begin to see the waves of climate refugees, could we press on, regardless, in the conduct that inundates lowlands and island nations, even as we bar the door to the poor immigrants who are the result of the economic upheaval that climate change is bringing? You see, it is not just wealth that creates an amoral climate. It is also the failure to recognize that each individual is a part of the problem, that every one of us has the obligation to leave a smaller footprint. It doesn’t help that the economic results are felt far away, by poor people who don’t look like us. It means we can close our eyes, crank up the air-conditioning, and shake our heads about the troubles in the world. It means that WE, like the corporate leaders who balance lives and profits, need to take a long hard look in the mirror.

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