CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX

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The Ethics of Responsibility

COUNTLESS SERMONS HAVE BEEN preached and printed on the ethics of business or the ethics of business people. Most have nothing to do with business and little to do with ethics.

One main topic is plain, everyday honesty. People in business, we are told solemnly, should not cheat, steal, lie, bribe, or take bribes. But nor should anyone else. Men and women do not acquire exemption from ordinary rules of personal behavior because of their work or job. Nor, however, do they cease to be human beings when appointed vice-president, city manager, or college dean. And there has always been a number of people ...

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