ETHICS ISSUES: ETHICAL GUIDELINES

ETHICAL ISSUES: ETHICAL GUIDELINES

How are you fixed for ethics? Integrity, principle, probity, honesty: concepts that often are overlooked, taken for granted or disregarded in today’s hectic world. ‘Business ethics’ simply isn’t; It deals with values and morals—the way we think things are—and tends to be arbitrary. The real ETHICS we’re talking about is more fundamental and powerful than either business or even legal ethics. This, the real ethics, represents the way things should be.

Ethics. What is it? Well, it’s not the plural of ethic nor is it difficult to define. Think of ethics as truth, and morality as applied truth, better known as honesty.

Can you see how this differs from business ‘ethics?’ Ethics is not debatable. It doesn’t vary with the situation. Nor does it vary with the law. The law is a product of society and can be changed in accordance with society’s wishes. Ethics

THE PARETO PRINCIPLE and ETHICS in POLITICS

ETHICAL ISSUES:  POLITICS and the PARETO PRINCIPLE

The field of ethics has changed remarkably over the years.  In the 2000 years from Plato to The Enlightenment (was it really?), ethics (originally conceived in the political sense) was correctly identified with virtue. It seems that Plato (and Aristotle) had issues with politics even then.  Things haven’t changed much in the ensuing years.  To diverge, but not really…

The Pareto Principle, commonly known as the 80/20 rule, is an amazing ratio that holds true in most cases of all types (and this is not an exaggeration).  For example: 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people; 80% of the money is owned by 20% of the people; 20% of one’s effort generates 80% of the results; 20% of the defects cause 80% of the problems (and  20% of the work causes 80%

UNETHICS and LIES: CALLING A SPADE A SPADE

LIES and LYING:  CALLING A SPADE A SPADE

When a close friend or relative lies to you, chances are you’ll call him a liar.  But when a politician lies to you, you accept it as a matter of course because “they all do it.”  When have you seen politicians (from top to bottom) called liars when they’ve blatantly lied?  Rarely?  Ever?  If they were called liars in print or on TV, there’d be less of it.

Blame it on political correctness, or possibly “hurting their feelings,” or some other liberal (sorry, but it’s true) excuse.  Being direct has a way of making a point that lasts longer than the time to say it.

Politicians, from the top down, LIE to get elected (if you need proof of this, you’re living in some other universe).  Ergo, lying is acceptable in politics, where

LEGAL ETHICS: THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE

LEGAL ETHICS: The Power of the People Over Government

EthicsbooksYou want power?  You’ve got  power: The power to overrule the judge’s verdict in a jury trial. This is power over government, and it’s yours by way of the Constitution. www.fija.org

Our law is ultimately enforced by the people.  That’s you.  And me.  The Constitution says so.  Have you read it?

Juries have the Constitutional right to judge both fact and law. You may believe the law to be unjust and, if you do, you (as a member of a jury) may vote to acquit, even if the accused is guilty of the crime. Or you may believe the law to have been unjustly applied.  In effect and in fact, the law is ultimately enforced by the people, not by government.  That’s you.  And me.

Juries are an effective 

TRUTH – an ETHICAL ISSUE

Living with the truth is, in fact, what EXTREME ETHICS is all about.

John Ransom in a recent column: “Today all you have to do is repeat a thing often enough and it becomes truth. …(P)eople can no longer recognize even their own lies. They can’t distinguish between what is true and the fantasy that exists only in their imagination.  And…there’s only one word you can use to describe it: psychosis.”  Strong words, remarkably well-put and worthy of our attention.  But wait…  Is it the TRUTH?

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…What it’s all about

 

Well, before we can deal with that question it’s necessary to come to terms with truth. 

Truth is, simply, what is, tangible and verified or verifiable, real and actual, that exists.  It is a noun and only a noun, one and the same as reality and fact; it

ETHICS ISSUES: THE CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER OF PC

PC and the PROBLEM of RACISM

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Think about it…

It’s not just terrorism that threatens our society.

Political Correctness  used to be merely an annoyance to those of us comfortable with the truth; we assumed that honesty would eventually win out over the obvious maneuverings typical of PC.  Well, it’s turned out to not be the case.  The ‘right’ to not be offended (the truth might be ‘hurtful’…) is the trump card of those who cannot convince others that theirs is the only way.  PC, reaching new levels of absurdity, has become the new norm.  Those Progressives so fond of it have taken it upon themselves to label individuals choosing to not follow their party line as…RACIST.

Charles Krauthammer: “(Progressives are) entering a new phase of ideological agitation—no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse