Dangerous Ethics: Jackson's Untenable Solution Given the extreme circumstances surrounding the Earth Systems, Inc., dilemma, Terry Jackson's suggestion that the company itself purchase stock is not unsound. Certainly, Jackson's proposal is also not entirely unethical in terms of its clear ambition to serve the company's interests and promote its survival. It seems that Jackson is reacting to a “bottom line” crisis and is motivated to urge these measures to save the business. Nonetheless, what is occurring here is that Jackson is not only manipulating ethics in a way difficult to defend, he is making a classic error often made in a business crisis: he is ignoring the long-term damage likely to follow from the immediate solution, and this all the more emphasizes the questionable ethics. On a basic level, Jackson's scheme is not in accord with business ethics because it relies on duplicity. The idea is that the investors will assume the increased purchasing activity is generated by external parties such as themselves, and this is a dangerous ruse. Legalities of disclosure aside, it is not unreasonable to foresee disaster in the probable event that someone, somewhere, will leak the information. At such a point, it is doubtful that the investors would appreciate the company's motives in protecting itself. Instead, they would likely take legal action, or at the very least completely distance themselves from the company. Moreover, such an eventuality exists apart from the actual ethics of the situation. Investing, in plain terms, is a process based on good faith and mutual interest; the investor perceives that funding the company will create potentials for profit and expansion. The company that is capable of investing in itself, and to any degree, is violating this good faith understanding. It is unlikely that the extreme circumstances prompting the Jackson scheme, then, would be meaningful when disclosure occurred, because the investors could no longer legitimately trust the company's policies. The ethics surrounding the actual payment of the cash dividends no longer possible under Jackson's plan reveal further difficulties. It is interesting, in fact, that the plan, clearly based on a covert operation in order to help the company, is so risky. The company cannot pay the accustomed dividends if it buys its own shares, so it appears that Jackson is weighing a potential lesser evil against a greater. More exactly, he is gambling that the “health” of the business will serve to retain investors disappointed by no returns. The questionable ethics even here aside, this is pragmatically unreasonable. The paying of cash dividends in these matters is typically not a “bonus” that appeases investors; when any business stops paying dividends, the likely result is the departure of its investors (Koslowski, 2011, p. 145). That Earth Systems has so consistently paid returns in the past will then only amplify this failure. Then, and returning to ethics, the action is unconscionable. In simple terms, the…
Rainsford coolly handles any challenge, be it falling overboard in the middle of the night or having to swim several miles to reach the shore. He’s survived numerous near-death experiences, from fighting on the frontlines during World War I to hunting dangerous animals in some of the world’s most exotic locales. Rainsford’s wartime experiences have reinforced his ultimate belief in the primacy of human life and the respect it deserves. Only during Zaroff’s relentless final pursuit does Rainsford truly feel…
Rachel Healy, District Attorney Four Broad Street (555) 987-1123 M E M O R A N D U M TO: FROM: DATE: Michael Cary, Senior Assistant District Attorney Assistant District Attorney #4991 October 29, 2010
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"The Most Dangerous Game"The Most Dangerous Game
Open a word document and answer this writing assignment. You will then save your word document as a docx file and then attach as a file to this assignment. (We will have lap tops Thurs & Fri. in class.)
Suspense is a feeling…
the benefits of greater political democracy long before Jackson’s election. In 1828, the year of Jackson’s election, all but two states had already undergone the democratic transition from choosing Presidential Electors by the legislature to choosing by the popular vote (Doc. A). Here, a more gradual trend towards political freedom can be observed, a trend that had already proceeded before the election, with seemingly no effect from Jackson’s presidency. In terms of his supposed democratic policies…
The Most Dangerous Game
“The Most Dangerous Game”(1924), by Richard Connell is a short story about a man who ends up on “Ship-trap Island”. On this island lives a man who seeks the ultimate game. He is referred to as General Zaroff, and Rainsford the protagonist, is “the most dangerous game”. The general sends Rainsford into the jungle, and gives himself three days to kill Rainsford. Rainsford is able to avoid the general, and kill him in the end of the story.
Throughout “The Most Dangerous Game”…
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A Lack of Empathy
In Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game”, he utilizes characterization and the setting to illustrate that the lack of empathy can create unhuman-like behavior.
The sinister character Zaroff is characterized as somewhat of a villain in the story. Zaroff knows who Rainsford is-a very skilled hunter. He even mentioned about the books he wrote. Zaroff was obviously a fan of Rainsford and maybe even idolized him for being a somewhat famous…
Why banning the use of cell phones while driving should be mandatory nationwide
I want to persuade my audience to stop using their cell phones
while driving a vehicle because it is extremely irresponsible and dangerous.
Using a cell phone while driving is dangerous to yourself and others on
the road and is one of the top reasons for car accidents.
Attention Grabber: Play Youtube video. Now many of us see these type of
commercials everyday, the problem is most of us think that something like this…
In Frankenstein, Victor grew up as a very well read boy. As we see in the beginning of his story he was fascinated by the works of Cornelius Agrippa, “I opened it with apathy; the theory which he attempts to demonstrate and the wonderful facts which he relates soon changed this feeling into enthusiasm.” (pg. 47, ch. 2) It is those very readings which encouraged victor to pursue a path in science. However as foreshadowed in the beginning letters of Walton, this is what leads…