“So long as no laws are broken， there is nothing unethical about doingwhatever you need to do to promote existing products or to create newproducts.”
The speaker asserts that in creating and marketing products， companies actethically merely by not violating any laws. Although the speaker’sposition isnot wholly insupportable， far more compelling arguments can be made for holdingbusinesses to higher ethical standards than those required by the letter of thelaw.
Most people would agree that buildings represent a valuable record of anysociety’s past， but controversy arises when old buildings stand on ground thatmodern planners feel could be better used for modern purposes.
The issue of whether to raze an old， historic building to make way forprogress is a complex one， since it involves a conflict between our interest inpreserving our culture， tradition， and history and a legitimate need to createpractical facilities that serve current utilitarian purposes. In my view， thefinal judgment should depend on a case-by-case analysis of two key factors.
“Clearly， government has a responsibility to support the arts. However， ifthat support is going to produce anything of value， government must place norestrictions on the art that is produced.”
The speaker here argues that government must support the arts but at thesame time impose no control over what art is produced. The implicit rationalefor government intervention in the arts is that， without it， cultural declineand erosion of our social fabric will result. However， I find no empiricalevidence to support this argument， which in any event is unconvincing in lightof more persuasive arguments that government should play no part in eithersupporting or restricting the arts.
“Work greatly influences people’s personal lives—their special interests，their leisure activities， even their appearance way from the work place.”
The speaker claims that our jobs greatly influence our personal interests，recreational activities and even appearance. While I agree that the personallives of some people are largely determined by their work， in my view it wouldbe a mistake to draw this conclusion generally. In my observation， the extent towhich occupation influences personal life depends on the nature of the work， andhow central the work is to one’s sense of self.