Friday, July 11, 2014

A realist, not a fanatic

From When ignorance is power at Stumbling and Mumbling:

It's quite possible that, for some (many) businesses, law-breaking has a positive expected value: the expected benefits of fraud or phone-hacking exceed the expected costs. A profit-maximizing company should therefore undertake them. One way for it to do so is for managers to turn a blind eye so they can maintain plausible deniability, and ensure that if the wrongdoing is exposed that there's no smoking gun to connect them to the crime.

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