ABL’s post about a Time-Warner boss telling his employees to let another employee die touches on something that I think is vital to understanding contemporary society: the lure of acting like a sociopath and then chalking your actions up to “company policy” or some such. It’s seductive, I understand. No one likes dealing with complicated shit and if you can come up with rationale whereby you are only following orders when you choose to ignore shit, that’s a win, psychologically.
It’s the same with “no one could have predicted” and “it’s too late to do anything”. They’re all absolutions of sorts. So is “sure you think you should feel bad when you let someone starve to death in front of you, but once you get past the conventional wisdom of our hippie overlords you may be surprised to learn that blah blah blah“. And then you have the Bobo “neuroscience” about how it’s better not to feel guilty anyway: Burke and the latest “scientific findings” conclude that it’s better if you don’t dwell on it.
That’s what terrifies me most about corporatism, that it gives free rein to the inner sociopath.