I know Sam Harris has talked about this, how our motives we come up with are post hoc rationalizations and how propaganda can affect our thinking in invisible ways. Also talk of the lead poisoning theory and how it ruins impulse control so that a person really is no longer responsible for their own actions. Doesn't excuse the results but questions who is really to blame. I poison the environment and people who grow up there are homicidally crazy, who should we charge with murder?
Has there been a broader debate about this sort of thing? I assume so but want to know where the best discussions have been had. Where is the science pointing?
"Criminal: a person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.”
Haven't found much on the man but I like the way he thinks. More along those lines.
"The secret of great wealth with no obvious source is some forgotten
crime, forgotten because it was done neatly." Paraphrase from Balzac.
“Lawyers can steal more money with a briefcase than a thousand men with guns and masks." -- Mario Puzo
Reading up on the first mafia family in the US. It's amazing how every legitimate, worthy business can be turned into a racket. And I feel that's what's been done with our government. Government has a legitimate purpose, just like restaurants and garbage services and labor unions but they can all be turned to corrupt purposes by the criminal element.
It feels like everything is being run as a giant con. Finance, industry, government at the highest levels, it's all been turned into organized crime. And the crime is so big none can even differentiate between corruption and public policy.