Reading Journal Entry: The Cheating Culture, by David Callahan

David Callahan examines why Americans seem readier to cheat to get ahead nowadays, from shoplifting to tax evasion to falsifying corporate returns. He argues that due to increasing economic inequality, we have greater financial incentives to break the rules, and due to relaxed government oversight and light penalties, there is less to fear from committing fraud. He also invokes a deteriorating 'social contract', in that people no longer believe everyone is playing by the same rules....why not cheat if 'everyone else is doing it'?

Game theory applied to ethical behavior makes sense to me, sad as it is.


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