Don't Be Evil; February/March 2008; Scientific American Mind; by Michael Shermer; 8 Page(s)
In the 1987 film Wall Street, Michael Douglas's character, the high-rolling corporate raider Gordon Gekko, explains why America has lost its standing atop the industrial world: "The new law of evolution in corporate America seems to be survival of the unfittest. Well, in my book you either do it right or you get eliminated." He elaborates:
The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed--for lack of a better word--is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms--greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge--has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed--you mark my words--will not only save Teldar Paper but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA.