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    Are the Rich more unethical?

    Are rich people more unethical? - CNN.com

    A series of experiments conducted by psychologists at the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that people who are socially and financially better-off are more likely to lie, cheat, and otherwise behave unethically compared to individuals who occupy lower rungs of the socioeconomic ladder.

    "Elevated wealth status seems to make you want even more, and that increased want leads you to bend the rules or break the rules to serve your self-interest," says Paul Piff, the lead author of the study and a doctoral candidate in psychology at the university.
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    Re: Are the Rich more unethical?

    Quote Originally Posted by Krhazy View Post
    A bit surprising...
    I'd think that greed affects people regardless of economic position...that the poor are more liable to use blatant criminal means, the rich bend and twist the rules or write them themselves...which, right now, we have far too much of....and this will not change until the conservatives are out of Congress.
    No vote, again, the options are too limited.
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    Re: Are the Rich more unethical?

    Quote Originally Posted by Krhazy View Post
    I don't think it's that they're *more* unethical: I think it's that they get caught *less* often or are able to get out of trouble more quickly using money and influence as a bargaining tool.

    [Edit: also - many people "look up" to those who are better off thinking that those who appear better off *know* more - I remember John Stossel did a show that set up an experiment which had a mother abandon her children (all actors) on the side of the road. If the mother looked like a mess with a trashy car - people intervened and even prevented her from getting close to the children and they argued with the mother. But when she was well dressed and they were driving a nice car they watched but let it happened and the mother even managed to drive away.

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    Re: Are the Rich more unethical?

    I don't think rich people are any more or any less unethical than anyone else.
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    Re: Are the Rich more unethical?

    More unethical than who? Mother Theresa? Probably. Osama bin Laden? I doubt it.


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    Re: Are the Rich more unethical?

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    More unethical than who? Mother Theresa? Probably. Osama bin Laden? I doubt it.
    Osama was a very rich man.

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    Re: Are the Rich more unethical?

    I don't agree with the OP. If one is talking about Federal income tax, then I think the rich tend to bend the rules. Most other things? Not so much. Money solves a lot of problems, and one of them is allowing people to be personally responsible for their wrong-doing without breaking the bank. I think they're much less likely to try to return something they've purchased when it doesn't concur with store policy...less likely to leave the scene of an accident...lie about how it happened...take something that doesn't belong to them...misrepresent their income...not take responsibility for damage their kids may do...that kind of thing.
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    Re: Are the Rich more unethical?

    I've heard this before...

    You never know...maybe positions of power are usually held by those willing to bend the rules and do whatever it takes to succeed...it could also be that those in positions of powers feel entitled to things and don't view the rules as necessarily pertaining to them.
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    Re: Are the Rich more unethical?

    great wealth, brings a great sense of entitlement.

    its like the whole Pre-Destination thing. Rich folks are that way, because they were supposed to be that way. Such attitudes lead to feelings of being special.

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    Re: Are the Rich more unethical?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    A bit surprising...
    I'd think that greed affects people regardless of economic position...that the poor are more liable to use blatant criminal means, the rich bend and twist the rules or write them themselves...which, right now, we have far too much of....and this will not change until the conservatives are out of Congress.
    No vote, again, the options are too limited.
    True enough.

    If the rich are more likely it is because they have greater opportunity, and a better chance of getting away with it. It's not something any more innate in them than in poor people. It is opportunity.

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