Wouldn't it Be Nice If It Weren't Always About—and Only About—the Money?

Photograph by Steve McAlister

In rapid succession, articles about sports coaches rehired, even after ethical lapses, and hedge funds that keep going, regardless of insider trading allegations and abusive work environments, remind us that there are precious few sanctions for bad behavior. It’s all about the money—the money the sports programs bring in, the money the hedge funds make, the money that retailers like Wal-Mart save by purchasing clothes manufactured overseas in dangerous conditions, the size of the fines that banks such as HSBC pay for money laundering and that others like Bank of America pay for mortgage abuses, compared to their income and assets.

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