Video and Multimedia
LO 2.1: Describe salient business ethics issues in pre-capitalist civilizations
Description: Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present and argues that although it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species’ existence.
LO 2.2: Summarize the ethical foundation of capitalism as argued by Adam Smith in the 1700s
Description: Barbara Walters interviews Bernie Madoff from prison, discussing the controversies that led to his incarceration.
Description: In a searching talk that will echo throughout the country’s working-class towns, J. D. Vance details what the loss of the American Dream feels like and how to break free from hopelessness and live better lives.
LO 2.3: Explain ethical issues experienced in the United States since adopting capitalism
Description: Bloomberg’s Julie Hyman reports on the pay gap between worker and CEO in S&P 500 companies.
Video 2: TedTalk: Redemption Song
Description: John Legend is on a mission to encourage rehabilitation and healing in our prisons, jails, and detention centers—and giving hope to those who want to create a better life after serving their time—expressed through his version of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.”
LO 2.4: Assess the strengths and weaknesses of the narrow and broad conceptions of social responsibility
Description: CareerFuel had the opportunity to hear firsthand how Tom of TerraCycle achieved this success and to get his advice for would-be startups.
Description: Paul Tudor Jones II loves capitalism; nonetheless, the hedge fund manager and philanthropist is concerned that a laser focus on profits is, as he puts it, “threatening the very underpinnings of society.”
LO 2.5: Appraise the historical shift back and forth between mandatory business regulations and voluntary ethical enhancements
Description: Nick Hanauer is a rich guy and an unrepentant capitalist but argues that growing inequality is about to push our societies into conditions resembling prerevolutionary France.
LO 2.6: Apply the Optimal Ethics Systems Model to create a high-integrity work culture
Description: Damon Horowitz reviews the enormous new powers that technology gives us: to know more—and more about each other—than ever before and invites us to pay new attention to the basic philosophy—the ethical principles—behind the burst of invention remaking our world.
Web1: History of Civilization
Description: Website for History World, History of Civilization
Web 2: Adam Smith Institute
Description: Website for Adam Smith Institute
Description: Website for the History Channel, The Industrial Revolution page
Description: Website for Boston College, Center for Corporate Citizenship page
Web 5: B Corporation
Description: Website for Certified B Corporations
Description: Website for the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines Calculator -