When Les Moonves, head of CBS said of Donald Trump’s campaign, “It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS,” he focused attention on an important truth, often contradicted in political discourse: What is good for business is not necessarily good for the country.
Successful businesses defeat competitors, taking as much profit and market share as possible. A successful government creates an environment in which all can thrive and achieve their greatest potential.
Good governance requires a skill set far removed from the winner-take-all business model. Business is an important partner in a successful civil society, but when the corporate mentality dominates the government we get environmental degradation and income inequality — and the windows of opportunity slam shut.
Helene Dudley, Miami
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