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The Lying Game

In "Liar, Liar" (October) by Joshua Kurlantzick, you say, "lying and dishonesty simply have become a much more accepted part of business-and of American life. To fight this trend and to inculcate the idea that dishonesty is unacceptable, companies, business schools and corporate leaders will need to undertake massive, systemic reforms."

Cultural beliefs and adaptations do not come down from the gods. They emerge over time, in Darwinistic fashion, shaped by the environment. Humanity has gone from tribal societies to villages and towns. We went through the industrial revolution, which generated the legal and financial revolutions and now the information revolution. The trouble is, the values of the last revolution no longer apply. In the past, there were not so many banks or lawyers or businessmen, and your reputation mattered. Now, in a society of 6 billion people, you can always find another sucker.

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