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

Cultural beliefs and adaptations do not come down from the gods.They emerge over time, in Darwinistic fashion, shaped by theenvironment. Humanity has gone from tribal societies to villagesand towns. We went through the industrial revolution, whichgenerated the legal and financial revolutions and now theinformation revolution. The trouble is, the values of the lastrevolution no longer apply. In the past, there were not so manybanks or lawyers or businessmen, and your reputation mattered. Now,in a society of 6 billion people, you can always find anothersucker.

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