Plum Creek Timber Company is organized as a profit-making business, not as a charity. If Montana citizens want Plum Creek to do things that would diminish its profits, it’s their responsibility to get their politicians to pass and enforce laws demanding those things, or to buy out the lands and manage them differently.

Jared Diamond, in the book Collapse

Regarding the banking industry, the financial crisis, and questions about the future of capitalism, I would extend Diamond’s recommendation like this:

It’s the government’s job to make sure that businesses get ahead by serving others and only by serving others.

The corollary, also from Diamond, is that voters must signal to the politicians that the above is what’s important — not handbags, abortion policy, gay marriage, or other cheap wins.


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