Thanksgiving, Ethics and Donald Trump
It is Thanksgiving and in theory a time for reflection and giving thanks. But, this is 2005 and we get two hours of Donald Trump.
In the second hour of the Apprentice we are treated to a moral lesson. Take advantage of your opponents, ignore your likelihood of repeated interactions with them, lie to vendors, and go on to prosper.
One of Donald's "teams" (one has to use the word loosely -- at this stage of the Apprentice the team is more a marriage of convenience by two sworn enemies) discovers a key supplier to the other team. Armed with this knowledge they swoop in, lie about their identity, and procure all of a vital supply.
The Donald's reaction "I think it is great."
Ah yes in a winner-take-all world the correct moral lesson on Thanksgiving day is not "remember how one plays is as important as winning -- especially in a networked world with repeated interactions," but rather "lie, cheat, steal -- winning is not everything it is the only thing."
Thus the very idea that the Indians helped the Pilgrims -- well... how stupid of the Indians. Thanksgiving according to the Donald logic is a celebration of the lambs being set up to be slaughtered.
Compare and contrast this with the "it does not need to be this way" commentary on Trump's own blog in a post entitled "Corporate Corruption: If You Have to Lie, Cheat, and Steal, You're Just Not Doing it Right"
I find all this rather repugnant but reflective of the society in which we live.
And people buy apartments from this man .....