Spinoza wrote a classic work- Ethics. Centuries later we are still debating, this week you would have seen the picture of Ken Lay in handcuffs and surely you would have read about ethics in business.
"I believe in God and I believe in free markets," says the son of a Baptist minister who ended up as one of the most famous business people in America now. He is almost evangelical of free market economies. "That' s the fairest way to allocate and price resources," he says. " It does create more wealth and a higher standard of living for people than any other alternative. That ought to be the conclusive statement on markets."
He has a doctorate in economics from the University of Houston and serves on the Board of Trustees of his church. When he dies, he trusts God will consider him a good and faithful servant.
Some much needed fresh perspective- you might say, read on...
"I think if you looked at my total life as a businessman, the way I treated people, the opportunities I' ve created for people standards of living that have been impacted for the better, I certainly hope he would," says Lay.
To read the full interview with Kenneth Lay, go here. To do a quick refresh on Spinoza, try here.
Thanks db32 for the link to an msnbc interactive module on what really happened at Enron.