Three Shifts in how we think about Corporate Crime

Almost 100 years on, and we still have not implemented the basic split of organized crime.  If we are to fight this scourge, we need to identify the businessmen, lawyers, accountants and other accomplices who help enable white-collar crime.

  1. From serious criminal activity to a focus on ‘who’ is doing the harmful activity—i.e. separation of mobsters from white-collar Criminals.Change in approach

 

  1. From criminal ‘harm’ to ‘criminal intent’ i.e. the factory owner did not intend for the locked building to collapse. Occupational murder becomes ‘business as usual’.
  2. From the embeddedness of capital to the focus on individual enablers—’bad apple’ lawyers, accountants, individual bureaucrats, rather than the capitalistic system as a whole.
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