Now that we have celebrated labor day, it is fitting that we reflect on the fact
the United States laborer: Skilled, unskilled, professional and small business owner, is the hardest working laborer on the
planet. Not only that, they are close to being the least rewarded for benefits and vacation time. One of the background
issues in Inventions is corporate greed, or making money at all costs. I won’t
go into the details of how this issue plays into the plot, because I want you to read the book and see for yourself.
However, this issue is even more of an issue today than during the setting of the book. More and
more corporate executives have been caught modifying the books, back dating stock options and committing other corporate sins.
Of course Enron represents the poster child for this corporate mentality. Even today, we see the
greed on the part of mortgage lenders and junk bond companies that has led to the problems in the sub-prime market.
It is estimated that 358 individuals own more financial wealth than half the world’s population collectively
owns. About one billion people earn less than one dollar a day. We see China ignoring the problems of millions
of people while the elite of China amass wealth. The middle class in the U.S. is fighting to survive. We
see the world’s natural resources being plundered to the point that we will be unable to sustain human life without
some drastic measures being taken. We are told that globalization is a good thing and that it is here to
stay. But one must ask what has happened to our corporate morality? This is also one of the subjects in
a non-fiction book that I am currently working on. What are your thoughts?