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Towards quantifiable metrics warranting industry-wide corporate death penalties
Social Sciences
  • Joshua M. Pearce, Michigan Technological University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
2-18-2019
Abstract

In the singular search for profits, some corporations inadvertently kill humans. If this routinely occurs throughout an industry, it may no longer serve a net positive social purpose for society and should be eliminated. This article provides a path to an objective quantifiable metric for determining when an entire industry warrants the corporate death penalty. First, a theoretical foundation is developed with minimum assumptions necessary to provide evidence for corporate public purposes. This is formed into an objective quantifiable metric with publicly-available data and applied to two case studies in the U.S.: the tobacco and coal mining industries. The results show the American tobacco industry kills 4 times more people per year than it employs, and the American coal-mining industry kills more than one American every year for every coal miner employed. The results clearly warrant industry-wide corporate death penalties for both industries in America. Future work is discussed to ensure industries only exist to benefit humanity in all the societies in which they operate.

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© 2019 by the author. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Article deposited here in compliance with publisher policies. Publisher's version of record: https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8020062
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Joshua M. Pearce. "Towards quantifiable metrics warranting industry-wide corporate death penalties" Social Sciences Vol. 8 Iss. 2 (2019)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jmpearce/209/