PURSUING A DREAM
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What is the cost?
Wealth is another major reason many sacrifice their reputation. A great example of this is Gordon Gekko, a character in the 1987 film "Wall Street". He addresses what is wrong with this country's economy and the vice presidents of companies to the company's stockholders.. “Now, in the days of the free market, when our country was a top industrial power, there was accountability to the stockholder. The Carnegies, the Mellons, the men that built this great industrial empire, made sure of it because it was their money at stake. Today, management has no stake in the company!”(Gekko Greed). He suggests many things such as the fact that America used to be a top industrial power but didn't take care of the money responsibly. He also suggests that vice presidents such as the ones of Tedlar Paper or contributing to the downfall of the economy. His message to the stockholders, is that the economy needs to be saved from the selfish vice presidents and that it is the stockholders job to rise up and take over. Gekko argues that these vice presidents are corrupt and will even illegally bring in more money for themselves to go on with "their hunting and fishing trips, their corporate jets and golden parachutes"(Gekko Greed). They will sacrifice anything for money including their reputation. Although this was a movie it is based on true events that took place on Wall Street. The Inside Job is a documentary film produced in 2010 which covers the aspects of the financial crisis, America was in a few years ago. Many companies, such as Goldman Sachs Lehman Brothers are accused of fraud and inside trading. In an attempt to be as successful as possible, these companies deceive the ones who trusted them sacrificing their reputation for wealth.
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