"So would you say that the percentage of business people who are immoral or break the law is higher than the general population who are immoral or break the law?
Why do we just assume that business owners are immoral or law breakers? Is that not the same as assuming someone is bad based on their color, race, religious belief, or sexual orientation? We can go to jail for this, but not for being prejudiced against businessmen.
Often business people are deemed guilty until proven innocent, but everyone else is innocent until proven guilty. " etc. etc.
Nick, since business people come from the general population, I think they're about as immoral, no higher, no lower. And I don't assume ALL business owners are immoral or law breakers. I assume some are (and it's pretty obvious, don't you think, that that's been borne out?).
Your belief/argument simply loses steam when you couch things in such stark black and white terms. You don't want to seem to admit that there are immoral business people, that there exists evil in significant amounts in some people, etc. It's because of this very human tendency, which most of us keep (mostly) at bay, to engage in dishonest conduct that requires some type of regulatory system. Not all, but too many people are simply not able to self regulate (the old 'locks are for honest people' bit).
So, I don't think 'business people' are bad or evil, but I certainly believe SOME business people are bad and even evil, just as I believe (well, know really) that some 'just plain people' are bad and even evil.
It's that shades of grey thing again.