"The job of politicians and CEOs is to look very much like human beings. But they are peculiarly constrained by their public roles. It doesn't really matter whether leaders are personally moral or not, because in their public lives they're constrained from acting with the kind of compassion and reason we associate with the idea of being fully human. Their highest priority must at all times be the defense of profits, to which logic and morality are always without question subordinated. . . Where decency threatens profits, our leaders have no choice but to abandon their humanity as if it did not exist, or to risk disappearing from public view."

David Edwards speaking to Derrick Jensen, "The Culture of Make Believe"