Originally Posted by Rizla
You've made some interesting comments and my opinion has shifted a little. But not much. I do recognize that Amazon like any corporation is going to avoid tax as much as it can. What is questionable is that they are allowed to avoid such a huge amount of tax. As a trend, what does that mean for our society? I find it alarming that such an amoral entity is increasingly controlling the future of the printed word. I also find it bizarre that normal people defend it.
I think the argument that avoiding $2 billion or $2,000 is the same except for degree is spurious. This is the real world and a difference of degree does make all the difference. Who is worse? The murderer that kills 2 people or the murderer that kills 200,000? Obviously the latter causes more suffering.
Actually, a murderer is a murderer, in the eyes of the law. The person who murders 200,000, though, is usually called a "politician".
Now...if you want to get into the "morality" of a company, maybe you should look at their charitable contributions and the causes they support...to me, what they give back to society is MUCH more important than what they pay to a government--governments are at best, amoral, and at worst, immoral by nature.