posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 05:10 PM
I would say for the most part, more un-ethical. Even in my own case of trying to acquire wealth, I have acted unethically and admit to it freely. I
have changed my ways since.
Guilt was the catalyst that made me see the light. Guilt is something that I do not want to carry to my death.
In this monetary system that we use, it is almost essential that you act this way, either by exaggerating the benefits of your product/service and at
the same time criticising your competitors products/service ,even when you are aware that a competitors product/service is better/cheaper.
Commonly known as "white lies". IMO white lies are just lies, and lies are unethical.
We call this competition, and the rich are probably considered the winners in this competition. Competition in regards to economics requires one to
use "every trick in the book" to maximise profits however unethical it is. Manipulating a tax system, delaying/not paying creditors,
bending/ignoring laws, setting up trusts/tax havens etc, could be considered unethical.
But the word unethical is subjective. "Ethics, also known as moral philosophy, is a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and
recommending concepts of right and wrong behavior".
I doubt that most of the rich have any set "moral philosophy" as such. Its the umbrella of laws and legality that the rich work under not ethics.
Ethics as we all know are mostly ignored/deflected in any monetary system that involves competitive free market forces.
Ethics and a free market are incompatible. They shouldnt be but they are.
Legality without any or very little moral philosophy is what drives this current economic system.
So to be successful in this system ethics are ignored for the most part and legalities are embraced.
IMO with this in mind, for the most part "the rich are more unethical". There are exceptions of course, but not many.