Why Businessmen Are More Honest than Preachers, Politicians, and Professors
By Dwight R. Lee
This article appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of The Independent Review

Businessmen interested in long-run survival are more honest in their professional dealings than are many other groups in society—not because they are more virtuous, but because they face more effective constraints. Their customers can usually detect and avoid deception more easily than can a politician’s constituents, a professor’s students, and a preacher’s congregants.

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