RSDQ8 - Inas Syed RSDQ 8 The writings that we talked about...

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Inas Syed RSDQ 8 The writings that we talked about this week in class were the chapter 4 called The Fire in Hamlet from State-Corporate Crime: Wrongdoing at the Intersection of Business and Government by Raymond Michalowski and Judy Aulette and Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future by Robert Reich part two. The Fire in Hamlet is about the fire in the Imperial Food Products in the chicken processing plant in Hamlet, NC. This fire killed 25 workers and injured another 56. The tragedy that happened here was a controversial event because it could have been prevented. The doors that were supposed to be used in case of a fire were locked because the employees said that “they were locked to keep the employees from stealing chicken nuggets.” The company did not follow safety regulations but they had an “interwoven pattern of regulatory failure on the part of several state and federal agencies played a significant role in creating the conditions that led to the tragedy” (Michalowksi, Aulette, pg 45). The failure to make sure that all the safety regulations are met should be considered a crime. The book states that the “state safety inspections had fallen to their lowest level in sixteen years” (Parker, Menn and O’Brien 1991:1). This shows that this human disaster happened because of the irresponsibility of the state to allocate money and resources to the company. The Imperial Plant fire happened because of the relationship between the government and corporations. Because of this we know that this applies to being a state-corporate crime that the authors had defined earlier in the book as “illegal or socially injurious actions that occur when one or more institutions of political governance pursue a goal in direct cooperation with one or more institutions of economic production and distribution.” The state and the
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corporations dealings go hand in had. They virtually cannot be separated from one another because of how entangled everything is with another. Both parties should be investigate and
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