Essay Questions on The Disposable American You will be required to write on one of the following two questions on the Final Exam. Your answer should be thorough, and specific enough to indicate that you’ve read the entirety of Uchitelle’s book, thoughtfully. The question will be worth 20 points. 1. The economic motivation behind layoffs is corporate self-interest: it is undertaken to increase profits or prevent losses to the firm. The moral justification offered for such practices is Utilitarian: in the long run, all things considered, laying off employees has a better effect on the general happiness than refraining from layoffs would. Uchitelle denies this. Why? What are some of the assumptions behind this optimistic view that Uchitelle calls into question? What are some of the hidden or unappreciated costs (to
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