Is Greed Good?

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In Oliver Stone's classic Wall Street, which came out in 1987, there is a monologue that will transcend time, and be forever associated with Wall Street and the ultra-wealthy. “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.” This dramatic speech was given by Gordon Gekko (played by Micheal Douglas) a wealthy businessman, who through this speech is trying to convey the message that greed leads to overall personal, and economic growth. However, many wonder if this is true, can greed ever really be good? Also, is the director Oliver Stone trying to make a statement about corporate America and the ultra wealthy?

Is greed good? well it depends on which way you look at it, and the people you talk to. Greed as defined by Webster's dictionary is “the selfish and excessive desire for more of something than is necessary” Many business people of the world believe that greed is the driving incentive for any person to produce a product. These people believe that if we didn't have greed, no one would bother going to school or work, because what would be the point? There would be no driving factor to make a person want to do anything. However, business people have a flaw in their argument, they believe that money is the only incentive for a person to do anything. Their mind cannot fathom the thought of a person being generous or charitable when they unable to receive a monetary compensation. They do not understand why people donate their money to charity, or volunteer their time. They are unable to conceive that a person ...

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...s truly a bad thing, Oliver Stone had Gordon Gekko go to jail for insider trading further adding to his point that greed is bad, and those who are greedy will get caught.

Oliver Stone uses Gordon Gekko as a symbol of corporate greed in the United States, culminating in his Gekko's famous monologue. Stone however, disagrees with the main theme in that monologue that greed is good. I also believe that greed is not good. Looking around at the world especially in this day in age, corporate bankers are pulling in million dollar bonuses as their companies fail, their customers default on their loans is one of the sickest and most disturbing acts of greed that the world has ever seen. I do not believe that anyone who has lived through the past recession will ever consider greed to be a good thing.

Greed is the inventor of injustice as well as the current enforcer.