I was watching the film American Gangster, I appreciate this is removed from reality even if its based on true events, but at the beginning of it there's a dying gangster who bemoans the replacement of local and small with large and upscale, they go to a discount store and the guy says there is no such thing as pride in ownership or a personal service.
This is something that interests me, its similar to the support of property chapter in Nisbet's book on Conservatism, in which he quotes a journalist or writer attacking a mine owner who had had strikers shot down, not because he'd shot them down but because he'd hesitated to shoot them down. The reason being that while life is fleeting that property and assets are not.
In each instance I think what is being stated is at once morally abhorent but has also more than an element of truth. What's everyones opinion on that?