I think that companies should profit in ways that are "right", rather than ways that are "wrong". I think we can agree that they -can- in fact profit by totally screwing people? That in many cases it is easier to do so? I just don't think they should.
I think it's evil when they profit by hurting people rather than eating the costs involved in -not- hurting people. If a thousand people have to get cancer for the company to turn a profit, they -should- bloody well go out of business.
Do you really think that it's okay to hurt people for profit? That's nuts if you do
RE: Oil companies, the most common "wrong" way they profit is by artificially propping up the price of gas...as you yourself pointed out, this has a negative impact on the entire economy. It's like sucking the grease out of your axel...friction ensues.