In Michael Mann's gripping new movie The Insider, the two central characters uphold the truth through acts of corporate disobediencethe moral equivalent of civil disobedience in an age when the threat to freedom so often comes from corporate rather than state power.
J. Fife Symington III, the Republican governor of
Arizona, is so conservative that he has sought to abolish the state's Depart
ment of Education. But, poor fellow, he's broke, as the Economist recently
reported. When he was elected in 1991, Symington said he was worth $10 million.
Three months later, he claimed his net worth dropped to a negative $23 million.
These things happen. This past fall, in an unprecedented step for a sitting
governor, Symington filed for bank ruptcy protection under Chapter 7, which
allows him to stiff his creditors and get a fresh start in life.
As an art form, caricature is fun. The caricature of ideas, however, does not have the same appeal. And when the caricaturists seek to arouse fears and anxieties by distorting unfamiliar ideas into misshapen and threatening images of insidious evil and betrayal, they do public debate and even their own case a great disservice.