Thursday, June 13, 2013

"There's A Lot of Money in that White Powder" - Telemarketing Edition

Posted by Jeff Lipshaw (cross-posted at PrawfsBlawg)

  UnknownThose were Sonny's words when the Don asked his view of the narcotics proposal Virgil Sollozzo was bringing to the Corleone Family.  The estimable Tom Hagen was more fulsome in his assessment:

Well, I say yes. There's more money potential in narcotics than anything else we're looking at. Now if we don't get into it, somebody else will. Maybe one of the Five Families, maybe all of them. Now with the money they earn, they can buy more police and political power; then they come after us. Now we have the unions, we have the gambling; an' they're the best things to have. But narcotics is a thing of the future. An' if we don't get a piece of that action, we risk everything we have -- I mean not now, but ah ten years from now.
There are many of us who believe that The Godfather is an inexhaustible source of appropriate metaphor, and this morning I apply it to a telephone marketing scheme from what you would think was an otherwise reputable company.   And with a certain humility given the number of decisions like this in which I was involved in my corporate career (one only hopes for the better - i.e. "there but for the grace of God go I"), I'm prepared to pass judgment on this one below the break.

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