Volkswagen: Crass Crony Corporate Capitalistic Capitulation

“Appeasers believe that if you keep on throwing steaks to a tiger, the tiger will become a vegetarian.” H. Broun… Absolutely goddamn right.

Watts Up With That?

Guest Opinion: Dr. Tim Ball

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Winston Churchill famously defined an appeaser as someone who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. In the debate about global warming, business, especially large corporations, is the largest sector of appeasers and some, like Volkswagen, are now, rightfully, paying the price.

Churchill was talking about Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement with Adolf Hitler. In a classic example of the claim that fact is stranger than fiction, it was Adolf Hitler who sketched the design for the first Volkswagen (Figure1).

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Figure 1

Volkswagen was caught programming their performance monitoring computers to give lower readings on exhaust emissions when subjected to government testing. The rest of the time the program was set to provide optimum fuel performance for the driver. They deserve every admonition, fines, and loss of sales, for a totally self-inflicted wound. It’s what happens when you try to serve two masters. A few…

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