Capitalism that relies on bribes, payoffs, buying influence or bending the rules is simply, not Capitalism; this is Crony Capitalism. Capitalism is about competing to develop better products or services. We will see better products or services if competitors all play by the same set of rules. When Crony Capitalists win by buying political favor, bending the rules of what is legal, and not actually competing- real capitalists lose. Our country’s products become inferior to foreign products that just work better and we loose domestic capability and jobs. Executives agree to corporate fines but are not held personally legally accountable. Financial services companies for example, often work at the edges of the law with institutionalized practices to maximize their profits and sometime intentionally cross that legal line if they feel they won’t get caught. For example, many have been cited for packaging investments that they know will be massively harmful and in gross violation of client fiduciary responsibilities. Look at the taxpayer-required bailout of AGI’s collapse after they massively purchased bundled junk mortgage derivatives. The financial services industries that sold what were junk packaged derivative investments made as much money as AGI lost and suffered no consequences except for revisions to the future laws. These kind of ‘legal border-line’ and obviously unethical practices are often institutionalized and commonly practiced with less obvious impact at lower levels. Penalties that seem like huge fines are minuscule compared to returns- and in fact, are so trivial that they actually incentivize these practices. No corporate executives are personally or legally held accountable. Similar rule-bending practices are commonplace in most large corporations. I think that the highest level company officers need to be held legally accountable for any illicit practice that they are responsible for. If they did not know of illegal practices that they should have known about, they are still legally accountable since it was their job to. I haven’t even got to the practices of giving our esteemed congressional Republican dinosaurs large gifts, soft funds and insider information.