Open Letter to Legislators and Others to Support the Rule of Law



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The economic system of free enterprise and our cherished democratic institutions depend on the certainty, stability, integrity, and legitimacy provided by the rule of law.  The signatories to this letter urge legislators and others in public service to act decisively to promote and preserve rule of law values and other ethical principles, especially in these difficult times.

 

Recent actions taken by the White House threaten to undermine the rule of law in the United States.  The President, who often mentions his Wharton School education as evidence of his intelligence and business acumen, appears to demand nothing more or less than blind loyalty to his leadership.

 

This kind of loyalty is corrosive to the rule of law.  History reveals that allegiance to a leader solely for the sake of allegiance can result in an indelible moral stain.  We hope that those in public service as well as the private sector will act out of principle, and not only loyalty, to assure that the bedrock values supporting the rule of law are preserved and honored.

 

There are now more than 95,000 Wharton alumni who take pride in the foundational values of their alma mater.  From its inception in 1881, Wharton has integrated professional and moral values in its curriculum, embracing responsibility and accountability in both private and public sectors, and supporting the rule of law in the United States and around the world.  These values should not now be lost or forsaken by our leaders, whether they are in corporate boardrooms or at the highest reaches of government.

 



This letter reflects the individual views of its signatories only and does not represent any official position of the Wharton School or the University of Pennsylvania. The Wharton School takes no political position and does not comment on its students, alumni, or faculty.

 

[signatures in alphabetical order]

 

Gad Allon

Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions

 

Brian Berkey

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics

 

Steven G. Blum

Lecturer in Legal Studies and Business Ethics

 

Lawrence D. Brown
Miers Busch Professor
Professor of Statistics

 

Patricia M. Danzon

Celia Moh Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus of Health Care Management

 

Guy David

Gilbert and Shelley Harrison Associate Professor of Health Management
Director of Education, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

 

George Day

Geoffrey T. Boisi Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus of Marketing

 

Neil Doherty

Fredrick H. Ecker Professor Emeritus of Insurance and Risk Management

Professor Emeritus of Business Economics and Public Policy

 

Gerald R. Faulhaber

Professor Emeritus of Business Economics and Public Policy

Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania Law School

 

Marshall L. Fisher

UPS Professor
Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions

 

Dean P. Foster

Marie and Joseph Melone Professor Emeritus
Professor Emeritus of Statistics

 

Stew Friedman

Practice Professor of Management

Director of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project

 

Noah Gans

Anheuser-Busch Professor of Management Science

Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions

 

Etan Green

Assistant Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions

 

Joseph E. Harrington, Jr.
Patrick T. Harker Professor

Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy

 

Witold Henisz

Deloitte & Touche Professor

Professor of Management

 

John C. Hershey

Anheuser-Busch Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus of Operations, Information and Decisions

Professor Emeritus of Health Care Management

 

Barbara E. Kahn

Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor Professor of Marketing

Director, Jay H. Baker Retailing Center

 

Stephen J. Kobrin

Professor Emeritus of Management

 

Howard Kunreuther

James G. Dinan Professor

Co-Director, Risk Management and Decision Processes Center

Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions

 

William S. Laufer

Julian Aresty Professor

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Sociology, and Criminology

Director, Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research

 

Leonard M. Lodish

Samuel R. Harrell Professor Emeritus

Professor of Marketing

Leader and Co-Founder, the Global Consulting Practicum

Senior Advisor, Wharton San Francisco

 

Cade Massey

Practice Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions

 

Donald F. Morrison

Professor Emeritus of Statistics

 

Eric W. Orts

Guardsmark Professor

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics

Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership

 

Arnold J. Rosoff

Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies and Health Care Management

 

Maurice Schweitzer

Cecilia Yen Koo Professor

Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions

 

Amy Sepinwall

James G. Campbell, Jr. Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics

 

Paul Shaman

Professor Emeritus of Statistics

 

Joseph Simmons

Associate Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions

 

Kenneth L. Shropshire

David W. Hauck Professor

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics

Director, Wharton Sports Business Initiative

 

Deborah Small

Laura and John J. Pomerantz Professor

Professor of Marketing

Professor of Psychology

 

Dylan S. Small

Class of 1965 Wharton Professor

Professor of Statistics

 

Hummy Song

Assistant Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions

 

J. Michael Steele

Professor of Statistics

Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions

 

Alan Strudler

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics

 

Karl T. Ulrich

CIBC Endowed Professor
Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions

 

Michael Useem

Professor of Management

 

Kevin Werbach

Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics

 

Jerry (Yoram) Wind

Lauder Professor

Professor of Marketing

Academic Director, The Wharton Fellows Program

Director, SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management