Corporations Are Replacing Churches as America's Conscience

In the aftermath of the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia — and Donald Trump's controversially tepid response — a surprising group has emerged as the self-proclaimed voice of public morality: corporations.

Members of Trump's Manufacturing Jobs Initiative and his Strategy and Policy Forum, including the CEOs of companies like Blackstone and 3M, determined that Trump's implicit association with white supremacists was bad for the nation — or at least, bad for business. They resigned from the advisory positions, prompting the president to eventually just shut the councils down completely.

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