Many conservatives have judged the recent United Airlines debacle as a simple matter of non-compliance by an unruly passenger. An argument that ignores the broader implications of such an appalling incident. Despite the fact the airline industry relies on taxpayer dollars to build airports and support their infrastructure-these same conservatives dispute David Dao’s right to engage in civil disobedience by refusing to relinquish his seat in protest to an economic calculus that determined profits are the most important metric in their decision-making. What the United Airlines fiasco demonstrated if nothing else, was a lack of fairness, an attribute which deems people have a responsibility to one another. Unfortunately, for too many conservatives, their blind adherence to unjust corporate rules and the laws of capitalism hampers their ability to associate fairness with responsibility. This disconnect creates rigid conformity and invites an ensuing empathy gap that misconstrues any effort to bend the arc of change towards equality, social justice and decency. The result is an inattentiveness to the dignity of others-which requires no achievement other than existence. We have allowed corporations’ increasing latitude and in several instances this has resulted in positive outcomes towards greater social consciousness. However, far too often the outcome places profits ahead of dignity and exploits the worst in human behavior. It therefore should come as little surprise that when left to its own devices, corporatism does some things badly or not at all. The privileging of profits over people should never be the measure of a corporate ethos. This lack of compassion paves the way to unjust wages, poor working conditions, the degradation of the environment and the loss of human dignity. In the case of United Airlines, it also led to a passenger being bloodied and dragged down the aisle of an aircraft.