Moral bankruptcy is a great leading indicator of success, and the best ones can get you to balance your wallet on the end of your nose and bark like a seal, as you buy products that you utterly despise. Companies with the work ethic of a serial killer, like British Petroleum (NYSE:BP) come to mind, but you can also add other firms to the list, like Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), Citicorp (NYSE:C), Pfizer (NYSE:PFE), and Altria (NYSE:MO).
Adams initially started investing in companies he loved, like Enron, WorldCom, and Webvan, and absolutely lost his shirt. Adams’ advice to BP is not to waste money on artificial, sincere ad campaigns apologizing, but get us to hate them more. Bring on more dead bird pictures!
Who is Adams about to hate next? Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), because he irrationally craves their products, resents their emotional control over his entire family, can’t get ITunes to work, and is appalled by those aloof black turtlenecks that Steve Jobs wears. For my own recent piece on Apple, please click here. To read the entire, hilarious piece in full, please click here .