There is sometimes in the social order a favouring shadow thrown over iniquitous trades, in which they thrive.Victor Hugo - L'Homme qui rit (1869)
Once one sets out to identify modern iniquitous trades and their favouring shadows, the sheer number of them becomes a little daunting. It isn't merely trade either. All professions cast their favouring shadows as a matter of policy, often sheltering charlatans and bunglers as a matter of policy too.
One might begin with banking, many national charities, professional sport, the IOC, climatologists, wind turbine subsidy-seekers and so on, but the list soon becomes overwhelming and ethically complex. The trade in health nostrums from pharmaceuticals to herbal remedies for example.
When I first envisaged this post, I thought a modern list might short. It isn’t.