The Christian Science Monitor has an excellent article "Costa Concordia captain: symbol of the era?" In that commentary
Robert Marquand writes:"The Concordia captain's missteps and failure to take
responsibility have spurred deeper discussion about a dearth of moral
leaders. ... The crisis of leadership extends beyond Italy and has been written about extensively – and the Concordia is a good metaphor." The Captain and crew of the "US Ship of State" are sailing obliviously at full speed forward into the rocks of insolvency.