Tim Ireland, in particular, knows how to send little armies off around the blogsophere. In this post linking here, there's a bit of discussion around plagiarism (it's bad, it seems), so it is with hesitation that I nick this from one of his commenters, one John Eatwell:
Reminds me of that John Kenneth Galbraith quote: "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
And while we're on the subject, I'd take issue with B4L's endorsement of this:
On greed.... If unusually many airplanes crash during a given week, do you blame gravity? No. Greed, like gravity, is a constant. It can't explain why the number of crashes is higher than usual.
If you reward greed, and create channels in which people can exercise and perfect greedy behaviour, greed is liklely to be more prevalent and more effective at buggering up the lives of innocent onlookers.
Ask yourself this: Look at a Sunday newspaper. In it, you will find examples of reporters doing utterly disgusting things to people in order to get a story. Horrible things, done in public, in the knowledge that the punishment will be tiny compared to the reward.
If these people were not incentivised to do so, would they have published Kate McCann's diary without her permission, (or done any of the things that the Express group did to that unfortunate family) for example?