[FoRK] Re: An armed society... (freakin' Canada.)

James Tauber <jtauber at jtauber.com> on Wed Sep 19 05:23:29 PDT 2007

> But let's kill one bad meme in its tracks:  greed is a *positive*  
> force, not a negative one, in the sense that self-interest in  
> individuals it is a constructive urge.  It's important to  
> distinguish that constructive urge (wanting something --- money,  
> chicks, a giant CPU farm, world peace, whatever) from the  
> destructive urge of *not wanting somebody else to have something.*   
> We loosely use the term "greed" to mean both things;  in fact, they  
> are distinct.

The lack of distinction in large part due to people wrongly thinking  
everything is a zero-sum game.


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