Sunday, January 16, 2011

Enlightened Greed

PenGun had an interesting comment earlier.

Disappointing but not surprising given the greed driven agenda, I mean where would you get enlightened self interest from in that salivating morass of acquisition ... greed.

He seems to think that enlightened self-interest is different from greed in some way. It is not. Enlightened self-interest is smart greed. It is greed that sees other utility besides money, besides power. It is greed that sees that the universe does not have to be a zero sum game. It seems like the right sees unenlightened greed and wants to enlighten it, harness it, and make it a positive while the left just wants to eliminate greed itself, which like most core aspects of human nature, is simply impossible.