The White Spiritual Boy Trust offers a way to think about scams and cons — and to realise this current imbroglio has lots of historical antecedents.
“The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.
Greed, in all of its forms, greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge, has marked the upward surge in mankind and greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. Thank you very much.”
— Gordon Gekko in Wall Street
Years ago, back when the internet was still a wonderful, half-understood landscape, and as we were all (or at least most of us) trying to find our way through it, we began seeing a fascinating, but irritating trend starting to flood into our email inboxes.
These importuning messages started…