Robert Tracinski Wrote an excellent piece today about the global warming controversy that Peter Gleick started.
In a nutshell, these guys think they are doing the right thing so they are able to justify lying and stealing.
The path to hell is paved with good intentions.
We have an idealized version of good and evil in our minds and there is nothing wrong with having a black and white view of what good versus evil IDEAS are, but you will never find a person who is purely evil and knows it. A real person who is evil will always find a way to justify himself. Ellsworth Toohey is a character in Ayn Rand's Fountainhead, and he is a caricature, an ideal bad guy, an illustration of what a villain looks like. He is evil and he knows it. This doesn't happen in real life, but that's what a novel is supposed to do: boil things down to their essentials and present ideas in their purest form, embodied by a character.
In real life, you have guys like Gleick.