QUOTE(everyking @ Thu 18th October 2007, 7:08am)
Couldn't help but laugh at the title here (although I agree with it). Somebody ask Jimbo what he thinks about the "power of altruism" (OK, I'll tell you--he thinks it's evil).
Well, that would be consistent with the standard Randist view that altruism is sick and wrong. Of course, Randists start by misdefining altruism so that anyone who does a good deed is just a sucker. In practice, Randists don't so much mind the existence of suckers, since they can be taken advantage of; they just don't want to be suckers themselves. Or, more accurately, they want to have an excuse not to help others when it's inconvenient to them. So maybe Jimbo will just smile and encourage people to freely donate their contributions to WP, snickering under his breath.
Of course, editing WP has little to do with the idiotic Randist view of altruism, because the editor does get a certain sort of reward. Consider that when Jayjg edits the circumcision articles to reflect his pro-snippy views, he's not doing it out of the kindness of his heart, he's making a political statement by altering a public "encyclopedia" to support his views.