03/06/19 – A Moral Guy




Also there’s the moral that if you can’t rob your cohorts blind, at least get the credit for being magnanimous.


  1. Peter Rogan

    Keeping your head is good advice for most situations. In fact, I can’t think of one where that would be an advantage. Unless you’re a professional berserk, and protocol demands it.

  2. TB

    It is a practical solution. While mercenaries screwing other people over is a longtime story trope, it’s probably more likely that the successful ones would keep their deals. Even the Ferengi considered contracts inviolable, but watch out for fine print.

    That, and anyplace that money would be spendable is probably too close to civilization for comfort.

  3. Muzhik

    Reminds me of #49 on Schlock Mercenary’s “70 Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries”:

    Every client is one missed payment away from becoming a target, and every target is one bribe away from becoming a client.

  4. Randall R. Besch

    As long as you can out bid the other contractors you can win and they can lose their heads. If you know about it and who they are and what they look like…

    Mercenaries have no allegiance except to a steady paycheck. So loyalty is out of the question.

  5. Nezumi

    I mean, from a strict individualist perspective (such as that proposed by Objectivism), it *is* a moral imperative, as individual (“rational”) self-interest is the greatest possible good.

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