I was reading an editorial by the former publisher of the National Review endorsing Barack Obama. It was interesting. But this is not a political post.
He quoted someone I must admit I’d never previously heard of (but has an interesting Wikipedia entry):
“Every great cause,” Eric Hoffer wrote, “begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”
That struck a cord with me. I don’t know if it’s true, but my gut suspects that it is. I’ve seen the “great cause” of independent role-playing games go from a movement to a business. Is there any way to fight human nature and the lessons of history and stop it from becoming a racket?