edited and republished 28 Aug 2014.
Capitalism has an undisputed record of wealth generation, yet it has always functioned under a cloud of moral suspicion. In a culture that venerates Mother Teresa as a paragon of virtue, businessmen sit in stoic silence while their pursuit of profits is denounced as selfish greed.
Greed is nothing but perhaps-excessive desire. While so many unthinking humans call others greedy, greed is neither immoral nor illegal, except when it a “greedy” individual turns to immoral acts such as stealing, extortion or other acts of Force against another.