Q: The library at my alma mater (in Canada) tosses an unknown number of books and journals into dumpsters in the middle of the night and tells nobody. The library at my new school (in America) sends out a letter to the faculty announcing that they will be tossing 22% of their holdings into dumpsters (though they will try first to give some away to prison libraries.) Which is better?
A: The head of the Canadian library displays shame. He knows what he’s doing is wrong — at any rate, he knows that everyone around him will see it as wrong. He thus positions himself correctly on the side of evil. The head of the U.S. library thinks that as long as you move through the proper channels, wring your hands a bit, and say you have no choice, any act can be defined as morally legitimate and performed above-board. His actions are substantially more sinister.