Fascinating, wide-ranging group interview with Louis C.K. Here’s a bit regarding piracy and bootlegging:
To steal from someone and not feel bad, you either have to be a
sociopath or view the act differently. One way is to remove
“Someone” from the equation. You’re not stealing from a person.
Big companies do a lot to help people view them as less than
human. I heard a speech by Noam Chomsky who said that corporations
are like super humans. They cannot be hurt like a human can and
they never die. They are not susceptible to scrutiny or
accountability. This makes them more profitable. If companies want
to enjoy these benefits to some degree they have to live with what
else comes with being not human. You miss out on compassion,
forgiveness, camaraderie, empathy, trust all kinds of shit.