This idea of every person as 'an island' who is essentially driven by consumerism and base motives
has led to, paradoxically, the narrowing of choice.
Bown, while pointing out the often base motives
, flawed personalities, self-aggrandizing rationalizations, and ruthless behavior of the merchant kings that are the subject of this book, goes easy on them compared to the assessment of most historians of European colonization.
He considers base motives
, soldiers of fortune, propaganda war, spies for hire, database state, and other dimensions.
Though not one to deny the existence of such base motives
, I would insist that the crisis has its roots in key policy decisions stretching back over decades.
He said the decision to ban Meyer from the newspaper was not based on any base motives
by administrators but on Meyer's continuing to advise the students "when the University has assigned the role to someone else