In a noncontroversial and rather cut and dry article Sherry Colb picks apart the argument that ghost writing is a form of protected speech.
I can't imagine paying up to $100 a page to have someone write a term paper for me. And with college education costs as high as they are, I wonder what students can actually afford ghost writers. But ghost writers prosper, so there must be quite a few who can afford their services.
I think sports and games are useful for determining a person's propensity for cheating. I don't remember where I read it, but years ago I came across this: "People who cheat in life don't necessarily cheat at golf. But people who cheat at golf can be counted on to cheat in life." I may not have quoted it exactly, but I think you get the point. I've had my fair share of experiences of playing with people who had no problem with cheating. Why did they cheat? They won. No matter what the cost or who is robbed of what's rightfully theirs, they didn't want to be a loser. Losing is, well, for losers. Winning is superior. Winning is everything. Winning is the only thing.
I think there's an important lesson to be learned here.
Especially if you want to be a real winner.
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