In the previous chapter, I suggest how conduct we might view from outside as corrupt might be understood by those engaged in it differently, as the exercise of virtue, specifically the virtue of loyalty. If loyalty conflicts with norms, then violation of norms becomes consistent with moral conduct. The liberal ideal can with reason be assumed to support an attack on norms and thus turn what would otherwise be considered the hallmark of corruption into a virtue. This virtue is part of the new morality of self-interest meant to replace the morality of subjection to the group and what are experienced as its arbitrary norms of behavior.
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