The intent of the action is solely held by the individual 'acting'. In my case, Essent ascribes my motivations as quite low, while many readers place them on a pedestal. The truth is somewhere in between. The comment about Publius took me back to my 7th grade Civics class, so very long ago.
"The consciousness of good intentions disdains ambiguity. I shall not, however, multiply professions on this head. My motives must remain in the depository of my own breast. My arguments will be open to all, and may be judged of by all. They shall at least be offered in a spirit which will not disgrace the cause of truth." -'Publius' The Federalist No. 1
Hamilton probably wrote the bulk of the Federalist Papers, but the contributions of John Jay and James Madison are far from forgotten. Could you imagine those authors having the power of blogs at their disposal? (A sidebar: Where is an Iraqi Federalist blog? Probably is one, and the topic is better left for a different blog.)
Has the blog been completely altruistic? Probably not, very few things are. I just see too many things that there should be awareness of, hidden from the public consciousness. We base so much of healthcare on trust. When that trust is violated, we all suffer.
Essent would probably say that their trust was violated, but the truth is, in healthcare we have so many barriers to knowledge of what really happens. There really is no 'loyal opposition' in healthcare. Government is the closest thing we have to that, as an advocate.
What happens in a socialized medicine senerio? Would I be facing a Federal suit? And who then is left to monitor?
A long while ago, I received an email from a blogger in the Netherlands, saying that he was fascinated by the blog, because in his country there wasn't such a thing (to this level). He wanted to follow-up with questions and an article, and suddenly nothing. Maybe, in a socialized medicine country, that's one stone you don't kick over.
It is ironic that the reason Essent was able to track back on me is because I wanted to be accurate in what I wrote--by using their own words. Posted at their own websites. I just did it a bit less covertly than I should have.