I am currently reading Terry Pratchett's Equal Rites, and enjoying it quite a lot, at that. It's not his best book, which is to say it's only ten times funnier than your average comedian.
What drives me to write this post is a comment Mr. Pratchett makes in page 97 of this book. May the potential propaganda it brings him compensate for the copyright infringement it might ensue quoting it here:
One reason for the bustle was that over large part of the continent other people preferred to make money without working at all, and since the Disk had yet to develop a music recording industry they were forced to fall back on older, more traditional forms of banditry.
Self-explanatory, ain't it? :^)