The recent congressional scramble reveals we are a nation of envy that despises success. The majority of us voted people into office who will now act accordingly.
Of course the successful do have a knack for fermenting these attitudes by also being devoid of the same ethics and morals about which you speak. They hide behind what's legal, not what's ethical, moral or even just.
Umm, its not stealing its copying... and secondly hows the air up there on your high horse? Studies have shown that pirating movies actually can increase profit due to word of mouth buzz. Also the biggest pirate's are usually the biggest tech/movie/music spenders... so figure that one out.