A little something to think about, sparked by a conversation about separating alignment from personality. Assume you are using alignment as philosophical position and political alliance, as I do, but for the sake of this discussion, we'll go with the ninefold alignment system. So, under this scheme, personality -- whether you are cruel or kind, scheming, selfish, hateful, or whatever -- has nothing to do with alignment.
Can a good person be Lawful Evil?
That is, can someone be a kind, helpful person, willing to live and let live, but throw in his lot with people who believe in a strict hierarchy of dominance, crushing resistance, torturing enemies in the name of the state? Because that person believes that kind of ideal state would be the best, even though he doesn't have the stomach for that kind of behavior himself?