I've always been a fan of the Sword of Truth series, but looking back on the series, I came to a realization that (while almost certainly unintentional on Goodkind's part), adds a new dimension that the bashers might find interesting. As has been bandied about (and without getting into an argument about it), Richard's broad rationale for doing things like killing noncombatants is because they are either evil and deserve it, or are supporting evil by doing nothing to stop it. Then, we get Pillars Of Creation, and a good look at what makes Jagang tick, and it turns out... he has the exact same rationale. He's acting on very, very similar justification to Richard, except Jagang believes he answers to God rather than "moral clarity." While this won't erase the real Wall Banger moments, it makes Jagang and Richard Not So Different, and I think it puts a good spin on the whole thing. - Mr Death
The problem is, the bashersknow this; it's discussed on every chatroom where the Hate Dom gathers. That's one of the reasons we hate it: the author doesn't realize what he's written. Goodkind is perfectly fine with torture and random acts of killing and mind control, but only when Objectivists do it. Well, it's all for the (real) greater good, I guess.
The first book makes a big deal out of how Richard believes he's on the right side, but so does Darken Rahl. Richard takes a long time to accept this. However, once he does, like Kahlan his approach to dealing with the enemy who stands on the opposite side of 'the line' is... messy.