[extropy-chat] the RBL racket
Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
sentience at pobox.com
Mon Sep 11 07:39:46 UTC 2006
Russell Wallace wrote:
> On 9/11/06, *Eliezer S. Yudkowsky* <sentience at pobox.com
> <mailto:sentience at pobox.com>> wrote:
> 3) On your private property, screaming out advertisements for your used
> cars, at 2AM, using a 110-decibel bullhorn.
> ...but no, I wouldn't be so extraordinarily cruel and evil as to put a
> man in prison for that either. I might very well go and challenge him to
> a fistfight if he didn't go away, and expect the law to find I was
> adequately provoked. But prison, no.
So now you're resorting to vigilante violence and expecting society to
socially sanction it? Instead of having a written legal system where
people can look up what is prohibited?
Russell, someone can disagree with you about what "crosses the line"
without being a horrible, horrible person. Do you understand the
principle behind stare decisis, respecting precedents? It's that the
law has to be *predictable*.
Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://singinst.org/
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
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