Re: Pies in the face

From: Michael Lorrey (
Date: Fri Feb 09 2001 - 10:45:01 MST

Charlie Stross wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 09, 2001 at 06:48:59AM -0800, Brian D Williams wrote:
> >
> > It's a matter of cultural relativism. In this country such an act
> > would probably be viewed as an unprovoked assault, and whatever you
> > suffered as a result would be seen as your own fault.
> Then it probably *is* a cultural thing. Over here, reacting violently
> would be a big no-no. (In fact, if you did so, you might end up being
> charged with assault.) That's not to say that the pie-caster would
> necessarily get away free -- but there's the proportionality thing
> again.
> I notice that Americans seem to be fanatical about defending their
> property -- to the use of lethal force. My take on it is that *no*
> property is worth risking your life -- or anyone else's life, for
> that matter. Lost or stolen property can be replaced: lives can't.
> Another cultural marker ...

What about suicide? Are you for or against? If you are for the right to
suicide, then regard a criminal wilfully placing themselves in a
position to be killed as exercising their right to suicide in a manner
similar to 'suicide by cop'.

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