Re: Pies in the face

From: Ross A. Finlayson (
Date: Fri Feb 09 2001 - 13:34:00 MST

Michael Lorrey wrote:

> 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'.

Those are pretty extreme situations that the average person will not see.

Today, in some states, there is euthanasia. I watched a television
program about it.

Americans have the right to defend their own property through legal means,
which include for example, killing a home intruder, in self-defense.


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