Re: Confidence: A Basic Politics Puzzle

Mark Grant (
Fri, 21 Feb 1997 21:00:04 +0000

On Wed, 19 Feb 1997, Eric Watt Forste wrote:

> Kaiser and AAA both use membership cards. Alcor uses ID bracelets
> or necklaces. Why are you imagining that the identifications need
> to be blazoned out for all the public to see at a distance?

Suppose I'm an employee of "Joe's Protection Agency, Inc" and happen to
see two guys fighting down an alleyway... how do I know whether to
intervene if I don't know whether either of them are clients of my agency?
I could break up the fight and then ask for membership cards, but if
neither are members I've wasted my time and risked harm for no reason.

Are people assumed to protect themselves from that kind of thing and only
call on the protection agency if the situation gets out of hand? This
obviously works for crimes which are reported after the fact, but not if
someone attacks me while I'm walking down the street.

Or are protection agencies supposed to be location-based?


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