Re: law enforcement for profit

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Fri May 05 2000 - 21:33:03 MDT

>From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <>
>Zero Powers wrote:
> >
> > >From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <>
> > >
> > >Explain to me how running a red light at an intersection when there are
> > >no pedestrians or other cars present is a crime?
> >
> > For some purposes its just plain best to have a clear bright line
>between do
> > and don't. If the rule were "its OK to enter the intersection whenever,
> > your sole judgment, it seems OK to do so..." Well I'm sure you can see
> > problems with such a rule.
>No, I don't, mostly. I look at as a 'no harm, no foul, what they don't
>know can't hurt me' type rule, such that, if my going through a red
>light is not is not in the presence of any other vehicle or pedestrian
>traffic, it is, literally, the proverbial tree falling in the forest. A
>red light is a 'traffic signal'. If there is no other traffic, then
>there is no point in signalling, its tantamount to talking to yourself
>or masturbating in public.

Well, let me put it like this: if there is no clear line between legal and
illegal behavior, then there is effectively no such thing as illegal
behavior. Or at best, it would lead to what you like to call "capricious


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