Re: Risk mitigation (Was:Re: Mega-Tsunami..)

From: Alfio Puglisi (
Date: Thu Sep 06 2001 - 15:39:07 MDT

On Thu, 6 Sep 2001, Mike Lorrey wrote:

>Alfio Puglisi wrote:
>> On Wed, 5 Sep 2001, Mike Lorrey wrote:
>> >Why isn't driving voluntary?
>> It's voluntary as long as you just kill yourself. But all the other people
>> involved usually didn't choose to drive too fast..
>So? Secondhand smoke is harmful too, and kids don't get to choose what
>their parents serve them for food. Similarly, so much crime is drug
>related that it's victims (which includes a large chunk of gunshot
>victims) are also involuntary participants but caused by voluntary
>activity. Why the double standard?

Ok, point taken. I think it depends on the "directness": if someone smoke
near me, I can ask him to stop, or to blow on the other side, and anyway
it won't be that single cigarette to get me lung cancer. With car, it's
just a "Hey!" and *crash*. For drug related crime and similars, we are
entering a more complex field, IMHO..


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