Re Is the death penalty extropian?

Geoff Fortytwo (
Thu, 26 Nov 1998 10:40:23 -0800

At 06:10 AM 11/26/98 -0700, Paul Hughes wrote:
> Brian D Williams wrote:
> > The victim is dead, but not forgotten. It is in his/her best
> > interest, and ours, that justice is served.
> Your still implying such a magical technology because you just re-stated
> that killing the murderer is in the victims self-interest. I repeat,
> how can a dead person have self-interest? You have failed to demonstrate
> this.

The following is only intended to show that dead people do have self-interest.

How about reputation? Some people really care about their legacy. It's not ok to slander people when they're alive and it's still not ok after they die. The only difference is that the person is no longer capable of sticking up for themselves (dead people tend to be rather docile).