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Re: Cypherpunks know they're cool
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 1993 21:18-EST
From: [email protected]
> Hmm..... how is this alike, and how is this different, from a hardliner
> NRA saying, "We should ask people to protect themselves by wearing
> bulletproof vests, instead of trying to ban guns"?
Ted, please don't be a bonehead on purpose. I bet you can see the
difference between some bits coming down a wire and a bullet coming
at you at 1000 feet per second. It has to do with the level of threat
and the feasibility of protecting yourself.
I'm not being a bonehead; this is a serious question! I was drawing an
analogy; of course bits and bullets are different! What is the same is
the philosophy of "the initiator can do know wrong"; i"it's always the
receivers' problems." I am merely pointing out that your philosophy of:
>What these solutions have in common is that we ask people to protect
>themselves, rather than requiring everyone else to adhere to their
>notions of good behavior.
is dangerously close, if not identical to "if the victim gets hurts it
his/her fault (for not protecting him/her-self)". This logic obviously
does not work for rape; whether or not someone protects herself, there
are standards of conduct which say that rape is still a bad thing.
The question is whether or not there are similar standards of conduct
for cyberspace --- "community standards" or not.