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Re: Jim Bell article excerpt (Was: Letter on Jim Bell)




Declan McCullagh <[email protected]> writes:

Declan reposting something he wrote last year:

> After I pointed this out to Bell on the phone [someone might
> assassinate annoying neighbors], he fired email back a few days
> later saying, "Assuming a functioning Assassination Politics system,
> nothing stops you from contributing to my death."  He suggested that
> maybe assassins would develop scruples: "You'd be able to purchase
> deaths of unworthy people, but it might be only at a dramatically
> higher price. Doable but not particularly economical."

You interpret Jim as implying "maybe assassins would develop
scruples"; 

this doesn't look like the meaning of what you quote Jim as saying:

 "You'd be able to purchase deaths of unworthy people, but it might be
  only at a dramatically higher price."

it looks more like Jim was suggesting that free market forces would
tend to prevent deaths of lesser known people.  Think about it -- it
would be dead easy to get a contract on Barney due to the number of
people who know and hate him -- but on an average neighbor, who is
completely obscure, you'd easily have to fund the entire bet yourself.

Adam