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Monday, July 23, 2007

Defending the Idiotic

After reading the right-wing blogosphere's coverage of the “John Doe” amendment, I wondered if there were any bloggers at all who were criticizing it. I used Google blog search for "john doe amendment" and found there are some blogs. Most left-wing blogs appear to have been ignoring it.

Nearly everybody has been ignoring the precedent, in which an Orthodox Jew was escorted off an Air Canada plane from praying in a disruptive manner. For that matter, not that many people have been pointing out that, if information wants to be free, that includes information on who has been acting as a terrorist decoy.

By the way, would it be worthwhile to set up a charitable organization to pay the legal bills of victims of the resulting lawsuits? Most of the intimidating power of lawsuits comes from the necessary legal bills.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have a strong opinion here, but isn't the course that delivers maximal utility a law where the uneducated, unwashed are allowed to report whatever they want, and a few competent police and stewards are educated on the law, and then can decide to either arrest or not arrest / escort off the plan or not escort ?

If so, then a law in this direction is a good idea, but the coverage should not extend to the decision makers.

I believe that many "Good Samaritan" laws are like this - if I'm first at a road wreck and deliver CPR incompetently, I'm shielded from all damage claims, but the EMS guy who follows me had better do it right, or he can be sued.

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