X-Message-Number: 10616
Date: Tue, 20 Oct 1998 11:06:33 +0100
From:  (John de Rivaz)
Subject: Re: Outing Injustice

I have been reading the recent posts about a website where someone has 
posted details of an alleged injustice.

Personally, I think it is a good idea to "out" injustices, and for that 
matter "justice" whatever that is. If something is done in public usually 
most of the people concerned behave better than if it is done in private. Of 
course the person "outing" a supposed injustice may end up being judged by 
the public to be guilty - that is a risk he has to take. 

This is relevant to cryonics - if people who oppose and interfere with 
cryopreservations have their names and contact details published, maybe some 
would decide not to bother.

With regards to the number of jails and people in prison in various parts of 
the world, it does appear that countries at the top of the league, such as 
the US and the UK, may have got something wrong. The trouble is that law 
enforcement is a fee, wage and profit earner like any other human activity, 
and it is difficult to stop uncontrolled market forces acting to maximise 
earnings. An uncontrolled comittee controlling the system is probably no 
better. It is a problem humanity has not solved, but maybe the first place 
to look would be societies with a low crime rate *and* a low jail 

Sincerely,     * Longevity Report:  http://www.longevb.demon.co.uk/lr.htm
John de Rivaz  * Fractal Report:    http://www.longevb.demon.co.uk/fr.htm
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