X-Message-Number: 22859
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 10:24:33 -0500 (EST)
From: Charles Platt <>
Subject: Responses to Swayze, Pizer

Dave Pizer writes:

> The have been court cases in California where the judge
> ruled that death certificates have to be issue to cryonics
> patients and that cryonics could continue even though there
> is no "cryonics" box to check on death certificates.

This is slightly misleading in that California is now the
only state which actually does have a check-box for
"cryonics" on its death certificates, as a result of one well
publicized test case.


James Swayze is still saying negative things about
libertarianism. This is odd since James's membership in The
Cryonics Institute was paid for, in part, by libertarians
making voluntary donations. It certainly wasn't paid for by
the welfare state.

As for those wicked capitalist drug companies suppressing
cures for diseases, because they need the diseases in order
to make money selling palliative but noncurative drugs, the
whole point of a free market is that if one company becomes
complacent and avoids innovation, others that are more
innovative can put it out of business. State-run enterprises
feel no such competitive threat.

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