December 6th, 2002
|03:26 am - the silver fox|
and while i'm having fun debates-- who has a good reason why thieves aren't a perfectly fine acceptable part of the capitalist system? they encourage the creation of many exciting job opportunities, like police and security guards and locksmiths. people get their money's worth back from insurance, and corporations plan the lost revenue into their price structures (and insurance companies plan it into their premiums). the only real loss i can find is in the effort spent on getting the stolen whatevers, and any emotional loss.
[note: i don't particularly believe this, but it's a fun idea because i don't know how to effectively refute it]
Which New Kid On The Block Are You?
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You're Jonathan Knight! Shy and sweet--and scared out of your mind. Better stick to selling real estate and living off your investments. You *did* make some, didn't you? DIDN'T you?
np: nickelback - - - not leavin' yet (accoustic)
|Date:||December 6th, 2002 07:42 am (UTC)|| |
I'm sure this reasoning is boring, but it's very much right. Stealing is wrong. If you steal a CD from someone, and they have insurance (yeah right), it's not a big deal. They get a new CD. But what if the CD that gets stolen is "Nevermind" by Nirvana signed by Kurt Cobain? How can the insurance help now? It's not like the actual value of that CD was the $12 you would get from insurance. What about priceless things, that are only of emotional value? What if my grandmother gave me a picture she wanted me to have the day before she died; Nothing of value, except to me. How can that be replaced if it gets stolen?
Now my final argument: Let's say I finish all the work I want to do to my CRX. Thousands upon thousands of dollars, as well as long, hard hours spent doing all the work are invested in this car. It took me three years to finish. Then some guys strip it bare in a parking lot. The insurance can pay me back, but how can they reimburse me for all the hard work and sacrifice that went into making that car perfect? They can't. Rarely does insurance give you back what you lost, due in no small part to premiums. If someone takes my $450 stereo out of my car, and I have a $500 theft premium, guess what? I'm fucked.
This may not be an argument of logic, but in this case, it's not an argument of logic that is needed. It's an argument or emotions and morals and more importantly, empathy. It's only people who feel nothing for other human beings who steal, because they don't care about the pain they're causing. These same people work at UPS and purposefully stomp on the packages marked "FRAGILE", regarless of the fact that there could be a priceless family heirloom or life-saving drugs contained within. So my base argument, "stealing is wrong", is based off this idea that a good human being should feel bad for what they're doing to other people and not do such things. Sure, there are people with mental problems or chemical imbalances which interfere with their sense of right and wrong, but there are also people who just don't give a shit. In any case, I don't think you'd be too pleased if someone stole your car right after you paid to have it repaired. Enh, I'm rambling. Stealing is wrong. Corporations and insurance companies account for it simply because they have to, which is pretty sad.
|Date:||December 6th, 2002 09:33 am (UTC)|| |
Have you been reading the Stainless Steel Rat books?
i read the first one years ago. i don't remember anything about it otehr than enjoying it. is this from there?