Re: Roy's Reads
This website might be my favorite one in terms of good thought provoking arguments. This particular post isn't better or worse than any of the others but it grabbed my attention today.
Unlike with extortion, where the perpetrator is threatening to do something illegal if she isnít paid (e.g., ďGive me $10,000 or Iíll burn down your houseĒ), with blackmail the perpetrator is threatening to do something legal. If the act itself Ė revealing the information Ė isnít bad enough to be criminalized, then why is merely threatening to commit the act so terrible?
This paradox is often expressed in terms of blackmail being a criminal act composed entirely of uncriminal parts. Telling someone you'd like $10,000 isnít a crime; revealing someoneís secret isnít a crime; and yet, telling someone you'd either like $10,000 or you're going to reveal his secret is a crime. How can that be?
When people say that I donít know what Iím talking about when it comes to sports or writing, I think: Man, you should see me in the rest of my life.