vendredi 16 janvier 2009

Thought experiment

Philosophy is often accused of being remote from everyday concerns. Its practioners often use thought experiments to highlight ethical situations for instance. This is a real life example

"A man who said he robbed a downtown Shreveport bank because he was out of a job and hungry has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for first-degree robbery.
Roy Brown, 54, of Audrey Lane, pleaded guilty in Caddo District Court to robbing the Capital One bank in December 2007.
Brown admitted walking up to a teller with one of his hands under his jacket and telling her it was a "stickup." The teller handed the man three stacks of bills and he took a single $100 bill, told her he was homeless and left, police said.
Brown surrendered to police the next day, telling them his mother didn't raise him that way.
Police let him sober up and interviewed him two days later. Police said Brown told them he needed money to stay in a downtown detox center, had nowhere to stay and was hungry -- so he walked up the street and robbed the bank. "

In any social context this is plainly provocative. In an economic slump and surrounded by news of bailouts and made offs with it is a virtual declaration of phase II of the class war. We are all Roy Brown.