Subject: Re: street performer protocol
From: "Jonathan S. Shapiro" <shap@eros-os.org>
Date: Sat, 6 May 2000 10:56:55 -0400

> "Entities" don't break laws; people do.

Entities provide a social framework in which people behave. Within that
framework they are encouraged to conform to the policies and objectives of
the entity. To the extent that they do and that a crime results, the entity
provides necessary structural support for the commission of the crime. As
such, the entity is in some sense responsible in its role as a focus. Also,
the entity is in posession of financial assets that are the most primary
means of redress. As such, the entity has to be on the defendent list.

In the end, however, entities can't go to jail, so your point is well taken.

*My* point is that the social origins of collectively coordinated behavior
are built on structures, and that as long as the structures continue that
resulted in undesirable behavior the behavior will continue as well.


shap