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RE: Purpose of quiet-list
The first step is to get acoustic assault recognized as a crime. I think
we're a long way from that.
I think I hear the two Bobs advocating a Greenpeace-style (or even Sea
Shepherd-style) campaign that would generate publicity through
controversial actions. The populace at large, though, is probably a lot
more willing to accept extremism in defense of the environment than
extremism in defense of quiet. Quiet is not yet recognized as an
I have to go back to my experience at the Earth Day rally, when I was
called a "freak" and physically assaulted for asking that the volume be
turned down to safe levels. When I complained in writing to the organizers,
I not only did not receive an apology but was criticized for being
"confrontational". The irony here can best be appreciated by those who have
seen the tactics of the environmental movement in British Columbia over
forestry practices in the last decade or so.
My point is simply that if you sink a whaling ship or chain yourself to a
tree, at least part of the world is going to think you're a hero. If you go
around zapping boom cars, you're going to be almost universally regarded as
a dangerous lunatic. You're also highly likely to get beaten up or worse.
Right to Quiet Society
Reply To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Monday, September 22, 1997 5:58 PM
Subject: Re: Purpose of quiet-list
Without advocating any illegal actions, would it be appropriate
to discuss legal issues and legislative strategies associated
with extending the doctrine of self-defense to include self-
defense against acoustic violence and noise trespass?
Boom cars do bodily injury to innocent people every
day. The stress response is immediate, and probably
measurable with instruments. The hazards of sleep
deprivation are obvious. How many auto accidents
are caused by drowsy drivers who are deprived of sleep
by their neighbors' noise? How many deaths and
What legal options already exist whereby people can
defend themselves against more conventional forms of
assault, and can they be extended to permit defense
against noise assault?
-- Michael Wright
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