Term Paper: Defending the Blackmailer

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[. . .] It is very important to know about the nature of the threats as well as, in a case that the blackmailer is threatening of violence there needs to be a proper action taken against such behavior as, no one has any right to be violent against people and to make the people fearful (Block, 2010).

It is really difficult to call a threat an "illegitimate" act as, mostly the threat made by the blackmailer are his/her right such as: the right to speak, or to refuse to give their services to certain stores or to persuade other people to do what he is doing, therefore, as these threats aren't really illegitimate it is very difficult to call the threats an illegal action (Block, 2010).

If blackmailing is looked at in such a way that it is the offer or a threat which is made if the blackmailer doesn't get his demands fulfilled such as: if a person is threatening to expose some information that is embarrassing to someone or if he is saying that he won't seduce your fiance if he gets the money then, if you look at these two acts separately we reach the decision that neither telling information nor the seduction is criminal act when they are committed separately then how come they become illegal when they are combined together (Block, 2001)?

It is very important to know and understand that blackmailing is an act which is very much different than extortion although it does look like they are similar. However, it has to be kept in mind that when money is being asked for to refrain from doing something legal it is a different issue whereas, when an extortionist asks you for some money otherwise he will put your office building on fire is a completely different issue as, he is threatening you to commit an illegal act if he isn't paid to do otherwise (Block, 2001).

Examples of political blackmailing

There are many example in which the politicians are and had been blackmailing various industries for many years now, some of the examples of such incidences are given below:

It was in 1992 that the Federal Communications Commission was authorized by the Congress to observe and keep the prices of the cable television under control and since that time the cable industry pays the Congress million of dollars every year to eliminate that control over the cable television. However, the cable industry hasn't yet been rewarded for their generous contributions (DiLorenzo, 2000).

It recently happened that a regulation has been purposed according to which the content of alcohol in the blood or the blood alcohol content (BAC) is purposed to be reduced from .10 to .08, the main purpose of this regulation is to get the huge sums of money that will continuously keep on coming as the campaign contributions. It was declared by the federal government's Office of Substance Abuse Prevention that their ultimate goal is to get the blood alcohol content to .04. A law of this kind was purposed in 1998 as well and although it wasn't approved but what it did was it helped in getting huge amounts of money and contributions from the alcoholic beverage industry in order to beat this neo-prohibitionist legislation (DiLorenzo, 2000).

Another example of the political blackmailing from the recent past is regarding the Clinton administration's proposal to put price control on medicines, doctors as well as hospital to make the socialize medicine possible. Although this plan wasn't a huge success but it was noticed and stated in the New York Times that soon after this regulation was purposed Clinton's political party started getting huge sums of money from the medical industry and it was strange for them to be getting so many contributions in a non-election year. However, it wasn't known if the health plan would be accepted or not but what was noticed was the immediate benefits that the Congress was getting (DiLorenzo, 2000).

It was in 1994 that approximately $1million were received in a campaign contribution after a legislation was proposed by Jim Cooper, this legislation was not as tiring as the one that was proposed by Clinton and these $1million dollars were collected in the first four months after the proposal of the legislation and it was also noted that in 1993 the contribution made for the campaign were approximately one-third higher than the ones that were made in the previous non-election year. Another major thing which was reported during that time was that whenever Hillary Clinton made some sort of speech in which she threatened the pharmaceutical companies they would sell her pharmaceutical stock short each time. And during 1993-94 when this Clinton Health plan was underway it was noticed that the stock of the pharmaceuticals drops by approximately $40 billion. However, of course at the end of the day this plan was defeated when the pharmaceutical industry literally filled the coffers of Washington with their money (DiLorenzo, 2000).

Therefore, it can be observed from these examples how the politicians had in the past and they still are abusing various industries by blackmailing them in one way or another and at the end those industries have to do what the politicians wants in order to survive.

Legitimizing blackmail

If legitimizing blackmail has to be considered it would have to be considered with regards to the legal code of the libertarian political philosophy and in order to that it is firstly important to define the terms first. According to Murray Rothbard this legal code would emphasize on the libertarian principle regarding not using aggression on any person or any kind of property, [and] the property right have to be defined with regards to the libertarian principle (Block, 2001).

In light of this law people can do whatever they wish for; however, they have to keep in mind, the fact that they can't turn violent or aggressive against anyone and that if they have the right to do whatever they want then so do the other people. In this way no one can really get hurt and everyone can be happy (Block, 2001).

It was in 1997 that Fred McChesney who was a law professor in the Cornell University said that extortion and blackmailing are a result of the modern regulatory process. To say it all in a concise manner: the legislation or the regulations are "threatened" by the politicians to control the prices or to increase them and since these practices would reduce the profit margins the concerned companies in order to stop these laws from passing start contributing to the political campaigns or compensate the politicians personally by, for example giving their relative various high levels jobs, sponsor luxurious vacations etc. (DiLorenzo, 2000).

It is the job of the politicians to make sure that the legislation gets the contributions for the political campaign from the cash cow of the industry. It was said by a California legislator that a politician who will be needing funds for his campaign will have a bill that he will get introduced and that bill will cause some excitement among the constituency and they will start working for the defeat of the bill which is not difficult to achieve but it will definitely start the contributions coming in for the campaign (DiLorenzo, 2000).

In case that there existed a forsworn relationship between the blackmailer and the person being blackmailed then the blackmailing will be illegitimate. For example, if a person had a secret and he told that secret to an investigator or a lawyer under strict confidence that the secret will be kept safe but later on that lawyer or the investigator starts blackmailing him then it is the violation of their contract and this kind of blackmailing will be illegitimate (Block, 2010).

However, in case that some person got hold of that secret and he doesn't have any kind of contract to keep that secret safe he/she offer to sell the secret and it will be completely legitimate (Block, 2010).

Although there are many innocent people who suffer because of these blackmailers but mainly there are two main groups that are mostly the focus of attention of the blackmailers (Block,2010).

One group is in which there are criminals such as; murderers, thieves, cheater, swindlers, rapists etc. And the other group is the ones in which the activities performed by the people aren't really illegitimate however, they are not exactly in accordance with the principles of the society for example, homosexuals, sexual perverts, adulterers etc. (Block, 2010).

In case of the criminal group the chances of the activities involved in blackmailing to be extremely illegal is very huge and the main reason behind this is the fact that the criminals have a background which proves that they can go to extremes and this is a huge reason… [END OF PREVIEW]

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