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Stealing Valor

Webcast Q&A: 15 April 2012, Question 3

I answered a question on stealing valor for Philosophy in Action Radio on 15 April 2012. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.

Should "stealing valor" be a crime? Rencently, a man was arrested by the FBI in Houston and charged with "stolen valor." This is the charge made against someone who falsely poses as a decorated soldier. Is it proper to make this a crime? Why or why not?

My Answer, In Brief: Undoubtedly, "stealing valor" is reprehensible, but not everything reprehensible should be a crime. The legal response to "stealing valor" ought to be the same as for other kinds of credentials fraud, whether protect speech, civil fraud, or criminal fraud.

Tags: Constitution, Ethics, Fraud, Free Speech, Government, Law, Rights


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