Revenge Insurance

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Via 3 Quarks Daily on Tomkow A Few Short Steps to the Gallows
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"Now, things are getting farfetched again!" Very well, time for another thought experiment.

REVENGE INSURANCE​
You are travelling to a lawless third world country to do good works. You make preparation for your journey: You get the appropriate shots. You increase your health insurance in case the shots don't work. To protect the family you are leaving behind, you increase your life insurance and add a double indemnity clause.​

Friends advise you to arm yourself, but you are not comfortable with guns. Instead, you visit the office of a private security agency ( "The Agency")to investigate the possibility of hiring bodyguards. The Agency's sales rep explains to you that because of the prevalence of violence and the total absence of law in this country the demand for private security there is high and so the service is very expensive. Looking at their rate sheet you realize it is far more costly than you can afford. As you rise to leave, the sympathetic rep offers you a brochure for one of The Agency's other services. They call it "Revenge Insurance".​

The brochure explains that Revenge Insurance does not provide any protection to its policy holders. However, in the event that a subscriber is the victim of wrongful injury while in-country, the agency will undertake to use its considerable resources to track down the wrongdoer. When they find him, The Agency's operatives will not try to have the wrongdoer pay the policy holder compensation or recover stolen goods. That is a separate service and, given the general poverty in the country, rarely worth the cost. But, if you have Revenge Insurance, what the agency will do to the bad guy who injured you is hurt him .​

How much they will hurt him is a matter of negotiation. There are limits: The agency will not conduct extended tortures because its operatives find them distasteful and unprofessional. For the same reason, they will not apply penalties that its agents feel wildly disproportionate. They will not, for example, cut off the hand of the child who steals your fake Rolex (though if the watch is real, well…) But within these weak constraints the agency offers a wide spectrum of options ranging from the brutal (but popular) "eye-for-an-eye" policy to gentler schedules that will, for example, only force your murderer to write a letter of apology to your mom and attend a couple of anger management classes. If you don't like any of the offered off-the-shelf plans, you can negotiate your own custom roster of harms-for- injuries constrained only by your imagination, your budget and The Agency's sense of propriety. The only proviso is that your choices cannot be changed after the time of purchase. Victims of violence too often demand additional penalties agents find disproportionate.​

The Agency has many references to show that it can be trusted to fulfill its contracts. Indeed The Agency is so scrupulous that it generally insists on making good on its commitments even on those rare occasions when victims change their minds after the fact. The Agency worries that too much clemency will undermine its reputation for ruthlessness so it charges a stiff penalty to any subscriber who wants to "forgive and forget".​


Question: Assuming that it works exactly as advertised, would it be morally permissible for you to buy Revenge Insurance?
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Blood feud customs in much of the world operate a bit like revenge insurance, deterring with the promise of often posthumous revenge by kin.

Strikes me "The Agency" would make an excellent idea for movie.
 

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