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Thread #155090   Message #3645897
Posted By: MGM·Lion
28-Jul-14 - 08:15 AM
Thread Name: BS: USA sliding into depravity (botched execution)
Subject: RE: BS: USA sliding into depravity (botched execution)
Still on the fence re this question. But feel that arguments about eye for eye, reducing society to level of the perepetrator, & so on, are facile. Even if revenge is the main motive, part of criminal law, as I say above, is concerned with society's expression of stong disapproval of offence by means of making him suffer, and achieving a sense of , in the modern agreed term, 'closure', in addition to the simple question of deterrence. As I have often said, here & in other contexts, thew whole concept of punishment as such is a dodgy one; but no society has ever come up with an alternative. Even communes and such reserve exclusion or expulsion as an ultimate deterrent.