Now, there is a philosophy of Law that asserts that extremely harsh punishments enforce themselves. For instance, every where in the World now car theft is treated as almost a slight misdemeanor, and everywhere in the World now car theft and stolen car parts are huge illicit industries. But what if you were to specify the most elaborate and torturous deaths for anyone convicted of car theft? You wouldn't need any police. No one would dare steal a car. Like in Malaysia, when they made Drug Trafficking a capital crime, they cut their drug enforcement departments in half, because they knew drug traffickers would avoid Malaysia. In short. If a society wishes to discourage certain behaviors, publishing an extremely stern punishment is a tried and true method of deterrence.
Leo Volont, Atheist Network Message Board 8 Comments
[11/1/2002 12:00:00 AM]
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