Re: "Is the death penalty Extropian?"

Brian D Williams (
Tue, 24 Nov 1998 12:24:15 -0800 (PST)

From: "Max M" <>

>Basically any sane, intelligent adult member of society is an
>assets to society and adds to the economic surplus.
>You can argue that a violent criminal is not that, and I would
>have to agree. But wouldn't it be better to lock up the criminal
>until he can be rewired with nanotech drugs or something else?
>This way everyone would gain, and there could be some sort of
>compensation to the wictims family when the reformed criminal
>returned to society.

But what about the victim?

Since I believe the only current possibility of life after death involves cryonics, the debt owed the victim is infinite.

I postulate that the death penalty is the only just solution for the unlawful and malicious nonrecoverable termination of a fellow human being.

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