Re: Capital punishment

Tony B. Csoka (
Fri, 20 Jun 1997 18:35:38 -0700 (PDT)

den Otter wrote:

Reasons why to prefer execution over incarceration:

>1) It (execution) is a lot cheaper (no endless appeals in the new
>imprisonment is infinitely (!) expensive.
>2) It will prevent repetition by the same offender (guaranteed !)---One
>escape from prison
>or get paroled or pardoned by bleeding heart humanists (and kill again).
>3) It *probably* has a better preventive function than imprisonment.
>4) It satisfies the rightful need for revenge of the freinds & relatives
>the victim
>a lot better than the prison alternative.
>5) It is the most rational, fair and consequent punishment for a horrible
>If someone is killed, his future is taken away from him. Consequently,
>should have no future either, not even in prison.

Thanks for some interesting points. I realized since my last post that the
best solution to the problem would be to live in a world where it is
*impossible* to kill someone. This could be accomplished by uploading of
backup copies and cloning. In this way we would not have to deal with the
(in my opinion) very difficult ethical question of capital punishment.

Tony B. Csoka