View Poll Results: Is the Death Penalty Ever Justified?

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  1. #1

    Death Penalty

    I don't remember seeing much talk about this over the years.

    We have a bit of a crime wave at the moment, so it seems apropos.

    Vote and comment.

    I vote yes, FYI, it's justified for certain crimes.
    Last edited by r3volution 3.0; 10-28-2020 at 06:10 PM.



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    Justified? Ya, probably. From a logistical standpoint, probably not a good idea to put the government in charge.

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    It is justified, as is corporal punishment. Far better than this massive prison bureaucracy we have today.

    The myopic progressive focus on rehabilitation is incoherent.
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  5. #4
    Only for serial killers when evidence is over whelming.

  6. #5
    I oppose the death penalty, but it is not forbidden under the NAP or libertarian theory.

    So depending on what one means by "justified," that can be parsed as "justified" or "unjustified" - or even as "not unjustified" if, contra Orwell, one is willing to permit the "not un-" construction (and/or if one is willing to consider the distinction as not being logically binary).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Working Poor View Post
    Only for serial killers when evidence is over whelming.
    For any killer when the evidence is overwhelming.
    And for spies, traitors and rapists and possibly a few other extremely serious crimes like voter fraud.
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  8. #7
    Certainly isn't justified when an innocent person get executed.
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  9. #8
    If a Judge imposes it, then I'm OK with it.
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  11. #9
    I'm against government imposing or executing the death sentence.

    But I'm absolutely NOT against killing those who need killing.

    A jury of 12 to convict then the sentence carried out by the aggrieved would work.

  12. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by Occam's Banana View Post
    I oppose the death penalty, but it is not forbidden under the NAP or libertarian theory.

    So depending on what one means by "justified," that can be parsed as "justified" or "unjustified" - or even as "not unjustified" if, contra Orwell, one is willing to permit the "not un-" construction (and/or if one is willing to consider the distinction as not being logically binary).
    Yes, this...the question is ambiguous and confusing.

    As a justified means of punishment, yes.

    Is it justified being carried out by the state, especially one as broken as ours...no.
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  13. #11
    Yes but the standard of proof needs to be very high. Like multiple eyewitnesses and DNA.

  14. #12
    I support the Death Penalty for Rapists,pedophiles & mass murders.
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  15. #13
    The only reason to take a life is to protect another life or property.

  16. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    Yes, this...the question is ambiguous and confusing.

    As a justified means of punishment, yes.

    Is it justified being carried out by the state, especially one as broken as ours...no.
    I didn't and don't think the question is ambiguous.

    As we do not in fact live in an anarcho-capitalist society, or a state society in which vigilantism is either common or accepted, I thought it was fairly obvious that I was referring to the execution by the state of individuals convicted of certain crimes in state courts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Globalist View Post
    Certainly isn't justified when an innocent person get executed.
    Neither is forty years in a cage for an innocent person..

    And yet, it is not possible to have any kind of functional society without penalizing evidently guilty people, despite the lack of apodictic certainty. The maxim is along the lines of "better 1000 guilty people be acquitted than 1 innocent person be convicted" not "better every guilty person be acquitted on the off-chance he's actually innocent."

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePaleoLibertarian View Post
    It is justified, as is corporal punishment. Far better than this massive prison bureaucracy we have today.

    The myopic progressive focus on rehabilitation is incoherent.
    Indeed

    Take a look at the output of the prisons and tell me that's rehabilitation.

    Man goes in petty thief, comes out gang member ready to kill for nothing.

    Quote Originally Posted by 69360 View Post
    Yes but the standard of proof needs to be very high. Like multiple eyewitnesses and DNA.
    Yes, and they should have a reasonable period to appeal: e.g. one year.

    As things stand, however, even in states that in theory have the death penalty, it takes many decades and in effect doesn't exist.

    So these people rot in prison, at taxpayer expense.

    P.S. How about Charlie Manson?

    He benefited, AFAIK, from a timely abolition of the death penalty in CA.

    Is there any question that he was guilty? He admitted it himself, if one can parse the insanity.

    Quote Originally Posted by tebowlives View Post
    The only reason to take a life is to protect another life or property.
    Hanging murderers, among others, deters just that harm.
    Last edited by r3volution 3.0; 12-07-2020 at 11:03 PM.

  17. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by r3volution 3.0 View Post
    Hanging murderers, among others, deters just that harm.
    The individual owns their own life and can take it themselves but revenge killing, when there is no threat, should not be allowed.

    If you kill them they won't learn.

  18. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by tebowlives View Post
    The individual owns their own life and can take it themselves but revenge killing, when there is no threat, should not be allowed.

    If you kill them they won't learn.
    Government should never be permitted to kill a citizen but in the same vein government should never be permitted to stop, detain or punish a citizen who kills another for cause.

    Some people need killing and the only reason they're breathing right now is government interference.



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  20. #17
    Go back to the Wild West days. Abiding by the NAP, if my [and/or my immediate family] property, life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness is threatened or stolen, I will handle it myself. I do not need or want strangers [government] "figuring it out" for me.

    It will be cheaper for you, me and gets right to the point.

    How many innocent people are jailed, executed, pay excess fines by corrupt politicians and bureaucrats. How many are palm-grease released by those same hands. Cut the red tape. There will be less laws, cheaper on society, and individuals will learn to stand on their own.

    Ron Paul was right yet again: how many "felonies" are committed by each person everyday? I never signed those contracts.

    Oh, and I did not "vote".
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  21. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by tebowlives View Post
    The individual owns their own life and can take it themselves but revenge killing, when there is no threat, should not be allowed.

    If you kill them they won't learn.
    If not death, what penalty would you impose on murderers, and what specifically is the benefit of that lesser penalty? I fail to see how life in prison at taxpayer expense, for instance, helps anyone other than (arguably) the murderer, who can hardly complain that execution is unjust.
    Last edited by r3volution 3.0; 12-09-2020 at 06:17 PM.

  22. #19
    I think the easiest way for me to answer this is it's justified under certain circumstances.
    But, I guess I'm open to all arguments.
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  23. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by Okie RP fan View Post
    I think the easiest way for me to answer this is it's justified under certain circumstances.
    But, I guess I'm open to all arguments.
    Would you elaborate on that?

  24. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by PAF View Post
    Go back to the Wild West days. Abiding by the NAP, if my [and/or my immediate family] property, life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness is threatened or stolen, I will handle it myself. I do not need or want strangers [government] "figuring it out" for me.

    It will be cheaper for you, me and gets right to the point.

    How many innocent people are jailed, executed, pay excess fines by corrupt politicians and bureaucrats. How many are palm-grease released by those same hands. Cut the red tape. There will be less laws, cheaper on society, and individuals will learn to stand on their own.

    Ron Paul was right yet again: how many "felonies" are committed by each person everyday? I never signed those contracts.

    Oh, and I did not "vote".
    This question applies just as well in an anarcho-capitalist world.

    The idea that each person will handle it himself is problematic; some people (most of them, in fact) are weak.

    Without third party assistance, they will most certainly be brutalized.

    Anarcho-capitalism is not anarchism in the pejorative sense, is it?

    The idea is only that security services will be provided by market firms in lieu of the state; that at least was Murray's concept.

    It is ill-conceived and cannot exist in reality, but, supposing it could, these private courts would have to make the same decisions as state courts.

    For instance, should a murderer be hanged? If not, how should he be handled?

  25. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by r3volution 3.0 View Post
    This question applies just as well in an anarcho-capitalist world.

    The idea that each person will handle it himself is problematic; some people (most of them, in fact) are weak.

    Without third party assistance, they will most certainly be brutalized.

    Anarcho-capitalism is not anarchism in the pejorative sense, is it?

    The idea is only that security services will be provided by market firms in lieu of the state; that at least was Murray's concept.

    It is ill-conceived and cannot exist in reality, but, supposing it could, these private courts would have to make the same decisions as state courts.

    For instance, should a murderer be hanged? If not, how should he be handled?
    I have contemplated those very things. That is why I live an Agorist lifestyle.

    In my perfect world, the NAP would apply in society as a whole. Because I/we do not live in such a world and never, ever will, the Agorist takes the impractical libertarian philosophy and applies it to a practical approach, weighing out the risk versus reward. We strive the best that we can to work via voluntarism, and within our circles we are able to achieve that. But, that only works on a 2-way street, so I have to deal with the force of theft via taxation. Some things in this practical world are unfortunately unavoidable.
    “The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave.”

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  26. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by PAF View Post
    I have contemplated those very things. That is why I live an Agorist lifestyle.

    In my perfect world, the NAP would apply in society as a whole. Because I/we do not live in such a world and never, ever will, the Agorist takes the impractical libertarian philosophy and applies it to a practical approach, weighing out the risk versus reward. We strive the best that we can to work via voluntarism, and within our circles we are able to achieve that. But, that only works on a 2-way street, so I have to deal with the force of theft via taxation. Some things in this practical world are unfortunately unavoidable.
    A libertarian social order is not impossible or even impractical (though an an-cap one is, it will be minarchism).

    In a century or two, when this unpleasant experiment in popular government is ended, and it will be ended, that is what will happen.

    In the meantime, well, interesting times...

  27. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by r3volution 3.0 View Post
    If not death, what penalty would you impose on murderers, and what specifically is the benefit of that lesser penalty? I fail to see how life in prison at taxpayer expense, for instance, helps anyone other than (arguably) the murderer, who can hardly complain that execution is unjust.
    A long sentence. It's about taking a threat off the street. That's it.



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  29. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by tebowlives View Post
    A long sentence. It's about taking a threat off the street. That's it.
    A life sentence?

  30. #26
    Quote Originally Posted by r3volution 3.0 View Post
    A libertarian social order is not impossible or even impractical (though an an-cap one is, it will be minarchism).

    In a century or two, when this unpleasant experiment in popular government is ended, and it will be ended, that is what will happen.

    In the meantime, well, interesting times...
    I see where the miscommunication is. You referred to "in a century or two". I referred to the here and now. The Agorist weighs, in my view, according to current surroundings. We may hope for future events and outcomes, but the analysis occurs in the here and now. ie: should I J-Walk and risk a ticket? Should I pay tax to the state, or drive to the Indian Reservation?
    “The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave.”

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  31. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by PAF View Post
    I see where the miscommunication is. You referred to "in a century or two". I referred to the here and now. The Agorist weighs, in my view, according to current surroundings. We may hope for future events and outcomes, but the analysis occurs in the here and now. ie: should I J-Walk and risk a ticket? Should I pay tax to the state, or drive to the Indian Reservation?
    J-walk up a storm, but the real solution doesn't lie there (you have to know that).

  32. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by r3volution 3.0 View Post
    J-walk up a storm, but the real solution doesn't lie there (you have to know that).
    LOL

    Liberty only comes from within. One either realizes it, or doesn't. Perhaps the not-so-great-number of Agorists that I engage with will continue to increase in my favor ;-)
    “The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave.”

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  33. #29
    Quote Originally Posted by PAF View Post
    LOL

    Liberty only comes from within. One either realizes it, or doesn't. Perhaps the not-so-great-number of Agorists that I engage with will continue to increase in my favor ;-)
    Libertarianism isn't a religion.

    Whether a society is free or not is an objective fact.

    I don't find all that persuasive PAF the argument that the current tyranny of the state can be avoided by just...

    ...pretending they don't exist.

    Buddhist cows get made into cheeseburgers.

  34. #30
    Quote Originally Posted by r3volution 3.0 View Post
    Libertarianism isn't a religion.

    Whether a society is free or not is an objective fact.

    I don't find all that persuasive PAF the argument that the current tyranny of the state can be avoided by just...

    ...pretending they don't exist.

    Buddhist cows get made into cheeseburgers.
    Rev3, you and I agree on a lot of things. Some, we may disagree. I truly do enjoy debate with you. However, you are seeking answers to questions that only you can ask and answer.

    I have found what works for me, which enables me to abide by principles of freedom (as much as I can muster), the NAP, and responsible fiscal conservatism. I am still able to enjoy life, and what the earth has to offer. Time is limited, either socially, due to old age, maybe an historic building that might get torn down. I aim to experience more that life has to offer, and share it with friends and loved ones whenever possible.
    “The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave.”

    An Agorist Primer

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