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Is Executing an Innocent Man Violent?


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I’d still argue that all executions are violent, because all murder is unjust. But that’s why I don’t support capital punishment. Michael C and I agree on most topics, but disagree on some. This would be an example.


I find capital punishment in the US to be fascinating and thoroughly violent. Not the act of executing a prisoner in particular as much as keeping him in fear, uncertainty and to a certain extent, hope for so many years. To me, it’s a form of psychological torture to hold a sword of Damocles over somebody’s head for so long. It’s a process that borderlines ritual.


Hmm. Interesting take, though I still think most prisoners would take the time in prison over swift and speedy executions wrongfully done. I would love to see a study on that, though.