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  •  That will delay the elimination of CP, though. (1+ / 0-)
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    Typically I'm sympathetic to the idea that it's better so seek systemic solutions rather than anecdotal ones, but in this case the anecdotal one (if you will) is of unique significance so I'd be inclined to ditch the systemic approach.  In other words, if asking people to change their whole moral orientation delays or makes more difficult the elimination of CP compared to a purely pragmatic appeal, I think it's a moral imperative to go with the latter because everything is secondary to the state killing people.  Of course, this is mostly an exercise in empathy for me because I'm not totally put off by the state killing people, but I'm doing my best to offer genuine advice...and I think people more or less like me are the target audience for anti-CP appeals.  People to my Left are anti-CP already, and people substantially to my Right will never lose their bloodlust.  I'm the swing group here.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 10:30:11 AM PDT

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    •  An argument rooted in pragmatism (0+ / 0-)

      goes out the window every time some heinous new crime is committed by someone with no shred of humanity.  There has to be a moral critical mass for consensus to crystallize on a robust basis.

      If you look at the stats on public opinion in Europe, they're not actually that different from here.  Anywhere from a third to a half of people in European countries with no death penalty support reestablishing one, but there is moral consensus among the people who reflect on issues and make decisions.

      Always apart, always asking Why.

      by Troubadour on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 10:38:54 AM PDT

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