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  •  It occurred to me just now... (none)
    that I didn't read your "where possible" and so I probably thought you were making a stronger statement than you actually were. If so, I apologize. :-)

    Also, I'm not sure if the person to whom you are responding is necessarily talking about vengeance. When a male dog behaves poorly, we often respond by neutering it. We're not punishing the dog for misbehaving; we're just removing the reason he misbehaves. This is just raising that principle to people: fix the person by removing part of their motivation/ability to commit a crime/misbehave. (The grandparent may have been going more for a vengeance aspect, but it's too early in the morning for my subtextual skills to be working.)

    The objection I would raise to it (aside from it making me feel icky) is that it treats human beings not as rational agents able to judge/control their own actions but as biological miscreants that require fixing.

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