posted on Sep, 22 2011 @ 02:56 AM
How far back in human culture do you suppose it goes?
And who has it always served the best?
Leaders who wanted to hide something.
It's a short-term fix. If the target knows too much, it stops him talking. It doesn't erase what he knows, but it usually installs an amnesia
screen. So of all the uses for state murder, I think the use of it against people who know too much is the most effective.
Have you noticed how many people who go on homicidal rampages usually also kill themselves? That's typical of someone who suffers a psychotic
On the other hand, programmed killers often survive, then disappear into mental hospitals.
So who does that leave to actually be killed in prison? Probably mostly people who did something very bad and then managed to get themselves caught,
and people who were framed. These are probably the people who are most likely to benefit from being kept alive.
If you are crazy, killing you will not make you sane. So you just come back and do it again.
If you are sane, killing you might help you decide to do something crazy when you come back. But mostly it just terrorizes your friends and family who
Is death really a punishment? It hurts really bad for as long as it takes to die. Then it's over. The being eventually comes back, with some vague
sense of having lost even more control over his life, and dreams up a new dramatization.
If you really want to punish someone, isolate him. Give him nothing productive to do, no one to interact with. That's punishment for all but the
totally insane. And they rarely show up in prison.
Want to rehabilitate him? Then don't punish him! As soon as you do you've given him the perfect excuse to go out and commit another crime.
Punishment is for psychopaths. They enjoy doing it to people. The rest of us should be able to come up with better ways to deal with these problems.