Thursday, June 23, 2011

Common Sense Gets the Death Penalty

Setting aside the morally intolerable possibility of the State executing an innocent citizen, here is yet another reason to object to the death penalty: it costs way too freakin' much.
Taxpayers have spent more than $4 billion on capital punishment in California since it was reinstated in 1978, or about $308 million for each of the 13 executions carried out since then, according to a comprehensive analysis of the death penalty's costs.
Choke on that, California.

America's most important contribution to the history of moral philosophy is pragmatism. I suspect I'm not alone in yearning for its return to American political life.

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