Wednesday, March 16, 2005

The death penalty - you can't make this stuff up

Juan Manuel Alvarez, the mercurially suicidal guy who parked his SUV on the train tracks in Glendale, CA, killing 11 people, was placed on a suicide watch. There is no decision yet about whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty.

Do we live in a great country or what?


Blogger Steve Nadis said...

There are some ironies here that would be laughable, except for the terrible consequences.

1:05 PM  
Blogger Bart Wright said...

Shield your eyes: Luddite performing test.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Bart Wright said...

I'm against capital punishment, but don't feel too strongly about it, since it really affects very few people, even in Texas. If (counterfactually, I think) it somehow served to get vengeance out of the systems of the proponents, it might even be worth it, if they then ceased support for our invading Iraq and destroying civil liberties (that cynical judgment might not be one I agree with, actually). The main effect of capital punishment is symbolic, I think, given fairly widespread media coverage.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Alec Wysoker said...

Perhaps it isn't your highest priority in terms of injustices out there, but IMHO one can still judge its morality regardless of how many people are affected.

Unfortunately, I don't believe that vengeance is a desire that is generally satisfiable. I suspect that people who get a little simply think they deserve more.

Politicians' positions on capital punishment is, IMHO, and indicator of their general attitude toward people. I.e. politicians who support the death penalty tend to believe that the state of the underprivileged is completely their own fault, rather than being partly the fault of a system that rewards the haves and punishes the have-nots. (Talk about flame-bait.)

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Snake said...

You're right. We do live in a great country, & we should be more vigorous in exporting our values throughout the world.

9:23 PM  

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