I am against capital punishment. I am also against police murdering innocent people. Being against the killing of a person convicted of a capital crime implies that one even more strongly and clearly must be against police murdering innocent people. It means that police procedures and weapons should never be employed in a wide range of instances where they are now standard operating procedure. If Americans were against capital punishment, then they would not allow police to be running wild and getting away with it as they are doing today in so many instances.
The first time I stated my capital punishment position in this blog was on May 2, 2011. It was on the occasion of bin Laden’s reported killing. Calls were being made at that time for the killing of Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi. This occurred on Oct. 20, 2011. Accounts vary on how he was killed. There was altogether too much celebration of these killings, even if these men were guilty of capital crimes, but there had been no judicial proceedings that even reached that judgment.
Imagine that we Americans change our minds about capital punishment and decide that it is wrong. There are many grounds for doing so. Relevant to the anti-state philosophy of this site is the following from philosopher Nicholas Berdyaev:
“It has been said: ‘Those taking up the sword, will perish by the sword’. This was said for the state, since the state not only was the first to have taken up the sword, having been begotten in bloody killings, but it also elevated the killing into law, it admitted death as one of the laws of life. It is known, that capital punishment developed historically out of the blood feud, that the state out of concern took upon itself the task to organise retribution, having transformed it into something impersonal. The elements of revenge in the blood feud — are irrational, in it is stirred up a primordial chaos, but this chaos is infinitely more noble and holier, than the organised, mindfully deliberate, consciously-bestial retribution of the state, than its monstrous impersonalism. Death is something terrible and killing something reprehensible, but what can be said about death, elevated into a law of life, about killing, organised consciously by the masters of life in the name of upholding an illusory order of affairs within it. There is in the world an higher truth, than with this blood revenge, and to this revenge it summons us not, but the state is not mindful about this truth, it is not given for the state to have to answer for the horror of killing. For a man it has been said: ‘Do not kill’, but the state, the people of the state, the people in power have regarded this as not applying to them, they have attributed the commandment as applying only to their subjects and uphold their existence by a beastly law, nowise heedful about God.12:56 pm on December 21, 2014 Email Michael S. Rozeff