Justified Murder? No!

From: N
Sent: Friday, March 11, 2016 8:50 PM
To: Walter Block
Subject: Re: Murder

We never know how much Russian roulette will scare somebody, but if we follow Rothbard we should use the case of the ordinary man as a starting point, and if the ordinary man lives to 75 then we should use 75.

Say I am five minutes away from death when I’m murdered, do you really believe my murderer should be executed? 

On Friday, March 11, 2016, Walter Block <walterblock@business.loyno.edu wrote:

Dear N:

Yes, every life, every second of it, is precious. If someone murders a victim who has only 5 minutes to live (arguendo), he is just as much a murderer as someone who murders a child victim with, oh, 90 years to live.  I don’t say murderers should necessarily be executed. Rather, the heirs of the victim should decide that, but, execution should be one of their options. As for the government executing anyone, that’s highly problematic, given how inept they are.

Best regards,

Walter

From: N
Sent: Friday, March 11, 2016 8:56 PM
To: Walter Block
Subject: Re:

I agree that every second of life is precious, but we have to be proportional. We can’t punish the theft of 5 minutes with execution. As we can’t punish the theft of $5 with a fine of $5,000,000.

Dear N:

According to the logic you employ, a man of 95 has lived 20 years past the time when he ought to be expected to die. So, it would be a positive virtue to kill him, not a murder? I would say this even if I were not now 77 years old, two years past my supposed cut off point.

Best regards,

Walter

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