Purpose of Punishment

Punishment in criminal justice serves five purposes:

(1) Retribution;
(2) Specific deterrence or incapacitation (i.e., deterring the wrongdoer);
(3) General deterrence (i.e., deterring third-parties);
(4) Rehabilitation; and,
(5) Restitution.

That first one sometimes goes by the name “justice”.

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Well That Puts Things in Perspective

What was the driving force behind missionaries and imperialism, anyway?
Looking forward to the pushback on this one.

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Fundamentals in the defense against SJW’s

Social Justice Warriors leave a wake of misery. They like it said that “they mean well”, but they don’t. Vox Day has three core truths to dismantle their destructive worldview.

1. Government is force.
2. Politics divides people.
3. System is domination.

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Finally! Facts.

FoundItIn case you had been wondering what the facts are to support those fevered accusations against Harper: running from debates, dictator, “active promotion of ignorance”, here they are.

Plus a couple of scraps of detail on Duffy.

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Persuasion and the Value Proposition

Dilbert author, Scott Adams says Trump is a clown genius.
(sept’15) Adams has been talking about Trump a lot. Gillespie is now analyzing him in terms of game.

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Found on the Bottom of the Memory Hole

A few reminders about the Iraq war:

  • deep_holeIt was not primarily about WMDs
  • Bush didn’t lie about WMDs
  • Democrat pre-war rhetoric was at least as aggressive as Republican
  • Iraq circa 2008 (especially 2012) was a won war
  • Bush did not perform acts of war w/o authorization. Obama did.
  • Iraq c2002 did have WMDs and almost certainly had stockpiles. They were found exactly where conservatives said: in Syria.*

*The most emphatic references no longer online

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Upside-Down Economics

The welfare trap is deeper than I ever imagined. The welfare trap occurs when a person goes on welfare and finds herself stuck: where working harder provides no benefit, or actually costs money. Repeat: the welfare system makes it so people can lose money by working more, enjoy less benefits by getting a raise.
“That’s no trap,” you say, “that’s Utopia.”
I say no. When you do no work you gain no skills and so have no future prospects. Your social interactions decline. Your attitudes become entitled. Your self-esteem shrivels. Worst of all, there is no reason to believe your situation will improve.
Those are just the costs to the recipient who, you’ll recall, is the supposed beneficiary. Imagine what is lost on the donor side. How many men forfeit family and community to pay for that trap? How many women sacrifice family and home life for that trap? What would our communities be like if that time, money and energy were available?
An old Quebecois folk singer coined a phrase that aboriginal reformers have taken up:

“The best way to kill a man is to pay him for doing nothing”


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