When you commit a crime, the State responds by punishing you. But why? How does adding more suffering make society any better off?

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There are now 3 comments... what are your thoughts?
  1. Prisoner's Dillema says

    Good question!

  2. WJS says

    The cynic in me wants to say that the well-being of society isn’t high on the list of the state’s priorities. She just really loves her hammer (read: wishes to retain a large number of men-at-arms), and if she didn’t have an acceptable target to use it on, people might ask questions about why she needs the damn thing so much. Society does benefit from this arrangement, to be sure, but that’s not the same thing as it being for the benefit of society.

  3. ken says

    Punishment by the state is primarily used to illustrate that is you rebel against societies “norms” you injure society as a whole and not just the person place or thing against which the act was committed. It’s meant to be a deterrent

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