Crime and punishment

Alexander Lee reminds us of Thomas Paine’s wisdom – something I’m fearful we ae short of at the moment.

For Paine even the most heinous crimes must be punished with justice and moderation and with more regard for liberty than revenge. Similarly, since a shared goodness underpinned liberty itself, punishment must not further corrupt the fallen, but augment their better nature so that they might respect and enjoy freedom the better.

Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan

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