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Nov 13 2017

Decriminalizing Crime

Time for a new edition of the Newspeak Dictionary. All words that mean “criminal” must be abolished, according to Kimberley Brownlee, who teaches legal and moral philosophy at the U.K.’s University of Warwick:

We brand people as offenders, criminals, crooks, felons, convicts, lawbreakers, outlaws and delinquents. We label those who spend time in prison jailbirds and yardbirds. And we call those who’ve completed their sentences ex-offenders, ex-convicts and ex-cons. We also apply more specific epithets to people for particular offences, such as thief, murderer, rapist, sex offender, paedophile and serial killer. Even conscientious newspapers such as The New York Times and The Guardian use these labels…

In many other social areas, we have moved away from this kind of labelling. We’ve largely abandoned labels such as the autistic, the handicapped, the retarded, the disabled, the blind, the poor, and the undeserving poor. We now see just how prejudiced these labels are.

Some might say that criminals deserve to be called criminals even if this word is an “epithet,” because they have committed crimes.

But this thinking is wrongheaded. People who offend are not always blameworthy. And, people who are blameworthy are not always criminally liable.

It is politically incorrect to acknowledge a correlation between criminal behavior and blameworthiness, or to regard those who do not commit crimes as morally superior to those who do. After all, anyone might commit a crime. Like deviant sexual behavior, it is not a voluntary act of will, but just something that happens to you, according to egalitarian ideology. Otherwise, we would not all be the same.

The job of progressive social engineers will not be finished so long as any meaningful notion of morality or personal responsibility survives.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

  • Eddie_Valiant

    When Kimberley Brownlee and her ilk start sharing their homes with the “blameworthy,” feeding and clothing them, then I’ll listen to this “newspeak.” Otherwise, they’re just full of hot gas.

  • Franklyfrank

    Exactly Eddie. Reminds me of when Susan Sarandon, during the academy awards implored President Clinton to allow the Haitians with AIDS come into the country. I thought the same thing.
    The Left is not really about BEING fair, they are about LOOKING LIKE they’re being fair.

  • Anonymous

    “Criminal,” henceforth, will be reserved for anyone not politically correct…

  • Bully

    How many times must we separate America from the British? We’re no longer even close to being the same people. Look at what they’ve done to themselves and ask if you want that for us.

  • MAS

    Virtue signaling is a thing these days…

  • Mr. Freemarket

    “People who offend are not always blameworthy.”

    And people who have a teaching position don’t always have an opinion that is worth considering.

  • The Uhlan

    “People who offend are not always blameworthy.” Unless they don’t refer to a self-gelded male as a woman.

  • ICEvictim

    right out of Alinsky. Change the meanings of words to change the discussion.

  • TrueReaganConservative

    All words that mean “criminal” must be abolished,
    —EVEN “HILLARY” ????????

  • Phuqdem

    It is EVERYTHING with these lunatics.

  • Phuqdem

    The whole problem with these lunatics is that they do not believe in freewill. No one is responsible for their own actions…. not terrorists, not criminals, not pregnant women, gay people, pedophiles, nope not responsible. They were all born that way.
    Wait, I realized some people DO have freewill! All you racists and homophobes need to change your way of thinking right now!

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