Punishment is a Crime

       Punishment is a Crime

 

          It’s Sunday morning, the wife and I, over fifty, don’t sleep in past seven o’clock anymore so we’re up, each of us at our computers. On Twitter, I see, a Dr. Roger D. Jones has added one of my blog posts to his online psychiatry newspaper – that’s a great start to my day, but not for long. My wife is fascinated by all manner of tragedy, the bigger the better, and she’s reading about the Residential School scandal, the dark, most recent chapter in the story of Canada’s genocide of its Aboriginals. She tells me about a kid who, for the crime of speaking in his own language – a high crime for the genocidal – was beaten and thrown into a root cellar for two days and when they went in for him, they found he had died of his injuries.

          An horrific story all around, and not at all rare and extreme as these Residential School tales go. The violence, sexual and otherwise of those schools seems to have been the fucking point of them. Perhaps that is where the church knowingly placed its most sadistic and evil staff, and the urban church scandals were perpetrated by priests who never made the cut for the big game against the still extant native North Americans.

          Flatly disgusting. Personally, I would give Canada’s First Peoples half of Canada’s land, and not just the Barrens, either, the good stuff, the coasts, the farmland. When we are two strong nations – then maybe we can think about integrating, when it’s a merger of equals. Otherwise, with no balance of power, there can be no integration, only assimilation – the larger part of which is genocide – when you’re dealing with the aggressive, world-domination driven, white Christians of Europe. Yes, I know you don’t want to hear it, but that’s what we are.

          This is not my field of expertise, however, those are opinions, and the revelation the story of that murdered kid gives is the point here. Apologies, but I have to scream it:

          Don’t even tell me what the victim of abusive punishing did to earn it. If you beat a kid to death, I have no interest in HIS crime, we are talking about WHAT YOU DID, we are talking about YOUR crime.

          Of course, I don’t deal in one-off situations, I don’t concern myself with random phenomena that require specific individual explanations; I like to think I deal in principles. Anyone who for whatever reason seeks to understand me had better know this, that on the very same principle,

          Don’t even tell me what the object of punishment did to earn it. If you are treading on another person’s rights, if you are bringing pain and or deprivation to people intentionally, THEIR crimes are not subtracted from yours. We will deal with them and their crimes, meaning that we will work to solve poverty and ignorance and teach our children how to live – but we will also deal with you and your crimes. That means ‘correction’ will no longer be a moral defense for your crimes of punishing.

          I know, I’m going after a basic tenet of our societies, the legal/moral point that criminals forfeit their human rights. First of all, not so much. Despite the baffling and inexplicable fact that no-one is listening to me, that is already improving everywhere. Of course, in the former First World, prisoners have a reduced suite of human rights, it’s not that they have none at all, at least in theory if not in practice. The state has to work very hard in America for instance, to strip you of your right to life. Still, it’s a weird definition for ‘rights.’ Certainly it makes our rights very alienable, whatever that means. Apparently, we reserve the right to suspend your rights if you misbehave – clearly a breach of our inherent human rights, which is a logical fallacy no-one would ever allow if it weren’t beaten into us.

 

          I tell you now, this is not a logical conundrum humanity cannot escape, we can. We have to want to, of course, which means we need to understand it first. I think we have no idea of what we’re missing, I think a world where every crime doesn’t automatically replicate itself and become two crimes instead could be a much better place to live.

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Comments (12)

  1. killingtime

    clearly a breach of our inherent human rights
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    Do you really believe that humans have inherent rights? I don’t. If they did then babies wouldn’t die.

    June 14, 2015
    1. Neighsayer

      I love that argument – there aren’t “rights.” There are if we say there are. Violations of rights proves their non-existence in the same way that crime proves the non-existence of laws.

      June 14, 2015
      1. killingtime

        Interesting statement. There are rights if “WE” say there are. Who’s we? Can “We” agree on every right that “We” give to someone. I kind of doubt it. And if it comes to say, voting for those rights for others, what percentage is required? Can 51% of the people give or reject rights for others?
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        Thinking about it we could discuss this all day long & I’m not feeling well today. Sorry but I’ll have to pass, maybe next time.

        June 14, 2015
        1. Neighsayer

          same here

          June 14, 2015
    2. Neighsayer

      meaning, that is exactly in the breach of them that their existence is proved. Without law, there can be no crime, and without rights there can be no violation of them.

      June 14, 2015
  2. killingtime

    Oh as for someone that would beat a child to death. I believe that they have the right to be beaten to death & nothing else.

    June 14, 2015
  3. wirelessguru1

    So does this mean that you need to be punished!?

    June 14, 2015
    1. Neighsayer

      who, me? What for?

      June 14, 2015
  4. GoldenPig2012

    The shoe rarely fits comfortably when on the other foot.

    June 14, 2015
  5. gingernice

    So what do you think should happen to the person neighsayer.

    June 16, 2015
    1. Neighsayer

      which person?

      June 16, 2015
      1. gingernice

        one that did the killing? What should happen to him. Should we talk to him and reason, are in Texas but him in the fast lane for the chair.

        June 18, 2015