Fear and Punishment
... have been the weapons of the oppressors and ruling classes since the dawn of society. While today mankind may thump his chest about political correctness, fairness and freedom for all, little has changed really since the Egyptians paid slaves beer to build the Great Pyramids. Of course there was a great Civil War to free slaves in the United States in the 1860’s and a grand World War in the 1930’s and 40’s to topple dictatorships, yet fear and punishment are still used today as weapons to keep the masses in line. Even so called “free” societies like the United States use the fear of regulations, crime and punishment to rule and maintain a power structure. While society is far more advanced than it was thousands of years ago, the use of fear and punishment for maintaining control has advanced and been refined as well.
“The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.” Plato, Greek Philosopher & Writer
While it goes against all logic, that people would crave being in fear or want to be punished, most people when asked will say that we need a strong government system to maintain laws and order. Yet every governmental legal and criminal code, from Sharia Law to the U.S, Federal Judiciary system, utilizes fear and punishment as the foundation for its enforcement. Obviously the degrees of fear and punishment vary and the reasons for using fear and punishment vary, but the ultimate basis of any governmental judicial system is founded on the idea that fear and punishment will make people and society behave as they should, “as they should” being determined by whoever has the reins.
“Punishment is the last and the least effective instrument in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime.” John Ruskin, English Writer, Pundit & Art Critic
The fact of the matter is, hurting someone or something is counterproductive, whereas helping someone or something is productive. Why would we, as a people, choose to implement and follow a counterproductive judiciary and legal system? Why would we not choose a productive, healthy system instead?
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