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Ayn Rand on Crime

 


Too many laws means men can't live without breaking laws

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
Source: Government Bullies, by Rand Paul, p.231 , Sep 12, 2012

Let ten guilty go free rather than execute one innocent man

The valid argument against capital punishment comes from the fact that humans, including juries, are fallible; mistakes can be made. It is moral to let ten guilty men go free rather than execute one innocent man. It is better to condemn murderers to jail for life than risk taking the life of an innocent man,
Source: "Ayn Rand Answers," by Robert Mayhew, p. 45-46 , Nov 1, 2005

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