3/12/08

Dershowitz on victimless crimes

I have conflicting feelings watching Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz discuss Eliot Spitzer's troubles. On the one hand, I'm yelling, "you idiot!" But then just as quickly, "damn, that's a good point."

What I've liked about Dershowitz for quite some time is his attack on victimless crimes and outdated laws. Of course, when someone says "victimless" crime, busybodies will find someone--a wife, girlfriend--who has bruised feelings and call that person a victim. If that doesn't work, then "society" is said to be threatened. My understanding is that "victimless crime" is meant in a legal sense--adultery is a civil, not legal, wrong.

In his 1992 book Contrary to Popular Opinion, Dershowitz attacks victimless crimes and outdated laws, concluding one column: "The righteous hypocrite vote in this country has always been stronger than the vice vote."

CJL

3 comments:

J. Underhill said...

Unfortunately one of the laws that Dershowitz seems to think is outdated is the Geneva Convention - and prohibitions on torture.

Anonymous said...

Well I can't speak for everyone, but I can speak for myself. Whilst I am and always have been willing to vote for a black candidate, I did not honestly think one could win until my wife made me listen to "An Audacity of Hope".

I'm voting for Barack Obama because he's Barack Obama. Not because he makes me feel good, not because of pretty speeches, but because of the person I believe he is, the ideals he espouses and the ideas that he represents.

Ferraro, and by extension Hillary, and by extension all those who now support her, are, indeed, racists.

Period.

Anonymous said...

I'm not opposed to voting for Obama. I haven't made up my mind one way or the other. I'm not that impressed with him up to this point.