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“Thou Shalt Not Kill Or Rob The Nice Rich People”

It is said that criminals are not the masterminds we see in caper movies, but actually dumb as rocks. In evidence whereof, contemplate prison inmates. Granted, but these are by definition unsuccessful criminals, and it is not unlikely that they are unsuccessful precisely because they are dumb as rocks. Again by definition, successful criminals, who […]

Posted on September 29, 2010 at 16:12 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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What Presses Our Buttons

Our indignation at crime is not a result of its seriousness alone, because there are serious crimes we can thoroughly understand and identify with. Some may sympathise, for example, with the crime of passion; the law codes of Latin countries used to exculpate a husband who murdered a wife caught in flagrante, and modern northern […]

Posted on September 30, 2010 at 09:41 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Ingsoc At Last

Not content with suggesting that criminals be “chipped” with subcutaneous radio-transmitter implants interfaced with satellite tracking systems, the previous British Government agitated for the pre-emptive detention of people with “personality disorders”. As G.K. Chesterton pointed out about a century ago, however, all attempts to create a science of predicting criminal behaviour suffer from a serious […]

Posted on October 1, 2010 at 12:52 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The New Science Of Bad Blood

After several decades of believing that human beings were blank pages awaiting inscription by parents, teachers and social engineers, we are beginning to rediscover what we used to know perfectly well, that much human behaviour is driven by heredity. When the Blair Government talked about a national database for potential future offenders as pointed out […]

Posted on October 2, 2010 at 09:56 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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On Risk Assessment

People perceive risk very differently. Some people would think nothing of hitch-hiking from Cairo to Cape Town, while being afraid to hike the local mountains solo; the solitary scrambler may for his part be terrified of tropical diseases. The mountaineer may be afraid of bugs that he cannot see but feels that the mountains are […]

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 10:18 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
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Whodunit?

The detective-story genre may be driven, not, as claimed by academics, by a need for Ritual Violation and Restoration of Social Order, but by unease at the way police forces everywhere actually work. In the whodunit, the detective initially suspects somebody, then somebody else, and so on and so forth, until he or she finally […]

Posted on October 4, 2010 at 12:11 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Doing Time Contra Losing Balls

If some men kill in order to raise their status with their peers – “this is what happens when someone disses me” – then prison can a priori not be regarded as a punishment, for it will only serve to enhance their reputation as Hard Men. The tougher the terms of incarceration, indeed, the more […]

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 10:45 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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“If You Want To Know The Time, Ask A Pig Farmer”

Honest and naïve citizens are often heard to wonder why their police forces and prosecution authorities seem so strangely lenient on career criminals and why they often go to great lengths to catch first offenders and then consign them to prisons where they learn to be career criminals. It is almost as if they want […]

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 13:41 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · 2 Comments
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Five Little Thoughts On Government And Society

Everyone knows that teenagers romanticise death, either because they have no idea what it actually is, or because they are terrified of it, or both. So what is it that adults romanticise, because they are scared of it and have no idea what it actually is? The State, perhaps? The more you make your actual […]

Posted on October 7, 2010 at 11:40 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Sheep-Flaying Age

I do not know whether university students are still being taught the high-minded fictions of Politics 101, in which institutions are created to serve the common good, and whether the reason why reality cannot be spoken is because it is just too depressing. For the truth about the human race is fully known to all […]