We meet in Wylie Hall 115. Wylie is located on the eastern border of the Dunn Woods, just south of the IMU. Map here: bit.ly/wyliehall
This week, we will watch The Invention of Lying, by popular demand. IMDb sez: “A comedy set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain.” The movie stars Ricky Gervais and allegedly explores morality and atheism.
We meet in Lindley Hall 102. Lindley is located on the southeast corner of Dunn Woods, north of Rawles Hall. Map here: http://g.co/maps/pgtx
Note: After Sunday’s meeting discussing the death penalty, members of the SAIU were given the opportunity to write an op-ed defending their position. The opinions expressed in this piece are not necessarily those of the SAIU.
Why do we punish criminals? We punish as prevention — to keep the criminal from causing further harm, or to deter potential offenders. We punish as rehabilitation — to heal the criminal’s psyche, or to make him a functional member of society. And we punish as retribution — to give the victims peace of mind, or to balance the scales of Justice itself. This is why we lock human beings up in very small rooms with other very bad people, and why we sometimes give money to corrections officers to kill them. But having been made aware that these are our reasons, we can question whether they are good reasons.
Focusing on the death penalty sharpens the question. Given corpses’ incorrigibility, rehabilitation is ruled out. Nor has it been proven that execution is a better deterrent than life in prison. Murderers do not systematically weigh all the consequences before acting. And even if they were rational and well-educated enough to do so, they’d be crazy to give much thought to the death penalty: In the United States, 40% of homicides go unsolved, and even among the convicted, only 3% of murderers are sentenced to be executed.
Note: After Sunday’s meeting that discussed the death penalty, members of the SAIU were given the opportunity to write an op-ed defending their position. The opinions expressed in this piece do not reflect or represent those of the SAIU.
A few days ago, I volunteered to participate in a class exercise where I was to briefly answer questions that other students asked in order to try and guess where I lean politically. After a handful of questions that covered issues like abortion and the environment, the class concluded that I was a very liberal voter.
They’re right, of course, as I do lean to left quite a bit. But it would have been interesting to see what they would’ve concluded had they asked me about the death penalty. Unlike most liberals, I am very much in support of the death penalty, both in theory and in practice.
This is the first of two Thursdays on which Lindley 102 is not available to us for movie night purposes. Instead, we will meet up at the normal time (7pm) in the Indiana Memorial Union’s Back Alley to play some pool and hit the lanes. No hustling. Big Lebowski cosplay welcome.
The Back Alley is on the ground floor of the IMU, downstairs from the Starbucks.
** NOTE ** This costs money. Billiards is $5.50 per table per hour, which we can split between whoever plays. I don’t know how much bowling costs but it’s surely not much.