The Ultimate Punishment : A Defense Of Capital Punishment Essay

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Ernest van den Haag, “The Ultimate Punishment: A Defense of Capital Punishment” (Analyzing Moral Issues, 234-238 in the 6th Ed.)
Ernest van den Haag idea for government role was “securing rights and duties by specifying them through laws and enforcing the laws.” Haag argues that capital punishment is morally permissible on the arguments of retribution rather than deterrence it can be clearly reflected in his work. Ernest also addresses the idea of justice, and deterrence. Ernest van den Haag main point was, if the government should not only have the right to punish but to also enforce more extreme laws. The big law, Ernest was behind was the death penalty and how the government should be able to enforce an eye for an eye type of polices. Van den Haag’s ideology is clearly conservative from his stands on the primary roles of government to the idea of securing rights through law. Van den Haag is also a big believe in the idea of people committing crimes only because they believe they can benefit from the crime. A lot of responses to these claims is that crime focus on different races. Ernest addresses this by saying racism has nothing to do with justice or morality. An example of blacks being more prone to get the death penalty was given, but he shows that blacks are actually the least discriminated against.

Haag, Ernest Van Den. "Capital Punishment Saves Lives." SpringerReference (2011): 1-6. Web. 12 Nov. 2015.
Haag had a background as a professor at Fordham University,…

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