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    • 06.12.09 | 12:08 (IST)

    In most countries that abolished capital punishment, executions would be restituted if put to the population at large. If all policies are decided by referenda, the selection of officials should depend not on their qualifications or ability to govern but on their ability to faithfully carry out the instructions of the population. Population = boss, elected official = servant. Referenda = mob rule? The Swiss were not offered the possibility of limiting the height of minarets, the options were a straight yes or no. A survey of people who voted no to minarets might be revelatory. There are ways of ensuring that slaughter is as humane as possible, but no method is in itself better than any other. Hanging cattle upside down on a moving line and hitting their heads one by one before cutting their throats is no more humane than swiftly cutting their jugular with a smooth knife. Either allow it or don't. If you don't like slaughter, don't eat meat.

    from the article: What do mosque minarets and kosher slaughter have in common?
    First published 01:11 06.12.09 | Last updated 09:32 06.12.09
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