Unintended consequences of a boycott
“I feel my whole body burning.” These were the last words of an Oklahoma man executed under the death penalty last week using possibly expired drugs. Sound like cruel and unusual punishment?
Gallup released a poll Tuesday showing that 60 percent of Americans favor capital punishment—the lowest rate in nearly 40 years. This comes about a month after the FBI released its 2012 national crime statistics, the latest data point in a long-term reduction in violent crime since the early 1990s. As the two graphs below show, these two figures have similar trajectories.
Boycotts don't work against Texas executioners. But they could hurt pharmaceutical firms that make execution drugs.
Boycotts and lawsuits don't work against Texas executioners. But they could hurt pharmaceutical firms that make execution drugs.
When the government reopens, shut this stuff down
If architecture is, as Goethe put it, frozen music, then which classical opus is suspended within the granite semicircle of Washington’s National World War II memorial?