Difference between revisions of "Vices conversation questions"

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*Should drunk drivers be treated as patients or criminals?  If they are treated as criminals, then what punishment is appropriate?  
 
*Should drunk drivers be treated as patients or criminals?  If they are treated as criminals, then what punishment is appropriate?  
 
*Many smokers decide to smoke regardless of the potential risks.  Should they be treated by the state or should they be obliged to pay for their own treatment?
 
*Many smokers decide to smoke regardless of the potential risks.  Should they be treated by the state or should they be obliged to pay for their own treatment?
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==See also==
  
 
*[[Crime conversation questions]]
 
*[[Crime conversation questions]]

Revision as of 15:18, 6 March 2009

The questions

  • Two drugs - alcohol and tobacco - are considered to be (only) vices - not crimes. However other drugs are illegal. Is this fair or rational?
  • What activities should be covered by the criminal law? How do we decide?
  • Which is more important - to protect people from themselves, or people’s right to choose to live their lives in whatever manner they like?
  • Crimes such as prostitution, pornography and the sale of illegal drugs are sometimes referred to as “victimless” crimes. Do you agree? Should these, in fact, be illegal?
  • Drinking is generally to be considered to be a vice, but it can also be considered to be an illness (alcoholism) or a crime (drunk driving).
  • Should drunk drivers be treated as patients or criminals? If they are treated as criminals, then what punishment is appropriate?
  • Many smokers decide to smoke regardless of the potential risks. Should they be treated by the state or should they be obliged to pay for their own treatment?

See also