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*Which is more important  - to protect people from themselves, or people’s right to choose to live their lives in whatever manner they prefer?
 
*Which is more important  - to protect people from themselves, or people’s right to choose to live their lives in whatever manner they prefer?
 
*Prostitution, pornography and the sale of illegal drugs are sometimes referred to as “victimless” crimes.  Do you agree?  Should these, in fact, be illegal?
 
*Prostitution, pornography and the sale of illegal drugs are sometimes referred to as “victimless” crimes.  Do you agree?  Should these, in fact, be illegal?
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*Some have argued that "victimless crimes" are just another word for "sins" - that they are a holdover from the time when law and punishment were based on religious principles.  What do you think?
 
*Drinking is generally considered a vice, but it can also be considered to be an illness (alcoholism) or a crime (drunk driving).
 
*Drinking is generally considered 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?  
 
*Should drunk drivers be treated as patients or criminals?  If they are treated as criminals, then what punishment is appropriate?  

Revision as of 08:46, 23 July 2009


A "vice" is usually considered to be a personal character weakness. Vices, as such, are often not illegal.

Vices

  • 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 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 prefer?
  • Prostitution, pornography and the sale of illegal drugs are sometimes referred to as “victimless” crimes. Do you agree? Should these, in fact, be illegal?
  • Some have argued that "victimless crimes" are just another word for "sins" - that they are a holdover from the time when law and punishment were based on religious principles. What do you think?
  • Drinking is generally considered 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, that is, the taxpayer, or should they be obliged to pay for their own treatment?
  • Could liking chocolate be considered a "vice"? Why/why not?
  • Do you think there's any difference between a vice and an addiction?

See also