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A Cost Benefit Analysis Of Cost Benefit Analysis
http://www.newenglishreview.org/custpage.cfm/frm/15323/sec_id/15323 ^ | Theodore Dalrymple

Posted on 02/01/2008 2:23:16 PM PST by ventanax5

It goes without saying, I hope, that I am utterly opposed to murder. If it were possible to eliminate this, the oldest and most terrible of crimes, from the face of the earth, I should most certainly rejoice at it. So why is it that, when asked to prepare a medico-legal report in a case of murder, whether for the defence or the prosecution, I am extremely pleased and look forward immensely to receiving and reading all the documentation? Why is this, when I know full well that a world without murder would be much better than the one in which we live?

Most murders are merely sordid, of the kind that Sherlock Holmes would have despised as presenting no difficulties, at least from the point of view of the detection of the perpetrator. They take place in grim circumstances. They are, in his terminology, no-pipe problems. But most of them nevertheless contain disputable points, often of a medical nature, and if a point can be disputed, lawyers will dispute it

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1 posted on 02/01/2008 2:23:16 PM PST by ventanax5
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Absolutely splendid.


2 posted on 02/01/2008 2:37:51 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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the value of life is not to be estimated by its length or by any other mechanical measure beloved of rationalists.

Very true. And I speak as a devout rationalist.

3 posted on 02/01/2008 2:46:23 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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