What Great Company We Keep

Only twenty nations in the world still have the death penalty. The United States is the only country in the Americas, the only nation in the G8, to still practise judicial execution. And we’re so good at it. The US ranks 5th out of those twenty, beaten only by China, Iran, North Korea and Saudi Arabia.

Update Related: Michael Ignatieff reviews All the Missing Souls, an insider account of why “no country has invested more in the development of international jurisdiction for atrocity crimes and no country has worked harder to make sure that the law it seeks for others does not apply to itself.”

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Steve Hynd

Most recently I was Editor in Chief of The Agonist from Feb 2012 to Feb 2013. My blogging began at Newshoggers and I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with some great writers there and around the web ever since, including at Crooks & Liars. I'm a late 40′s, Scottish ex-pat, now married to a wonderful Texan, with Honours in Philosophy from Univ. of Stirling, UK 1986. I worked most of life in business insurance industry (fire, accident, liability) including 12 years as a broker/underwriter/correspondent at Lloyd’s of London. Being from the other side of the pond, my political interests tend to focus on how US foreign policy affects the rest of the planet. Other interests include early and dark-ages British history, literature and cognitive philosophy/science.

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  • …policy/law; then the obfuscation is needing to be understood. Since extra-judicial killings are now more common than state sponsored executions; state sponsored/judicial executions are ludicrous on their face. In effect, meaningless.
    Otherwise, the U.S. is leading the pack by executing thousands; both guilty (whatever that means) and collateral (I hate that fucking term).
    So, cut to the quick; America murders more humans than all but a very few (I have no statistics other than news) countries on this beautiful blue orb.
    Quite a legacy, no?

    Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them,and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows,or with both~FDouglas

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