Volume 1, Issue 1, 2013
Jordan S. Rubin
Can I Get a Witness From the Population?!
Successful implementation of the death penalty requires the government to kill its citizens. Not surprisingly, this practice is controversial. One of the most polarizing aspects of capital punishment is what some people—proponents and opponents of the penalty alike—see as its ultimate, definitive nature. However, in this article, I analyze a feature of the death penalty that citizens of all political stripes take for granted: the afterlife. First, I attempt to establish the afterlife’s pertinence to the death penalty. Second, I find that, due to the uncertain nature of the afterlife, capital punishment must be abolished. Third, I propose a replacement punishment, and explore absurd outcomes of my theory to test its durability.