"The uneven impact of actual enforcement measures tends to mirror and
reinforce more general patterns of discrimination (along socioeconomic,
racial and ethnic, sexual, and perhaps generational lines) within the
society. As a consequence, such enforcement (ineffective as it may be
in producing conformity) almost certainly reinforces feelings of
alienation already prevalent within major segments of the population."
by:
Edwin M. Schur
American professor, sociologist, lawyer, economist, author
Source:
Schur, Edwin (1974) Victimless crimes: Two sides of controversy. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall.
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This seems to imply that the problem lies, not in deterring crime, but in doing so without regard to the peculiar nature of the criminal; so as not to hurt anyone's feelings. in other words, if you tend to let certain types of people get away with crime, you are unfairly discriminating against the ones you punish for committing the same crime, making the discrimination a worse offense than the original crime itself. I cannot help but feel that this quote is sophism, though discrimination on the grounds mentioned is wrong.
 -- David L Rosenthal     
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    The ruling class enforces its rules mostly on the subject classes while leaving the privileged classes alone -- except when competing for seats of power. The war on drugs is a good example. History is riddled with attempts at imposing moral judgements upon the subject classes -- and eventually all efforts fail as the hypocrisy of the rules becomes self-evident.
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