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Observe how the 'humane' attitude to crime could operate. If crimes are diseases, why should diseases be treated differently from crimes? And who but the experts can define disease? One school of psychology regards my religion as a neurosis. If this neurosis ever becomes inconvenient to Government, what is to prevent my being subjected to a compulsory 'cure'? It may be painful; treatments sometimes are. But it will be no use asking, 'What have I done to deserve this?' The Straightener will reply: 'But, my dear fellow, no one's blaming you. We no longer believe in retributive justice. We're healing you.'
C. S. Lewis (more quotes by C. S. Lewis or books by/about C. S. Lewis)
(1898-1963), British novelist
Willing Slaves of the Welfare State, first published in The Observer on July 20, 1958
Crime, Humanitarian, Statism