When it comes to capital punishment, it may make sense to be a little bit defeatist. Like abortion, the death penalty is a topic about which you have to presume that you are never going to change anyone else’s mind. Whether the other person views it as a necessary part of the justice system or as a moral outrage, odds of changing the other person’s mind through reasoned discourse are slim.
Susan D. Rozelle,
Keep Tinkering: The Optimist and the Death Penalty,
70 Ark. L. Rev.
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