30 March 2011

Compensation replaces retribution

"In the political order ... justice replaces vengeance, and negotiated solutions abolish absolute commands." (The West and the Rest: Globalization and the Terrorist Threat, Roger Scruton, 2002; page 2). 
According to this notion of a political order, compensation replaces retribution. With this substitution, right at the outset, is where the Western way of thinking about politics runs aground.

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