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Saturday, July 19, 2014

"On Deterrence"

This post at Crime & Consequences seems to infer that deterrence arguments are always correct from the fact that deterrence arguments are sometimes correct, but it does report on an interesting example from the Christian Science Monitor:

In 2011, 237 ships were attacked by pirates around northeast Africa.  So far this year there have been seven attacks which all failed.  What happened?  Warships were dispatched to patrol the area and the shipping companies hired armed security guards to repel the pirates.  The pirates who have been captured have been prosecuted and imprisoned.  Interviews with gang leaders who had previously managed the pirates and the pirates themselves reveal that, due to the increased consequences for piracy, it is no longer worth the risk.

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