Monday, May 16, 2011

"Torture works" isn't an argument

Joshua Mercer makes the point that "torture works" isn't an argument in favor of torture, even if torture did work, which is doubtful.

Hat tip: Mark Shea, who has some comments of his own here.


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  2. And of all the arguments against torture, the last one I would use is it does not work.

    It also happens to be the last one I would use as well. I'd still use it, but only after providing the ample evidence against it in history, ethics, law, intuition and the fact that propenents can't muster a defense of it that doesn't fly apart on scrutiny.