Assuming he is in custody. Assuming he will remain in custody. After all, genocidal maniacs have often gathered followers who will do anything to defend/support them - look at Osama Bin Laden.For those who we think are going to kill again, the solution is simple: Don't let them out. For those who have dangerous followers, it makes no sense to martyr them. I don't think you've thought this through very well.
You are correct, I didn't. My original point was that even a moral almost everyone could probably agree upon, "killing is wrong", would potentially have exceptions and I threw one out there off the top of my head.
As for martyring a genocidal maniac - who says his followers are told he's actually dead? If he's proven to be dangerous and resourceful enough that even imprisonment would be dangerous, you kill him quietly, bury him in an unmarked potter's field and claim you've got him in solitary. Years later you start saying he's ill and eventually he "passes away from natural causes". As one possible solution.
Why can't we psychologically screen the psychopaths who like killing, and give them jobs in slaughterhouses? Wouldn't that reduce the incidence of war?
It probably wouldn't reduce the incidence of war but would potentially reduce the incidence of other killings – if their work in the slaughterhouse satisfied their blood lust.
Since serial killers and other psychopaths can behave themselves at least part of the time, if we do develop reliable enough testing to know who they are, why not train them to be military or police? Right now criminals don't respect the police in part because they know the police are going to go out of their way to arrest even the lowest, most vile piece of crap on the street rather than shoot them. If they know the police employ psychopaths who behave themselves only with law-abiding citizens and have been trained in what is acceptable with specific levels of criminal behavior, I think there would be less crime and more criminals would surrender easier when caught. Knowing that the psychopath cop is waiting for the criminal to pull a gun and watching, hoping for it, that will change the police/criminal dynamic. Hopefully for the better.
Yes, I am a fan of the heart-warming tale of a family man just trying to make his way in a world that doesn't understand him – the blood spatter analyst by day and hero by night, Dexter. I enjoy both the books and the Showtime series.
Slightly, but not by much. Because, for the most part wars are fomented by societal leaders for their own goals. Those that rise to that place in power probably have either enough smarts, money, or connections to avoid/cheat on said test.
A perfect example of this tendency at work is GWB. If it wasn't for his family position, his drug use, going AWOL, string of money losing businesses, and so forth would have marked him as someone you wouldn't want to trust with more responsibility than managing a Wendy's. If he wasn't Republican you would have certainly heard about his incompetence and criminal behavior nightly on Fox. Yet he ends up through slimy and illegal means of his brother messing with the ballot box, becoming President and then being reelected.
If it wasn't being in the U.S.; the story would sound like something straight out of Junta in Central America.
Or from the pages of the Onion.
I read the book The Psychopath Test
by Jon Ronson. He points out that some CEOs are psychopaths. If he/she has bought, gutted and sold the remains of a company you're probably looking at a psychopath. Although a few were hired to do the gutting of a company for someone else. Mr Ronson interviewed someone who he gave the test to surreptitiously during the interview. The man had enough of an ego (a common failing among them) that he saw the detrimental aspects he was questioned on and twisted them into virtues.