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Condemned prisoners often spend decades on death row before being executed—if the execution ever happens at all—a fact that undermines any retributive value capital punishment might provide.
Men’s-rights activists love to imagine apocalyptic scenarios in which this sort of retributive violence plays out on a global scale.
Chicago, then, is in the throes of a culture — maybe not so much retributive as reactive — that is killing people, sometimes multiple people, almost every day.
End the racial and economic violence, and the demand for retributive physical violence falls as well.
The conventional superhero brings peace through retributive violence; when Batman saves Gotham, much of the city is destroyed.
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