The Human Rights of Individualism

The reported that China moves to reduce number of crimes punishable by death.  Considering that in 1980, China had no legal system much has been accomplished and more is yet to come.

I agree that some of the crimes that warrant the death penalty in China are unfair for the crime committed, but China is not a Western country and the history of China prior to Communism shows that convicted criminals were often executed for a long list of nonviolent crimes.

Call me an Old Testament man. I believe if someone is convicted with overwhelming evidence of a brutal crime, he or she should face punishment equal to or worse than the crime they committed.

A trial for first-degree murder should end in a swift execution.

Face it, there are convicted criminals who cannot be allowed out of prison. Instead of locking them up for decades at a high cost to honest hardworking taxpayers, the criminals should be executed.

The Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says, “Recognition of inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.”  Source: Human Rights Here and Now

I disagree with the term “all members” of the human family. Some criminals forfeit that right due to the nature of his or her crimes.

In forty-six American states and the District of Columbia, convicted criminal offenders are denied the right to vote while serving a sentence in prison. Thirty-nine states also disenfranchise felons on parole and twenty-nine disenfranchise those on probation.

In fourteen states, even ex-offenders who have served their sentences remain barred for life from voting. Source: The Sentencing Project

However, there is pressure on the United States to go easier on ex-offenders and allow them to have the right to vote again.

In fact, almost every country is changing due to pressure from human rights groups.  I don’t oppose what the human rights groups are doing yet slavery didn’t end during the American Civil War. Why isn’t more being done to end slavery?

Today, more than 27 million men, women and children endure brutal working conditions for no money and under the constant threat of beatings, torture and rape. Source:

All a slaver has to do is make sure he or she lives in a country that, at worst, will lock him or her up for life and provide free shelter, free food and free medical—something that China doesn’t do for these types of crimes.

Do you believe pampering hard-core criminals is going to change them? Maybe theWest should consider what “human rights” looks like in a collective culture as opposed to individualism.


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. 

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5 Responses to The Human Rights of Individualism

  1. NN says:

    Now you really are bringing up a difficult subject. Personally I don’t think child rape is “bad enough” compared with brutal torture, murdering and serial killing for ex.

    I think lot of the problem is the society it self with its sick culture, that sex- and violent all around. No one will make it, to live a healthier living under too hard circumstances.

    But of course, when somebody already has gone criminal and ended up in a negative cycle with drugs and all kind of criminality it’s hard to treat them.

    Some of them are mentally very ill, for ex. those who’s born with a tendency to sadism and bad sexual habits, like necrophilia and so no (real grows stuff….) are those who might have better been “put to rest”.

    Otherwise there should be a change in living in its whole, work on the whole society to change and give people better opportunities to live a normal life. But when that is more a dream, something has to be done so this worse case scenarios don’t get a norm.

    I don’t like the idea of death sentence, but in some cases it’s perhaps better that way.

    There was a case over here when a guy was brutally beating and threatening a woman in front of his own child. The woman called the police for help, but she wasn’t taken seriously (this kind of violence is still very unusual over here). Some days later he put her on fire and her/their child saw her own mother burn to death outside the window.

    We don’t even have death sentence and the maximum a prisoner can get is 14 years. Many angry and upset parents wants death sentence here, but I doubt it would help. If a person is ill he is ill or put on wrong medication during treatment, or more like non treatment.

    We also have a scandal case of a man who has been judged for several murders. He was on heavy medication and constantly put in stage and forced to tell his version of all the cases under misleading questions.

    In general I would say more like this. People need help in time, and people should be aware of different signs of a potential criminal in time. Some also take a 100% safe society for granted, and that is also a part of the problem.

    • I agree that there are some crimes that are worse than others and the worst crimes should come with a death sentence.

      China has more executions than any country on earth and they are cutting back because of pressure from Western nations (with a different value system) but I do not see China ending the death penalty any time soon since in China’s Collective Culture, getting rid of a person who doesn’t fit (a rotten egg among thousands) and who has done horrible crimes according to the Chinese legal system, which is still evolving since China had none when Mao died, are eliminated so they do not pollute the cuture as we see in America where there are about one million gang members who belong to violent gangs that sell drugs, shoot others, sometimes just to prove he or she has the ability to murder and it doesn’t matter who they shoot, etc.

      The U.S. also has more people in prison than any country on earth.

      It is as if the criminal and murderers are more valuable than honest, hard working people who have never been that bad.

      However, the U.S. still has the death penatly but few are executed. Instead the U.S. locks up criminals considered so dangerous they are kept in isolation in maximium secruity prisons for life at a cost of about $50 thousand annually until the criminal dies a natural death. In the meantime, that criminal has 100% medical care for every type of treatment even orgran transplants so no one can accuse the U.S. of cruel and inhuman treatment according to Western idealists who seem to have the upper hand.

      But the pendulum of history will change and one day the executions for dangerous criminals will return. This is a luxury that honest people cannot afford forever.

      • NN says:

        Yes, that’s little odd when you mention it. I’ve written to some prisoners in the states for many years ago to kill some time. One of them was sitting lifetime and I remember it so well when he told that; when he says life time, it is life time. He was of course pretty bored, but use to it all after being there since -86. He claims he’s innocent, but what do I know about it regardless what he said. And yes, he earns some money there for the laundry or what ever, have food and a bed to sleep in every day. I don’t know about training at that place, but he had it as comfortable as it can get in jail so.

        Yes, this is wrong when we think of the homeless people. Maybe some of them even prefer jail, at least in winter time and do anything to get there and it gets a negative spiral.

        Another guy was released, but the cops found a gun in his home so they sent him back in. Hahaha. I stop writing that f***head, I just couldn’t forgive him for his bad choice of not doing better when he had an opportunity. He was use to the prison life and was kinda the easiest way for him… well well.

        Well, China has also a enormous population to take in to account, don’t they ?

      • I heard once that one life prison sentence for most may be as much as seven or fourteen years. Don’t recall which one. If you recall, Bernie Madoff, the Wall Street crook who stold billions was sentenced to 150 years in prison. I wonder when he will be up for parole? Since I asked the question, I looked the answer up.

        Denny Chin, the U.S. district court judge who announced Madoff’s sentencing, added the sentencing for the 71-year-old would be chiefly symbolic. This is because, under current federal court rules, a person must serve at least 80 percent of his sentence before qualifying for the possibility of parole, according to CNN. That amounts to 120 years in prison.

        In other words, Madoff would reach parole eligibility when he turns 191-years-old.


      • NN says:

        Hahaha, and he will like not be able to count the money to get some time go by. Hahaha.. But isn’t that like too much for stealing paper (money)?

        “I heard once that one life prison sentence for most may be as much as seven or fourteen years.”

        Here I think they can have parole after 10 years of 16 for “lifetime” and it’s symbolic as well. The arsonist I toke as example got 14 years “lifetime” with no parole. But that’s about it.

        It feels insane if I think of what Madoff got for stealing PAPER! If he didn’t kill anyone of course.

        Guess that’s how it feel for you as well when you compare USAs law to Chinas.

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