Citizen Killings: Liberalism, State Policy and Moral Risk

2017.02.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Deane-Peter Baker, Citizen Killings: Liberalism, State Policy and Moral Risk, Bloomsbury, 2016, 156pp., $29.95 (pbk), ISBN
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2017.02.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Deane-Peter Baker, Citizen Killings: Liberalism, State Policy and Moral Risk, Bloomsbury, 2016, 156pp., $29.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781472575425. Reviewed by Jason Brennan, Georgetown University Deane-Peter Baker defines citizen-killings as "state-sanctioned (that is, legally permitted) killings conducted by people who are not agents of the state agent." (2) Consider these two sets of questions: 1. Ethics: What is morally permissible for you to do? May you have an abortion? Own a gun? Travel overseas to wage a private war against the Islamic State? Assist someone who is terminally ill, or simply bored, in committing suicide? 2. Politics: What should the state permit or forbid citizens from doing? Should it allow or forbid abortion and infanticide? Should it allow citizens to own a gun, fight a private war, or assist others in committing suicide? The first set asks about what citizens may do; the second set asks... . . .

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