CLIO 7 (1) - page 42

Crime has and always will be a part of
everyone’s lives. Crime, punishment and the law is
what keeps society in place, acting as a warning and
deterrent for anyone who wishes to step into the
criminal world. The word crime implies a villainous
or mistaken perpetrator carrying out an act of evil
or being responsible for anti-social behavior. How-
ever, the idea that the perpetrator is wrong in doing
this and that the cause is unjust is not necessarily
true. Firstly, law depends on the country. Is an indi-
vidual protesting against a totalitarian state where
they declare protest illegal a wrong act? It may be
illegal in that specific country but in other countries
it would be perfectly fine and would be supported
by other civilians. Additionally, if the crime commit-
ted is set to have a positive outcome for the major-
ity, then the act can be justified. The term ‘positive
outcome’ may be entirely subjective but if most of
a country’s population is in support of it, then the
outcome is a mostly positive one.
I have to say no, it is never right to
commit a crime. However, I cannot do that as to
argue that would be a license for dictatorship.
Instead, I can and will say that almost never (in very
few situations) is it ever even necessary to commit a
damaging crime for the purpose of progress. Peace-
ful protests have done their job by bringing about a
change in legislation or treatment whilst still follow-
ing the laws put in place by the democracies where
the protest took place.
On May 10, 1994, the inauguration of
Nelson Mandela took place. This was a momentous
occasion, televised to a billion viewers globally. It
marked a massive step forward in the fight against
discrimination and Nelson Mandela immediately
became a real-life hero. This was due to his incredi-
Has it ever been
right to commit
to a crime?
Sam Sherrington
William Walford
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