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Does the "Social Contract" Theory Present a Valid Reason for Felon Disenfranchisement?

  • The "Social Contract" Theory Presents a Valid Reason for Felon Disenfranchisement.

    Felons have broken the social contract, so they should not get to enjoy the rights of living in a free society. Any violation of the law that results in imprisonment must be sufficiently severe that the criminal has gravely erred. Felons can only regain their right to vote when they have repaid their debt to society.

  • Broke the contract

    Social contract theory is the idea that when humans agree to leave the dangers of a "state-of-nature existence" and seek the safety and benefits of society, they agree to abide by an unspoken contract of norms, mores,and values for the good of that society. By breaking a part of that contract, a felon has already shown disdain towards the well being of the collective society, and as such should lose any benefits granted by that society; including the right to vote and determine the future direction of society.

  • Who is a felon? Simple, right?

    Of course, it's simple. Who is a felon is a decision made by those who decided to break the law.

    But wait, who makes the laws? Non-felons.
    (Have you ever broken a law?)

    What if the Non-felon Law-makers had a law putting half the population in prison?
    It sounds ridiculous. But taking away any percentage of voters changes how our democratic society makes decisions. In a country built on an idea that all individuals are equal, letting gov't control who has more authority is more ridiculous.

  • Who is a Felon? Simple right?

    Of course, it's simple. Who is a felon is a decision made by those who decided to break the law.
    But wait, who makes the laws? Non-felons.
    (Have you ever broken a law?)
    What if the Non-felon Law-makers had a law putting half the population in prison?
    It sounds ridiculous. But taking away any percentage of voters changes how our democratic society makes decisions. In a country built on an idea that all individuals are equal, letting gov't control who has more authority is more ridiculous.


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