RationalWiki's 2018 Fundraiser

There is no RationalWiki without you. We are a small non-profit with no staff — we are hundreds of volunteers who document pseudoscience and crankery around the world every day. We will never allow ads because we must remain independent. We cannot rely on big donors with corresponding big agendas. We are not the largest website around, but we believe we play an important role in defending truth and objectivity.

If everyone seeing this today donates $5, we will meet our goal for 2018.

Fighting pseudoscience isn't free.
We are 100% user-supported! Help and donate $5, $20 or whatever you can today with PayPal Logo.png!

Donations so far: $2835Goal: $5000

Crime

From RationalWiki
Jump to: navigation, search
It's a
Crime
James Dawson - Flickr - Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.jpg
Articles on illegal behaviour

Crime refers to a breach of a rule or a law. Crimes vary widely from a culture to a culture. Something can be a serious offense in one culture and punishable by death, while the same action may not be even considered a crime in another culture. For example, witchcraft was considered a serious offense in Middle Ages while this is not considered a crime in the modern western society.

Things designated as crimes can be of two types, malum in se (something that is wrong in itself), and malum prohibitum (something that is wrong only because a government prohibits it). Things like murder, robbery, and rape are almost universally considered malum in se. Downloading pirated music, selling alcohol to a 17 year old, and vandalizing Conservapedia owning a handgun in Chicago (no longer!) possessing marijuana are examples of malum prohibitum. In reality there does exist a broad area of laws where it is not clear which category they belong in, for example animal cruelty ,and drinking and driving.

Another division of crimes is between misdemeanors and felonies, which has a long tradition somewhere way back there in common law but today seems like an arbitrary distinction, with legislatures designating ever more things as "felonies" to show how tough on crime they are, and inventing new "felonies" out of thin air such as "racketeering" and "money laundering", whatever those are.

Examples of crimes in Western culture[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Wearing Crocs and socks is similar (or wearing Crocs at all), but most cities don't prosecute for that.