Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
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Kriminalität gehört generell verboten

Edit: this is a non-entry, better titled "Philip should read the context". See elgrande's comment.

I happened on a page (in German) which describes various political parties present in Hamburg describing their views on a variety of topics.

One thing that just caught my eye was the PARTEI's statement on "Innenpolitik" (also visible here, along with other responses only from this party), which included this gem:

- Kriminalität gehört generell verboten.

That is, roughly: "All crime should be prohibited".

Which is kind of circular, isn't it? Or what's the definition of "crime"?

Dictionaries say, for example: "an action or an instance of negligence that [...] and that is legally prohibited" (Dictionary.com); "an act committed or omitted in violation of a law forbidding or commanding it [...]; unlawful activity" (AHD).

Both dictionaries also allow for extended senses such as "any offense"; "a foolish, senseless, or shameful act"; "a serious offense, especially one in violation of morality". But it seems to me that the primary meaning is related to legal prohibition, in which case demanding that crime be prohibited is useless: it's already prohibited, otherwise it wouldn't be a crime.

Ĉu ne?

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