[Rizzn’s note: What the fsck is wrong with this world?]

Execute Virus-Writers?

In a piece that’s been descibed as “creepy” (by Ed Felten) and “witty” (by Ernest Miller, blogging with a heavy dose of sarcasm), Slate’s Steven Landsburg continues his quest to give economists an even worse name with a cost-benefit proposal to execute virus-writers. His reasoning: viruses do $50 billlion a year in damage. If we could deter a fifth of one percent of that with a well-chosen execution, that’d be worth as much as the ten statistical lives each death penalty execution currently probably saves.

[via LawMeme]