A remarkable article by Ian Walsh, one of my favorite bloggers:
Default to Kindness
If there is one policy point I’d like to make it isn’t a policy point, it’s an ethical one: default to kindness.
Or try kindness first.
In policy terms, the kind thing to do is usually the right thing to do. I’d go so far as to say, almost always.
Treating prisoners with kindness nets Finland half the recidivism rate the US, with its punitive prisons gets. That is, only half as many prisoners, once released, commit a crime in Finland.
Single payer or comprehensive universal healthcare has costs about a third less than the US system, and produces better results.
Not committing war crimes makes people much less interested in killing you. Not torturing enemies means they are far less likely to torture your people.
(more at the link above)
PS: I agree with many things he wrote, but I still support death penalty.