Should we bring back dueling? | The Tylt

Should we bring back dueling?

Our politics are more divisive, chaotic and vulgar than ever, and some feel the only way to make it better is to bring back real consequences for bad behavior. Alexander Hamilton lost his life to Aaron Burr in a duel, and dueling was once used as a way for both men and women to defend their honor and hold others accountable for their words and actions. Maybe it's time to bring back dueling so we can give people a way to fight back. Then again, is violence really the answer? What do you think?

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It might sound crazy, but dueling could actually be the answer our politics needs. As David Harsanyi argues in The Federalist, "people typically adjust their behavior to the level of risk they face," and these days there is no real risk in ruthlessly attacking one's honor. Politicians are vulgar without consequence, and it is difficult to effectively fight back.

These days, though, there’s really no way to fight back against attacks on your honor. You can whine about them, or you can respond with your jabs, but little else... I can’t help but wonder if the lack of consequence associated with our words and deeds has fed another kind of detrimental vulgarism.

Duels rarely ended in actual bloodshed. They forced enemies to negotiate and incentivized politicians to think twice before unfairly attacking opponents.

Not that most duels ever ended in bloodshed, mind you. Combatants were represented by a second—a friend, colleague, trusted member of society, or relative—who would diligently negotiate a resolution between the parties to avoid any real violence. 

Of course, violence isn't the answer. But maybe it's an answer that should be considered in extraneous circumstances. Given how bad the current political climate is, what do we really have to lose?

Dueling would confer consequences onto all the ugly, dishonest, uncouth, untrue, and defamatory things people say about you or your family. Yes, some politicians might be struck down if we allowed this ancient combat to reemerge in contemporary society. But I’m sure that’s a sacrifice most of us would be willing to make.
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But dueling led to the death of Alexander Hamilton, one of America's most beloved Founding Fathers. Do we really want to go back to a time when killing was deemed acceptable?

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Human violence has decreased around the world since our dueling days, and that's a good thing. We should continue to rely on reason, empathy and logic to solve our problems, not pistols.

"Human nature may embrace motives that lead to aggression, but it also embraces motives like empathy, self-control, and reason, which, under the right circumstances, can outweigh the aggressive impulses."
"We can observe many ways in which violence has decreased over time, including a relief from cycles of deadly raiding and feuding when tribes came under the control of states, the 35-fold decline of homicide in medieval Europe, the abolition of slavery, cruel punishments, and frivolous executions, and the recent replacement of totalitarian regimes with democracies. "
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Should we bring back dueling?
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