Friedrich Nietzsche, The Wanderer and His Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten).

The Wanderer and his Shadow, the second supplement to Human, All Too Human, first published in 1880.


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Retrograde Influences.  All criminals force society back to earlier stages of culture than that in which they are placed for the time being.  Their influence is retrograde.  Let us consider the tools that society must forge and maintain for its defence: the cunning detectives, the jailers, the hangmen.  Nor should we forget the public counsel for prosecution and defence.  Finally we may ask ourselves whether the judge himself and punishment and the whole legal procedure are not oppressive rather than elevating in their reaction upon all who are not law breakers.  For we shall never succeed in arraying self defence and revenge in the garb of innocence, and so long as men are used and sacrificed as a means to the end of society, all loftier humanity will deplore this necessity.  

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