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Why Do We Want Revenge?

12 days ago   |   By Tablet Mag

In the wake of horrific crimes, there is a mantra from politicians, lawyers, and victims: They don't want revenge, they say; they just want justice. Thane Rosenbaum, a novelist , essayist, and professor at Fordham Law School, says a distinction between the two is both disingenuous and misguided. In his new book, Payback: The Case for Revenge , Rosenbaum argues that the modern American judicial system in fact needs an injection of Old-Testament-style vengeance. From the killing of Osama Bin Laden to popular films like Munich and Braveheart , Rosenbaum highlights the contradiction between...
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