Is democracy possible with only a minimum of political morality?

In every society, people must know what favors and what obstructs living together. Dishonesty is an obstacle in a good society; we must say the same of rape. This is also true of murder, especially when the victim cannot defend himself. Law cannot prevent the transgression, but it punishes it, and punish it it must. In a democratic society, there may be circumstances that attenuate or aggravate murder or rape, but no one has the right to rape or to kill an innocent person. Abortion cannot be considered a woman’s right. Rape and murder do not become crimes or offenses because the law says so. The law punishes them because they are odious.

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