RE: Are We Born Criminals? Part II: The Rational Choice Theory
An interesting article that doesn't really mention one very important thing.
Not including criminal activity that involves violence , theft, or coercion, the definition of 'crime' is a very dubious one, and one decided upon by the state (generally).
The definition of committing a crime is purely subjective according to government.
A criminal growing cannabis for example. There is no victim, but still punishable by the state.
(or tax evasion, even - which is an act theft in of itself by the lawmakers).
If an individual commits crime without a victim, personal moral compass comes into it.
It could be argued the perception of committing a crime is not even present, depending on the personal internal landscape.
Many criminals I know of, would never hurt anyone - but will not accept the rules dictated by the biggest criminal of them all - governments that are implementing the laws...
RCT theory is flawed by not recognizing a difference of 'crime', as moral choice is not recognized.
And from what I know, morals play are a big component to crimes, rather than the legal positions of punishment, or threat of...
(Just my opinion..)