Are there any other possible approaches?
The same thing could be done with watches, televisions, computers, stereos, cars… For objects that don’t do anything, e.g. silverware, you could add a uneraseable high tech serial number. The legitimate owner is tracked in a database.
I have written elsewhere on how the Internet protocols should be redesigned to make forgeries and spam impossible. I have written elsewhere on how computers should be designed to make viruses impossible and inter-vendor warfare impossible.
If we moved to a cashless society using smart cards for all transactions, again theft would be impossible. A criminal would have to take you at gunpoint into a store to buy him something.
Lead us not into temptation seems a gentler, more effective approach than the expensive, ineffective, cruel road we are on now.
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