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Blame and shame

"Blame and shame" Continued...

Issue: "Rethinking divorce," June 13, 1998

More importantly, they say, divorce laws ought to contain notions of objective fault to signal society's disapproval of certain kinds of behavior. "Collective condemnation of reprehensible acts is powerful and should occur," says Katherine Spaht, a law professor at Louisiana State University who helped craft the legislation. "Guilt and shame, if our society can restore it, often controls human behavior."

Mr. Loconte is the deputy editor of the Heritage Foundation's Policy Review, from which this article is excerpted.

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