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Does Crime Pay?

Thrasymachus and Glaucon argue that the only reason to follow rules (moral or legal) is to avoid the negative consequences of getting caught. They also imply that anyone who is capable of breaking moral or legal rules without suffering the consequences should do so. An old saying says, "crime doesn’t pay." Is this saying true? Certainly some criminals get caught but how many, and which ones?

Use the Internet to research crime statistics in an attempt to investigate Glaucon’s argument. Is it in a smart criminal’s best interest to break the law?


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