The practice has a sordid history. There’s always a rationale — for example, in labeling Israeli businesses, or those doing business with Israel, to be avoided.
Jerry Coyne thinks that criminals don’t have a “choice.” (What are those quotation marks doing there?)
Quite honestly, I think we should be grateful to people like Coyne and Hawking, who carry materialism to its logical conclusions.
Without free will, there is no guilt and there is no innocence. There are merely animals to be managed.
If we treat criminals the way we treat natural disasters — as physical events without moral culpability — the pragmatic approach is preemption as well.