: So no death penalty is a 'means to an end' eh stoller?
I said the absence of the death penalty would be strategic for class struggle, not the other way around.
: 1) That shows a neglect of the moral issues involved.
Morals, like rights, are not absolute and ahistorical.
Like ideology, both morals and rights follow the material conditions and social relations of an epoch. For example, during times of war, many rights are suspended---and morals along with them. This demonstrates that both are social and historical constructs.
: 2) Do you think the masses baying for blood would constite a good society (even if it was democratic).
'Baying for blood'? I'm not sure where you came up with this one---your head, perhaps?