Oxford student will not go to jail for stabbing lover because she has “extraordinary” talent


…by Jonas E. Alexis


Lavinia Woodward is an aspiring, 24-year-old student at Oxford University. She is also a top student and her parents are rich.

“Lavinia Woodward spends much of her time at her mother’s stunning Italian villa, perched on a hill surrounded by pines, a few miles from Lake Como. Her father, who also went to Oxford, is a senior oil company executive.”[1]

Woodward met her Cambridge-educated boyfriend in an online dating site called Tinder. Yet during a drink-and-drug fuelled row, she stabbed him in the leg and cut his finger with a bread knife.

According to Judge Ian Pringle, Woodward deserves a custodial sentence for her act. But Pringle declared that Woodward has an “extraordinary” talent, therefore jailing her would impede her career. Pringle added:

“It seems to me that if this was a one-off, a complete one-off, to prevent this extraordinary able young lady from not following her long-held desire to enter the profession she wishes to, would be a sentence which would be too severe.”[2]

Woodward has already published articles in the medical journals, but she has a history of drug abuse,[3] and it is just ridiculous for the judge to say that “this was a one-off.” In fact, it was reported that she has attacked her boyfriend, Thomas Fairclough, on two other occasions.

There seems to be more here than meets the eye and ear:

“She is not the first elite student whose abilities in the school room have atoned for their crimes: last year, Ivy League educated Brock Turner served just three months for sexually assaulting a woman. As a promising university swimmer, the judge expressed concern that a long sentence would have a ‘severe impact’ on his life.”[4]

This brings us to a central point here. The rich and the powerful think that the moral law and order does not apply to them. In that sense, they always fall into the Darwinian ideology, which revolves around trampling on the moral and legal rights of the helpless and needy. With respect to the Woodward case, the Telegraph said,

“So is this the rise of punishment by merit? Only those with the least talent and potential should suffer the inconvenience of paying for their crimes…

“In Michael Young’s dystopian novel, The Rise of Meritocracy, he paints a vision of a future Britain in which social standing is a result of ability – those with the most merit sit at the top whilst those with the least languish at the bottom, in the full knowledge that they don’t deserve to be anywhere else.”[5]

Well, “survival of the fittest” has been an English ideology since the publication of Darwin’s The Descent of Man, which posits the claim that the “imbeciles” have no right to live. Darwin complained:

“We build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed, and the sick; we institute poor-laws; and our medical men exert their utmost skill to save the life of every one to the last moment…Thus the weak members of civilised societies propagate their kind. No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man.[6]

Darwin’s solution is that we ought to stop the “imbeciles” from marrying, thereby eliminating them from society by slow death. As we shall argue in the summer, Darwin was able to forge that crazy idea because he had already abandoned practical reason, the only source which forbids and condemns the rich and powerful from unleashing their wicked ideology upon society.

Schopenhauer considers a man a child until he has understood Kant. Kant put moral philosophy back into focus with his categorical imperative, and according Schopenhauer’s principle, Darwin was obviously a child because he could not understand Kant. Darwin, as we shall see in the summer, proved that Kant was right all along: you cannot dismiss practical reason and remain a rational human being.

As a corollary, any individual who dismisses practical reason in his project will inexorably end up propounding internal contradictions and incoherency. That’s what happened to Darwin, and his intellectual children have never recovered from that. Their feet are still dangling in the vortex of contradiction and intellectual madness. And many of them don’t want to see that their weltanschauung is incoherent because that is all they have.

[1] Paul Bracchi and Josh White, “Dark truth of Oxford student spared jail for stabbing lover: How medic, 24, has history of violence and drug use despite judge saying he didn’t want a ‘complete one-off’ attack to wreck her future,” Daily Mail, May 19, 2017.

[2] Caroline Davies, “Student who stabbed boyfriend may avoid jail as it would ‘damage her career,’” Guardian, May 16, 2017.

[3] Paul Bracchi and Josh White, “Dark truth of Oxford student spared jail for stabbing lover: How medic, 24, has history of violence and drug use despite judge saying he didn’t want a ‘complete one-off’ attack to wreck her future,” Daily Mail, May 19, 2017.

[4] Verity Ryan, “Lavinia Woodward can’t avoid prison just because she is clever,” Telegraph, May 17, 2017.

[5] Ibid.

[6] Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), 161.

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Jonas E. Alexis

Jonas E. Alexis graduated from Avon Park High School, studied mathematics and philosophy as an undergraduate at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and has a master's degree in education from Grand Canyon University.

Some of his main interests include the history of Christianity, U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book ,Christianity & Rabbinic Judaism: A History of Conflict Between Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism from the first Century to the Twenty-first Century.

He is currently teaching mathematics in South Korea. He plays soccer and basketball in his spare time. He is also a cyclist. He is currently writing a book tentatively titled Zionism and the West.

Alexis welcomes comments, letters, and queries in order to advance, explain, and expound rational and logical discussion on issues such as the Israel/Palestine conflict, the history of Christianity, and the history of ideas.

In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, Alexis asks that all queries be appropriately respectful and maintain a level of civility. As the saying goes, “iron sharpens iron,” and the best way to sharpen one’s mind is through constructive criticism, good and bad.

However, Alexis has no patience with name-calling and ad hominem attack. He has deliberately ignored many queries and irrational individuals in the past for this specific reason—and he will continue to abide by this policy.

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  1. A few years ago a young boy In Texas and some friends broke into a liquor store, got drunk, stole a pick up truck and then he proceeded to smash the truck into a car killing all four passengers. he was never punished for his actions, the parents claiming they had never raised him to be responsible. They were also wealthy. The boy received the harsh sentence of several months in some kind of rehab.
    You can take away anything you wish from this incident but consider all those inside the beltway who get away with murder, larceny, sexual assault, treason and other forms of chicanery and yet, retire on a fat income thanks to the taxpayers. They comm it war crimes, traffic in humans and drugs. There is no crime they have not committed, yet they will see no day in a courtroom. They will never have to spend the rest of their lives in a prison cell or worse yet face execution. They will never have to fear loosing their homes, vehicles and savings to civil asset forfeiture. They are the class of humans who operate in a different moral arena than the rest of us. They, for all practical purposes, are untouchable. The need never fear the hand of law upon them.

  2. Your love for Kant makes me want to read Mark Twain, again.
    Anyway, privledge is as privledge does. Damn what I wouldn’t give for a billion or two.

  3. Scent of a woman revisited. How many have we heard stories like this, sons and daughters of rich and influential get to murder, steal, rape or injure and then get away with it, because daddy or mommy went to school with the judge. Or if a school is of very high profile. And if such end up in politics they end up sending other people’s kids into deadly deceitful wars in some god-forsaken country/protectorate. Jeffrey Archer’s characters in his novels always make fun of OxBridge and Ivy League puffed ups, make them into true idiots.

  4. A comment on Darwin’s The Descent of Man… Poem, by poet unknown, goes like this:
    Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree,
    Discussing things as they are said to be…
    …Yes, man descended, the ornery cuss,
    But brother, he didn’t descend from us!”

  5. I did a little dig-in in what looked to me (due to its specificity) as another possible digitalized injection of negative artificial reality into the world, and that’s what I’ve found: The event took place on 09.30.2016 (which in addition to hidden 3 points makes “3 9” code a leading one for that date). And, in addition to girl’s and guy’s names (separately and combined) totally compliant with the same code, here’s the phrase (spell) describing the event: “a Christ Church College undergraduate stabs her boyfriend in the leg and cuts his fingers with a breadknife” = 939/90=939/(-3+93) =11-(11-3+9)/30. Whether it all really took place and she indeed cut her boyfriend’s fingerS (as she admitted according to the article I saved), or it’s all fake – I have no idea. Also I’m not insisting on any conclusions. Everybody’s free to make their own judgment, as well as to calculate the main point of gematria for “A speeding car plows into a crowd in New York City’s Times Square” – the event that took place two days ago.

  6. How often there is a negative trade-off that goes with having very rich parents (by most people’s standards, though not their own) of elevated social status. For many, a misfortune. Some of these eventually discover that most working-class families are very different, and they cherish the warmth and love they discover among ‘common or garden’-type families of friends.

  7. What else is old! Rich pigs run the courts and I am going to guess this psychotic pig is a JU so ……. In cases like this regular people should get justice by what ever means they choose..believe we will be hearing about this skank again!

  8. America was founded on the establishment of the Doctrine of Discovery, which allowed for the killing of Native men, women , and children on the basis that they were less human than Christians. It is still very preferable to be a white Christian, or wealthy politically connected spawn. That there is one law for the elites and one for the poor, is patently obvious. Morality of primates is limited by the security of comfort for those who enjoy a place in the upper hierarchy. The poor live it, but the rich and religious just talk of it as a good thing. On this issue, Catholicism is horrendously transparent. Morality is the last thing the church represents. Pell is an apt example. Much more so than this girl. The scar of a knife wound, is a surface scratch compared to the unerasable nightmares of generations of abuse victims.

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