I guess in general you have the pull between the Great Man theory of history and what might be called the Marxist theory of history. Did a bad event happen because a particular person was in a specific position of power at an exact time, or were forces of history driving SOMEONE to do this, and the individual who did it was the one most likely to, but absent him, someone else would be the one most likely to?I'm not sure if this is the right thread to ask, but why do so many people seem obsessed with butterfliing horrible/evil/disliked acts, by killing the perpetrators before they do them?
I mean, we might think that it would be enough to make sure that person is not born. Or that the person is not in a position to do whatever warrants his conviction. Or some other option other than a "karmic death" along the lines of "Criminal Joe dies from a suspiciously specific 'accident' / shot to death before he can do [Insert atrocity]. No one was ever convicted of this accident / the killer is never identified."
By "suspiciously specific accident" I mean things like "OTL Joe Criminal was infamous among other things for his mistreatment of dogs, TTL is killed by a pack of wild dogs."