Punishment: Drop City and the Utopian Communes
Chapter 3, in PIRATES, PRISONERS, AND LEPERS: LESSONS FROM LIFE OUTSIDE THE LAW (Potomac Books 2015).
22 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2014 Last revised: 18 Aug 2015
Date Written: 2015
Using stories from the utopian non-punishment hippie communes of the late 1960s, the essay challenges today’s anti-punishment movement by demonstrating that the benefits of cooperative action are available only with the adoption of a system for punishing violations of core rules. Rather than being an evil system anathema to right-thinking people, punishment is the lynchpin of the cooperative action that has created human success.
This is Chapter 3 from the general audience book Pirates, Prisoners, and Lepers: Lessons from Life Outside the Law (Potomac Books 2015). Included is a table of contents for the book and a summary of the line of argument of all of its chapters. (Chapter 4 of the book is also available on SSRN at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2416484.)
Keywords: Criminal law, punishment, sentencing, law enforcement & corrections, cooperation, social cohesion, anarchy, antipunishment, utopia, Drop City, Black Bear Ranch, Tolstoy Farm, system for punishing violations of core rules, evolutionary benefit
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