Punishment and Proportionality

Few aspects of libertarian political theory are in a less satisfactory state than the theory of punishment, writes Murray Rothbard. Usually, libertarians have been content to assert or develop the axiom that no one may aggress against the person or property of another; what sanctions may be taken against such an invader has been scarcely treated at all. We have advanced the view that the criminal loses his rights to the extent that he deprives another of his rights: the theory of “proportionality.” We must now elaborate further on what such a theory of proportional punishment may imply. FULL ARTICLE

[This article is excerpted from chapter 13 of The Ethics of Liberty. Listen to this article in MP3, read by Jeff Riggenbach. The entire book is being prepared for podcast and download.]

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