Using stories from the utopian non-punishment hippie communes of the late 1960's, 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. Chapter 4 of the book is also available on SSRN at http://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=2416484).
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
Pirates, Prisoners, and Lepers: Lessons from Life Outside the Law
Robinson, Paul H. and Robinson, Sarah M., "Punishment: Drop City and the Utopian Communes" (2015). Faculty Scholarship at Penn Carey Law. 1148.
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