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Friday, April 4, 2014

Robinson & Robinson on Punishment and Utopian Communes

Paul H. Robinson and Sarah M. Robinson (University of Pennsylvania Law School and Independent) have posted Punishment: Drop City and the Utopian Communes (Chapter 3, in LIVING BEYOND THE LAW: LESSONS FROM PIRATES, PRISONERS, LEPERS, AND SURVIVORS (Rowman & Littlefield, August 2014, Forthcoming)) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

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 forthcoming general audience book Living Beyond the Law: Lessons from Pirates, Prisoners, Lepers and Survivors (Rowman & Littlefield 2014). 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

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