Re: Punishment

Alan Barksdale (
Fri, 13 Mar 98 18:57:27 CST

> In short, having punishments that are so severe that nobody wants to
> enforce them is nearly as bad as no punishment at all. As is

Sometime Extropian list participant David D. Friedman reached different
conclusions in

which is approximately equal to

"Making Sense of English Law Enforcement in the Eighteenth Century,"
_The_University_of_Chicago_Law_School_Roundtable_ (Spring/Summer 1995)
It took about 150 years, starting with a Bill of Rights that reserved to the
states and the people all powers not explicitly delegated to the federal
government, to produce a Supreme Court willing to rule that growing corn to
feed to your own hogs is interstate commerce and can therefore be regulated by
Congress. --- David D. Friedman, _The_Machinery_of_Freedom_

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