Re: "punishment"

Hagbard Celine (
Mon, 23 Jun 1997 02:08:55 -0400

Perry E. Metzger wrote:
> I don't believe in
> the notion of State enforced criminal law -- being an anarchist who
> doesn't believe in the benefits of the State, this should be an
> obvious stance.

Then Perry wrote:

> What *do* I believe in? Torts.

> snip <

> In the context of a tort based legal system, "jail" and "execution"
> become meaningless concepts.

I am definitely missing something.

How can an anarchist speak of law or legal systems?

Who makes tort law, who decides tort law, and who enforces tort law? It
seems to me that the very state you hate does all of this. So then is
your beef with the state itself, or is it rather with the laws it makes?

There's more to say, but I'm interested in your rejoinder.

Hagbard Celine

Not a clerk of the nostalgia of the declining ruling class.