Journal of Libertarian Studies

Punishment and Proportionality: the Estoppel Approach

The Journal of Libertarian Studies

No doubt punishment serves many purposes. It can deter crime and prevent the offender from committing further crimes. Punishment can even rehabilitate some criminals, if it is not capital. It can satisfy a victim’s longing for revenge, or his relatives’ desire to avenge. Punishment can also be used as a lever to gain restitution, recompense for some of the damage caused by the crime. For these reasons, the issue of punishment is, and always has been, of vital concern to civilized people. They want to know the effects of punishment and effective ways of carrying it out.

Volume 12, Number 1 (1996)


Kinsella, Stephan. “Punishment and Proportionality: the Estoppel Approach.” Journal of Libertarian Studies 12, No. 1 (1996): 51–73.

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