Do you believe the concept "proportional punishment" is something that can be objectively defined?Below is his response:
Do I believe the concept "proportional punishment" is something that can be objectively defined?
My answer is, partially, or not yet. But, that is the entire Rothbardian enterprise. I think the [Bionoic] Mosquito made a good point when he said that we libertarians have been trying to do this for years. An earlier attempt at this with "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. In my writings, my claim for "proportional punishment" is two teeth for a tooth, plus costs of capture, plus scaring. I don't think anyone has this nailed down quite yet, but I see this attempt as crucially important for libertarian theory.
You, in contrast, have given up on this attempt entirely. You are taking a radically skeptical position. You are removing yourself, thereby, entirely, from one of the most important attempts to make libertarianism coherent. The mainstream has a theory of punishment (whatever the courts, legislators say). We, too, have one. We haven't nailed this down 100%, but at least we're trying. You're not only giving up, but calling all of us who make this attempt "statists." C'mon.
Walter E. Block, Ph.D.
Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics
Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business
Loyola University New Orleans