The Libertarian Case Against the Death Penalty

By Marc Hyden Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty’s Ben Jones wrote an article for the Cato Institute‘s Libertarianism.org. The article discusses how capital punishment, in practice and in theory, are inconsistent with libertarian philosophies. Jones explained, “There is a long American tradition, then, of suspicion toward the power to execute, evident in measures limiting and even eliminating this power. But the federal government has bucked this trend recently.” “Fortunately, more states are recognizing the dangers of entrusting government with the power to execute. Six states in the past six years already have abandoned the death penalty, and more are looking to do the same. Repeal of the death penalty will not solve all the ills of concentrated power, but it will move us toward a more limited government. Libertarians have every reason to support efforts furthering this goal.”

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