Should Libertarians be against prisons?

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    I realize prison can be a punishment, but don't they really serve to protect the rest of us from the bad guys?

    It seems it would make more sense from a libertarian stand point to arm everyone and let them mete out punishment whenever they feel threatened.

    It would save a lot of taxpayer money, as well.
     
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    Rav here you go lumping everyone into one label again.

    Like every single libertarian has the same exact position on EVERYTHING.

    The constitution allows for a justice system, and prison is a part of that.

    The 8th amendment protects citizens from UNUSUAL punishment, which jailing would not be considered.

    More often than not, you confuse a libertarian with an anarchist. A classical liberal, as I would prefer to think of myself as, is nothing close to an anarchist.
     
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    I feel threatened by you.
    I should kill you and save internet bandwidth. :lol:
     
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    Should liberals be in prison?
     
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    Depends on the crime. Some should have the death penalty.
     
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    Many of us would advocate privatizing prisons so they're not leeches on the taxpayer, but no prisons do not go against the libertarian ideology.
     
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    The crime of leftism calls for drawing and quartering AT LEAST :lol:
     
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    I said, "Depends on the crime".
     
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    What should Ravi's sentence be for this thread?
     

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