An Anarchist Theory of Criminal Justice
This is a paper I wrote in my last semester of law school:
This paper is a critique of how the state, the legal system, and the criminal justice system function in American society, and calls for an anarchist approach to our social structure that will remove the oppressive frameworks we currently live under.
To support my arguments, I will first provide an overview of how the criminal justice system works. From there I will offer an analysis on why the criminal justice system is flawed, and the racially discriminatory effect it has had on society. I will then discuss why the disproportionate number of minorities found in prison and impoverished in this country is directly tied to the contemporary ruling interests that were preserved by the U.S. Constitution. Showing that the system is inherently discriminatory, I propose an alternative method for viewing society through anarchism. I will spend time debunking myths regarding anarchism and explaining why it is a viable ideology. In the end, I will propose a restorative justice approach to criminal justice that requires neither the state nor the legal system.
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That was a great way of explaining the mentality behind justice in anarchy. Glad I finally heard a good description. Now all I need to hear is the personal incentive for participating in anarchy, especially in this world of government handouts. Thanks for the post.
@ltwild3, Yeah, the state and federal government don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, so I don’t expect to live in an anarchistic world in my lifetime. However, my plan is to take the principles of anarchism and apply them in my daily life and in my local community efforts. That way, I can at least try to create an anti-oppressive environment for myself and others now, and give future generations something to build upon so that one day, anarchism will one day become more mainstream.