BOLL 24: Spooner, “Vices are Not Crimes”

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This is part of “The Best of the Online Library of Liberty” which is a collection of some of the most important material in the OLL. This is a pamphlet Spooner published in 1875 in which he argued that “vices” should not be punished as crimes. In other words, this is a defense of the right of individuals to engage in so-called “victimless crimes”. Only violence committed against other individuals’ life, liberty, and property were fit matters for the police and courts to busy themselves with.

The Best of the OLL No. 24: Lysander Spooner, “Vices are Not Crimes” (1875) (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2013).

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