Anarchist Prisons

David Skarbek’s recent paper Self-Governance in San Pedro Prison provides evidence for the possibility of orderly market anarchism and, when combined with past research, against that of orderly non-market anarchism. The abstract:

The inmate-governed community in the Andersonville Civil War prison camp resulted in a state of violence and disorder. Past research argues that self-governance in prisons results in a dominant group comprised of the most violent inmates preying upon other members of the community. This paper examines the inmate-governed San Pedro Prison in Bolivia, and it argues that order within a situation of prison anarchy is possible when inmates can engage in economic exchange and have access to well established markets that they expect to persist.

Looks very interesting. My to-read list is getting out of control.

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