Should the Law Prohibit Paying Ransom to Kidnappers?

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While most people might answer the question in the affirmative, such a law ends up punishing the victim instead of the kidnapper. Drawing from libertarian philosphy it is shown that such laws also fail to reduce kidnapping for profit and thus are not only offensive to the nature of justice but cannot achieve the aim for which they were originally enacted.

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Kidnapping, Binding contracts, Alienability of Life

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Block W. & Attorney, Belmont Mass., (2008) “Should the Law Prohibit Paying Ransom to Kidnappers?”, American Review of Political Economy 6(2). doi: https://doi.org/10.38024/arpe.106

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Walter Block (Loyola University, New Orleans)
Attorney, Belmont Mass. (Attorney, Belmont Mass.)

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