Intellectuals for Law and Order

A Critique of the New ‘Realists’
  • Tony Platt
  • Paul Takagi
Part of the Critical Criminology series book series


Crime will always remain with us, just as fires will be with us, or weeds … Those less favored by nature or society are more tempted to violate laws and therefore suffer punishment for doing so more often … There has been a worldwide decline in punishment and therefore of respect of law.1

When Ernest van den Haag’s Punishing Criminals (quoted above) appeared in 1975, it was regarded as a criminological aberration, a radical departure from the prevailing liberal consensus.2 Filled with factual and methodological errors, a curious stylistic mixture of old-fashioned Reader’s Digest moralism and literary pretensions, Punishing Criminals advocates the death penalty, longer sentences, ‘post-punishment incapacitation’, banishment, exile, house arrest and other less imaginative weapons in the ‘war against crime’.


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  • Tony Platt
  • Paul Takagi

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