Coercion to Virtue: A Sociological Discussion of the Enforcement of Morals
President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice, 1967 - Conduct of life - 80 pages
The state's use of morality and moral judgments to enforce law based upon such values is examined and research difficulties into such usages are discussed. The relationship between morality and the law is examined, with special emphasis on enforcement theories. A distinction between society and the state is made in light of such theories. The objectives of research conducted by traditional government organizations and assumptions are criticized. The thesis is advanced that various life styles of society be permitted without imposition of restraints on those who do not conform and do not injure others in their nonconformity. (Reprinted from Southern California Law Review, vol. 41, no. 3, 1968).
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