A.S. Neill on Criminality and Ego

“Crime is obviously an expression of hate.  The study of criminality in children resolves itself into the study of why a child is led to hate.  It is a question of ego.  We cannot get away from the fact that a child is primarily an egoist.  No one else matters.  When the ego’s satisfied, we have what we call goodness, when the ego is starved, we have what we call criminality.  The criminal revenges himself on society because society has failed to appreciate his ego by showing love for him.”

-A.S. Neill