Boudreaux on The Law

quotes law emergence

16 Jun 2014

Don Boudreaux on law:

Law is emergent. It is not designed and imposed from on-high. Some of it is codified into legislation; some of it is also – or alternatively – written down in the form of judicial decisions. But law’s expanse is so vast, its nuances so many and rich, and its edges so frequently changing that the popular myth that law is that set of rules designed and enforced by the state becomes increasingly absurd not only as one comes to understand the relatively elementary distinction between private law and public (or administrative) law, but also the more one studies the nature and history of law and the more one grasps the logic of spontaneous order.

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