Rule of Law vs. Rule of Men

by Don Boudreaux on March 25, 2010

in Complexity & Emergence, Law

Here’s my latest column in The Freeman.  In it, I discuss the meaning of the rule of law:

For much the same reason that Starbucks specializes in retailing coffee, government specializes in enforcing law. And just as Starbucks responds to prevailing consumer demands—just as Starbucks is not in business to tell consumers what they want and don’t want, but instead is in business to serve consumers according to their specific tastes for coffee and pastries—a genuinely classical-liberal government is not in business to foist its demands and dictates on citizens, but instead to serve citizens by enforcing laws that exist independently of government.

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