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Quotation of the Day…

Posted By Don Boudreaux On August 27, 2012 @ 7:46 am In Complexity & Emergence,Hayek,Law | Comments Disabled

… is from page 556 of volume 1 of Harold Berman’s penetrating and important history of the western legal tradition, his 1983 Law and Revolution [1]:

Law, then, is custom transformed, and not merely the will or reason of the lawmaker.  Law spreads upward from the bottom and not only downward from the top.

This fact is why I react the same as I do to hearing fingernails scratching hard on a chalkboard whenever I hear legislators referred to as “lawmakers.”  ”Legislation-makers” would be fine and accurate – but “lawmakers” not so much so.

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