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Posted By Don Boudreaux On January 15, 2013 @ 7:48 am In Politics,Reality Is Not Optional | Comments Disabled

… is from page 49 of Gottfried Dietze’s insightful 1973 tract, Two Concepts of the Rule of Law [1]; by “Law State” Dietze here means a government meant to be kept limited by constitutional rules, as opposed to a state that is overtly an instrument for carrying out whatever might be the wishes and whims of the sovereign (be the sovereign a Mao-like monster or a collection of people who outvote other people by 50.000001% to 49.999999%):

Since the democratic ruler is insatiable, that ruler will assume more and more power.  In the end, the formal Law State will be mere window-dressing for a democratic power- and police-state, characterized by such a mass of statutes, rules, and regulations that not much will be left of the libertarian substance of genuine constitutionalism.

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