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Quotation of the Day…

Posted By Don Boudreaux On September 20, 2013 @ 8:21 am In Law,Property Rights | Comments Disabled

… is from book 26, chapter 15 (“That we should not regulate by the Principles of political Laws those Things which depend on the Principles of civil Law”of Montesquieu’s Spirit of Laws [1]:

Let us, therefore, lay down a certain maxim, that whenever the public good happens to be the matter in question, it is not for the advantage of the public to deprive an individual of his property, or even to retrench the least part of it by a law, or a political regulation.

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[1] book 26, chapter 15 (“That we should not regulate by the Principles of political Laws those Things which depend on the Principles of civil Law”of Montesquieu’s Spirit of Laws: http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/amendV_due_processs7.html

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