Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on January 18, 2014

in Complexity & Emergence, Law

… is from page 403 of volume 1 of Harold Berman’s penetrating history of the western legal tradition, his 1983 Law and Revolution (original emphasis):

There is, in fact, no such thing as social, economic, and political conditions (or forces) alone; they are always part of a context of perception and feeling.  Nor are there values, ideas, beliefs – alone; as a social matter, they are always interconnected with “material interests.”  Power is also an idea; justice is also a force.  Neither causes the other, in the physical-science sense of that word.

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