Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on March 9, 2014

in Complexity & Emergence, Hayek, Law, Myths and Fallacies

… is from page 299 of the 2014 collection – The Market and Other Orders (Bruce Caldwell, ed.) - of some of F.A. Hayek’s most influential essays; specifically, it’s from Hayek’s 1967 paper “The Results of Human Action But Not of Human Design” (footnote excluded):

The whole conception, however, that law is only what a legislator has willed and that the existence of law presupposes a previous articulation of the will of a legislator is both factually false and cannot even be consistently put into practice.  Law is not only much older than legislation or even an organized state: the whole authority of the legislator and of the state derives from pre-existing conceptions of justice, and no system of articulated law can be applied except with a framework of generally recognized but often unarticulated rules of justice.

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