Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on August 15, 2021

in Civil Society, Philosophy of Freedom

… is from page 326 of Richard Epstein’s magnificent 1995 volume, Simple Rules for a Complex World:

To envision a society driven solely by legal and formal sanctions is to envision a society where bone is always rubbing against bone. We need to have some cartilage to soften the blow, and that can only come if the legal order is not so inclusive and intrusive as to destroy all informal systems of social control.

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