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The Rule of Law

This question is short and on target. The answer is an emphatic NO! Can we even speak of the rule of law as a meaningful concept when we combine an explosive regulatory state with near-absolute prosecutorial discretion?” —David French

A Measure of Corruption

The absence of The Rule of Law and the corruption in Washington can be seen quite easily in one simple chart: The S&L crisis was small compared to the banking crisis begun in 2008. Yet look at the criminal referrals… Read More »A Measure of Corruption

Capital Goes Galt

Here is another example of how incentives play a huge role in economic outcomes. Macroeconomists and econometricians have no way to deal with these important determinants of human behavior. Their mathematical modeling leaves no room for individual incentives. Free markets… Read More »Capital Goes Galt

There Will Be Consequences

Neither capitalism nor government works without ethics and morals. Reader Syrin, commenting on a recent post, has nailed our condition: The moral infrastructure decayed years ago. Think of this. We have a president who has released two FRAUDLUENT documents to… Read More »There Will Be Consequences

Without Law There is Nothing


“The rule of law can be wiped out in one misguided, however well-intentioned, generation.” William T. Gossett

“The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

Victor Davis Hanson wrote a “required reading” article in Pajamas Media. In the piece, Mr. Hanson describes how moral superiority knows what a “just” society is. That claim is patently indefensible, yet these persons, anointed with superior intelligence at least in their own minds, are convinced of “inequities” that need be corrected.

Their arrogance and patronizing knows no boundaries.  When in power, anything that precludes them from “improving” the world is merely an impediment that must not stand in the way. The Constitution and Rule of Law, bedrocks of this country and responsible for its exceptionalism, are two such barriers. The Obama Administration and its progressives are not bound by such matters. Their mission is too important to let the law get in their way.

Fifty years ago, what they have done would not be thinkable. Had someone tried a tenth of their shenanigans, they would have been impeached. Now we have “grown” to tolerate such behavior understanding how “good” it is.

With this attitude, we are finished! We have devolved into the Rule of Man rather than the Rule of Law. In that regard, we are on our way to totalitarianism.

Mr. Hanson’s article:

When the Law Does Not Pay

I do not think in California there is much law these days. We are regressing to the days of my grandfather’s stories. He used to relate to me a wild Central Valley circa 1900, when the sheriff was a day away. A neighbor down the road is now openly violating county zoning regulations by simply moving in immobile Winnebagos and creating a sort of ad hoc mobile home park — with jerry-rigged electricity, sewage, and water. “Restaurants” pop up around my farm along the side of the road, exempt from state and local inspection, apparently by parking a canteen, plopping down some plastic chairs, an awning, a porta-potty, a hose — and, presto, we have an eatery, with signs no less.

There are no dumping laws enforced in rural California: stopping the guy who throws out his garbage and a sofa is a money-loser; finding the guy in the Mercedes who uses his cell phone is a money-winner.

Yet most state lawlessness out here is predicated on prioritiesRead More »Without Law There is Nothing

Today’s Wisdom

Here is the quote of the day from Taking Hayek Seriously: “A government which cannot obey any principles must maintain itself by handing out special favours to particular groups. It must buy its authority by discrimination.” – F. A. Hayek… Read More »Today’s Wisdom