segunda-feira, março 24, 2014

rule-of-law hypocrisy

Are libertarians rule-of-law hypocrites?:
The rule of law has always been integral to the American system. It hasn’t always been followed, of course, but as Glenn Greenwald has noted “even when this principle was being violated, its supremacy was also being affirmed: resoundingly and unanimously in the case of the founders.”

Unlike some European monarchies, where laws could be changed on the mere whim of some dictatorial—or even insane—ruler with absolute power, our founders sought to design what John Adams called, “a government of laws and not of men.”

And while the results certainly weren’t perfect, the goal was admirable: To guard liberty by building our government on impartial law, not the caprice of one person.

But what do you do when enforcing the rule of law could be bad for liberty?
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