“King Of America” Does Have A Nice Ring To It!

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(We) must do more than chase the vain illusion that someday a good and illuminated man will come to power. – ProReforma Campaign Brochure, Guatemala, 2009

I don’t know why this quote came to my mind this morning, but as I greeted Tax Day and started looking towards mid-term elections, 2016, and beyond, it seemed an apt reminder and warning. Good societies are built not on good people; they are built on good institutions.

The Rule of Law is arguably the most important institution and political tradition of Western Civilization. It allows us to hold each other accountable for our duties and commitments. It allows us to plan for our lives without surprise interference from our neighbors or a government official. It protects our lives and livelihoods from abuses of authority. It is an institution which enables progress towards equality in the only way that equality truly matters, in our dealings with a government which can and will use coercion to enforce its judgments. Like a referee on a sports field, judgments may be against an individual or on an individual’s behalf, but a rational expectation of consistent, rule-based treatment is a necessary condition of players in games and citizens in societies.

“Nothing distinguishes more clearly conditions in a free country from those in a country under arbitrary government than the observance in the former of the great principles known as the Rule of Law.” – F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom (Chapter 6, “Planning and the Rule of Law”)

In short, if we know that government will enforce its judgments, the Rule of Law simply requires these judgments be Continue reading

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Interview on KVOI, “Wake Up Tucson” 04/08/2014

Discussion of positive and negative rights and how they apply to healthcare, firearms, speech and other areas of life. Also includes conversations about the policy history of the healthcare and insurance industry, Constitutional interpretation and enforcement, and the role of education in informing the voting public.