Freedom and the Law (LF ed.)
The greatest obstacle to rule of law in our time, contends the author of this thought-provoking work, is the problem of overlegislation. In modern democratic societies, legislative bodies are increasingly usurping functions that were and should be exercised by individuals or groups rather than government. The result is an unwieldy surfeit of laws and regulations that by their sheer volume stifle individual freedom.
For a reflection on the enduring relevance of Leoni’s work, see the Liberty Classic Bruno Leoni and the Search for Certainty in Law, by Alberto Mingardi.
Freedom and the Law, expanded 3rd edition, foreword by Arthur Kemp (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund 1991).
This work is copyrighted by the Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, and is put online with their permission.
Table of Contents
- Foreword to the Third Edition
- FREEDOM AND THE LAW
- 1: Which Freedom?
- 2: “Freedom” and “Constraint”
- 3: Freedom and the Rule of Law
- 4: Freedom and the Certainty of the Law
- 5: Freedom and Legislation
- 6: Freedom and Representation
- 7: Freedom and the Common Will
- 8: Some Difficulties Analyzed
- THE LAW AND POLITICS
- 1: The Law as Individual Claim
- 2: Law and Economy in the Making
- 3: The Economic Approach to the Political
- 4: Voting Versus the Market