Common Law In England

There is a little known laboratory experiment being conducted in the United States pitting two economic systems against one another. The people are usually willing to give up rights, as long as they are promised what they consider to be benefits. Those needing government help will always vote to keep those benefits, especially since they outnumber those with less need. So if government can keep the populace poor and needy, then they can dictate the rules to the people – and therefore easily control them without firing a shot. I like Heinlein’s quote but it breaks down if you apply reducto ad absurdum. My house has a burglar alarm, security lights, and door locks. That means, in one sense, that I want people to be controlled in their ability to traipse through my house and thumb through my belongings at will. However, this is passive control; I am not insisting … Read the rest

Common Law In England

SALT LAKE CITY — State senators engaged in a lively debate Wednesday over the meanings of democracy, republic and even socialism in the American form of government. My friends Andy Simpson and Michelle (Mitch) Boardman had a flat in the town centre where I spent loads of time, sometimes staying there on a Saturday night. There had already been a couple of books published on anarchism, one by the Austrian journalist Ernst Viktor Zenker, and another famous one by the German law professor Paul Eltzbacher. So anarchism was getting coverage, people were trying to work out what it meant. In his article, Kropotkin also mentions Leo Tolstoy , who by that time had already done a lot to promote anarchist ideas, even though he didn’t call himself an anarchist. So these ideas were circulating, and being taken seriously in some quarters. Default Judgment – A judgment entered against a party … Read the rest