Volume 5

Should We Call Ahead? Property, Democracy, & the Rule of Law

Joseph William Singer

Americans hate regulation. We don’t like being told what to do. We value our freedom, and regulations stop us from doing things we want to do. When you are subject to a regulation, you feel anything but free. But if we hate regulation so much, why do we have so many of them? Why don’t we just get rid of them all? That is a puzzle. Maybe we don’t hate regulation as much as it seems. Maybe we have regulations because we want them. How crazy is that? But when you think about it, regulations are just laws, aren’t they? Do we really hate law?

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