A Society Without Rules

A prosperous and free society is possible only when each individual is, by rule of law, protected from force imposed by others, especially those in his own government.  The Founders created a nation based on the fundamental principle that the state is subservient to the people.  As Clint Eastwood put it to an imaginary president: "We own this country.  We...we own it.  It is not you owning it and not the politicians owning it.  Politicians are employees of ours." "We own it" is what is remarkable about the Constitution as originally written.  "We own it" is our most fundamental rule. As the nation moved into the twentieth century, that rule began to be weakened by those who, like the old barbarians, have no use for any rules which might get in their way.  Rules such as "we own it" prevent them from forcing their fantasy of utopia onto others, which is possible only if the state owns us. When the rules of civil society are tossed aside, brutality,...(Read Full Article)