The Law: Going from Bad to Worse
12/25/08 - Econlog.Econlib by Bryan Caplan
Maybe "The Law" is only a soothing idea to help us bear up in an arbitrary society ruled by political power and whim.
[edited] At the risk of offending many friends, I think the law is a shockingly phony discipline. Virtually everyone imagines that the law agrees with what they favor on non-legal grounds. Almost no one admits that many or most laws are so vague that there is no "fact of the matter" about what they mean.
Once in a while, a law professor has told me this verbatim, and then has gone back to arguing about the law. The philosopher in me insists, "If there's no such thing as unicorns, we can't argue about unicorns," but the Great Unicorn Debate never stops.