Freedom and the Law
by Bruno Leoni

A record of the change from common law to legislative law at the expense of individual freedom. Leoni proposes limiting the scope of legislation. It is well written and serious, but it lacks any hint of class analysis.

It presumes the purpose of the state is to render justice. He criticizes legislative law for being unscientific. The best inference from the book is that private law is closer to the people, because it is based on common sense, rather than on short-sighted legislative whim.

Year Read: 1973

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