Sunday, January 23, 2011

ObamaCare: is legislation "law"?

Economic Liberty Lecture Series - Donald J. Boudreaux from The Future of Freedom Foundation on Vimeo.

Dr. Donald J. Boudreaux of George Mason University lectures on the topic of Liberty, Legislation, and Law. The discussion is fascinating in that his premise is that legislation is not law. He argues, much as F.A. Hayek argued, that "law" is derived from general social norms. Boudreaux gives some most excellent examples in his presentation.

The entire video is intriguing. Regarding ObamaCare, Boudreaux makes reference at 33:00 - 34:30 of the video to some interesting aspects of ObamaCare legislation. Boudreaux makes an excellent point that unread legislation, those purveyors of the legislation having not read the legislation they indeed passed into "law" would have an extremely difficult time stating someone broke their "law" as they themselves don't know, have not read, have not studied, have not researched the very law they would attempt to enforce.

Also try 52:20 - 55:10 in the question and answer session. Boudreaux fields a very interesting question on the ObamaCare topic.

HT Seth at Our Dinner Table

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