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Rule of Law

The rule of law is the general acceptance and enforcement of the set of rules and customs that arise through social interaction. These help minimize friction between individuals as each seeks his or her goals.

 

Tom Palmer - History of Limited Government

 

Truth and Consequences of Government Power - Robert McNamara

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For centuries, hierarchical models dominated human organizations. Kings, warlords, and emperors could rally groups--but also oppress them. Non-hierarchical forms of organization, though, are increasingly defining our lives. It's no secret how this shift has benefited out social lives, including dating, and it's becoming more commonplace even in the corporate world. But it has also now come even to organizations bent on domination rather than human flourishing, as the Islamic State shows. If even destructive groups rely on this form of entrepreneurial organization, then hierarchy's time could truly be coming to an end.
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