Only Statist Principles Allowed

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The other day I saw a campaign ad for a guy who wanted to be a judge somewhere in the Empire State. He said that as a judge, he would avoid party politics and lobbyists and only rule according to the law.

But Mr. Judge-Wannabe, what if the law is bad? If the law says it’s legal for the government to steal property or to murder or to imprison, Judge-Wannabe must, by his own admission, be fine with this. Any person with a conscience would find some (most? all?) laws repulsive. Indeed, as Spooner liked to say legislation “is an absurdity, a usurpation, and a crime.”

But what do I know. After all, judges are also “just following orders.”

12:22 pm on November 3, 2008