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Comment: Excellent points but I'm afraid you've reached an incorrect

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Excellent points but I'm afraid you've reached an incorrect

conclusion. Quote:

“When mores are sufficient, laws are unnecessary; when mores are insufficient, laws are unenforceable.”

― Émile Durkheim

In other words, in a moral society laws are unnecessary. Why are there laws against murder and theft when everybody already knows they are wrong? It's against the law to lie in court but other than that it is apparently ok to lie and fib to others because no law exists (other than the ten commandments) to tell us it is wrong?

Laws are used as much to take certain rights away nearly as often as they are used to protect them. 'Eye for an eye' and 'old-west' justice are now forbidden and labeled as 'taking the law into your own hands'. Also against the law are notions like 'my house, my rules', 'my way or the highway', 'that's how we do things around here'. All imply that if someone doesn't like a situation they are free to go somewhere else where things are different but the 'law' steps in and interferes with the free-market scenario implied by 'my house, my rules' and forces the homeowner to act against their own desires...

Laws also sometimes directly prevent free-market activity like competition by creating unnecessary laws such as laws against 'loss leaders' in retail. Loss leaders are things that are sold at less than cost in an effort to get customers in the door in the hopes they'll buy something else that offers a profit. Some would say that laws are needed to protect smaller businesses that can't compete when it is apparent, as the recent leaked memo from Walmart demonstrates, that the greater laws of business and supply and demand will trump legislation every time; the most obvious solution for Walmart's problems will be to raise prices which proves that selling as they do at super-tiny margins is overall a bad business decision in the long, long run.

Chris Indeedski!

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