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You asked the question...

"Why are there laws against murder and theft when everybody already knows they are wrong?" Simple, people can choose to do what they know is wrong. That's why civil society requires a gov't based on the rule of law, and a mechanism to enforce the law. That can be something as simple as an unwritten tribal code of behavior that's enforced by the tribe.

You said, "Laws are used as much to take certain rights away nearly as often as they are used to protect them." That's true because the law can be used to do wrong, and that's precisely why Ron Paul, and I, advocate for limited government. We need gov't based on the rule of law because people can choose to do what they know is wrong, but we need limited gov't because people in gov't can also use the law to do wrong. Finding the proper balance between gov't and individual liberties is the key. And in spite of the inherent flaws in this system(human nature is flawed therefore government is flawed)it's the best we can do in an imperfect world.

But irregardless of circumstances, a truly free market does not exist, period. Let's assume there are no morals, customs, laws, traditions, etc., a blank slate. You're only free to engage in market activities until someone stronger decides to interfere with your activities. So the regulatory structure is the strong dominate the weak, a.k.a. anarchy.

http://www.dailypaul.com/277342 (Rand Paul: One person can make a difference)
http://www.StandUpForYourRights.me/?p=1264 (Fast and Furious hearing)