Bad Laws Make Bad Citizens

Here is an interesting Opinion article from The New York Times about the recent anti-gambling legislation passed by the G.O.P. I light Murray’s insight into how and why citizens obey the law: not because they have to, but because they want to.

If a free society is to work, the vast majority of citizens must reflexively obey the law not because they fear punishment, but because they accept that the rule of law makes society possible. That reflexive law-abidingness is reinforced when the laws are limited to core objectives that enjoy consensus support, even though people may disagree on means.

And then, an insight into what this type of government leads to:

For millions of Americans, our day-to-day relationship with government is increasingly like paying protection to the Mafia — keeping it off our backs while we get on with our lives.

Via Daring Fireball

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