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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Liberty Fund; 3rd edition (October 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865970971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865970977
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Historically and traditionally, "law" was considered to be something that lawyers and judges "discovered," rather than something a group of legislators made up and voted on. The law was something that private parties used to settle disputes among themselves, not something that the state, or some groups in society, used to force their will upon others.

_Freedom and the Law_ explores this distinction, between the old idea of law and what people today call law, which is really legislation. Leoni persuasively argues for a return to the imperfect but vastly superior Roman law, or the English common law, as a means of restoring the individual liberty that the state has been destroying in modern times.

It is a challenging book, and perhaps best suited for those with a strong background in history, law, and/or economics. I first attempted to read it when I was younger, and stalled after the first chapter or two. Coming back to it with more education and understanding, I've found a lot to appreciate.

Incidentally, this volume actually contains two books: _Freedom and the Law_ and _The Law and Politics_. The latter is a relatively short collection of lectures from the 1960's, but will be of particular interest to anyone who's studied public choice economics, as Leoni examines the then-new ideas of Duncan Black, James Buchanan, and Gordon Tullock.
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I believe the best review of this book may be found by Murray Rothbard at [..]. The review is entitled "Does Law Require Legislation?" and goes into greater detail than the two reviews posted so far. I have not read the book yet myself so I am giving it the sort of rating I think Murray Rothbard might have given it. This is my first attempt at a review so I hope I have not violated any rules or standards set forth by Amazon.com.
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