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What is liberty, as opposed to license, and why is it so important? When people pursue happiness, peace and prosperity whilst living in society, they confront pervasive problems of knowledge, interest, and power. These problems are dealt with by ensuring the liberty of the people to pursue their own ends, but addressing these problems also requires that liberty be structured by certain rights and procedures associated with the classical liberal conception of justice and the rule of law.
Drawing upon insights from philosophy, economics, political theory, and law, Randy Barnett examines the serious social problems that are addressed by liberty--and the background or "natural" rights and "rule of law" procedures that distinguish liberty from license. He then outlines the constitutional framework that is needed to protect this structure of liberty. Athough this controversial new work is intended to challenge specialists, its clear and accessible prose ensure that it will be of immense value to both scholars and students working in a range of academic disciplines.
His interest in basic theory as it relates to the uses and abuses of political power makes his views on a wide range of state policy issues, from taxation to criminal law, worthy of careful attention."--Reason
"This is a serious, engaging, and important work of jurisprudence and political philosophy....Comprehensive in its treatment, fair-minded in the way it deals with evidence and unfailingly rigorous in its argument."--Choice
Those of you who might be leery about picking this book up because you're not a legal professional or law student, don't be afraid. Barnett's writing is clear and lucid, and his explanations can be grasped by those without formal legal and philosophical studies, such as myself. Barnett begins by outlining the 3 obstacles that any legal system must overcome, the problems of knowledge, interest, and power. Taking each one of these in it's turn, Barnett clearly outlines the rights and legal structure that would best acomplish those ends. The most radical part of the book is the section on power, which is where some exceedingly strong arguments for a polycentric legal order, as opposed to the monopolistic legal order of the State institution, are made. After doing so, Barnett turns to debunking some of the criticisms of his system. Anyone interested in law should definitely read this book, even if not a law student. Also, people from other related fields, such as economics and politics, are strongly urged to give this brilliant book a chance.
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