Principium Volume II, Book 11, Quote 1139, 1141, and 1143

1139. (1-3-2013) The conception of freedom under the law…rests on the contention that when we obey laws, in the sense of general abstract rules laid down irrespective of their application to us, we are not subject to another man’s will and are therefore free. It is because the law giver does not know the particular cases to which his rules will apply, and it is because the judge who applies them has no choice in drawing the conclusions that follow from the existing body of rules and the particular facts of the case, that it can be said that laws and not men rule. Because the rule is laid down in ignorance of the particular case and no man’s will decides the coercion use to enforce it, the law is not arbitrary. This, however, is true only if by “law” we mean the general rules that apply equally to everybody. This generality is probably the most important aspect of that attribute of law which we have called its “abstractness.” As a true law should not name any particulars, so it should especially not single out any specific persons or group of persons.

- Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Liberty, 1978

1141. (1-3-2011) The true contrast to a reign of status (where the law singles out particular persons or groups and confer upon them special rights and duties) is the reign of general and equal laws, of the rules which are the same for all, or, we might say, of the rule of leges in the original meaning of the Latin word for laws – leges that is, as opposed to the privileges.

- Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Liberty, 1978

1143. (1-3-2011) (A glaring error that is part of our law making body, the power to exempt themselves.)ATJ It is not to be denied that even general, abstract rules, equally applicable to all, may possibly constitute severe restrictions on liberty….The chief safeguard is that the rules must apply to those who lay them down and those who apply them – that is, to the government as well as the governed – and that nobody has the power to grant exemptions.

- Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Liberty, 1978

(Unfortunately, exception granting runs rampant in our lawmaking bodies.)ATJ

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