Principium Volume III, Book 12, Quote1232, 1234, and 1235

1232. (1-27-2011) Nobody disputes the fact that, in order to make efficient use of the means at its disposal, the government must exercise a great deal of discretion. But, to repeat, under the rule of law the private citizen and his property are not an object of administration by the government, not a means to be used for its purposes. It is only when the administration interferes with the private sphere of the citizen that the problem of discretion (the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies – Colordict – Wordnet)ATJ becomes relevant to us; and the principle of the rule of law, in effect, means that the administrative authorities should have no discretionary powers in this respect.

- Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Liberty, 1960

1234. (1-27-2011) Where coercion is to be used only in accordance with general rules, the justification of every particular act of coercion must derive from such a rule. To ensure this, there must be some authority which is concerned only with the rules and not with any temporary aims of government and which has the right to say not only whether another authority had the right to act as it did but whether what it did was required by the law.

- Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Liberty, 1960

1235. (1-27-2011) …coercion is admissible only when it conforms to general laws and not when it is a means of achieving particular objects of current policy.

- Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Liberty, 1960

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