Principium Volume III, Book 12, Quote 1262, 1266, and 1268

1262. (2-3-2011) (To reaffirm the definition)ATJ The rule of law stands for the view that decisions should be made by known principles or laws. In general such decisions will be predictable, and the citizen will know where he is.

- Report of the Committee on Administrative Tribunals and Enquiries


1266. (2-4-2011) Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal.

- Justice L. Brandeis – Dissenting opinion in Olmstead v. United States, xxx, 277, U.S. 479 (1927)


1268. (2-6-2011) The reason why many of the new welfare activities of government are a threat to freedom, then, is that, though they are presented as mere service activities, they really constitute an exercise of the coercive powers of government and rest on its claiming exclusive rights in certain fields.

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

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