Why Make Laws? What is Law Anyway?
Why Make Laws?
In order to understand what law is and why laws should be written, one must understand that there is a fourth unalienable not found in theDeclaration of Independence. That is the natural right to protect and defend ones’ life, liberty and property.
Frederic Bastiat, in “The Law” defines law this way. “It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense.”
“If every person has the right to defend, even by force, his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly.”
“…Thus, the principle of collective right, …is based on individual right.”
We see, therefore, that all law has its genesis in individual unalienable rights, that, consequently, government derives its power and authority from the individuals it governs and can only do “what [individuals] have a natural and lawful right to do [themselves].”