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AuthorizedVersusForbidden

The genius of free society under the rule of law:

Private citizens can do anything that is not explicitly forbidden. The government, by contrast, can only do those things that are explicitly authorized.

At least, that's how good government should operate, eh?!

(heard recently during a talk by a lawyer in the US federal bureaucracy; cf. Independence Day (4 Jul 2001), PersonalPositivism (16 Nov 2002), BigSecretOfProsperity (14 Mar 2004), ...)


TopicSociety - TopicOrganizations - Datetag20050703


(correlates: GoodFailure, GovernmentJob, WhateverYouWant, ...)