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Single Idea 22823

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / D. Justice / 2. The Law / b. Rule of law]

Full Idea

The rule of law is directed at the restriction of the power of governments as much, if not more, then the power of private individuals.

Gist of Idea

The rule of law is mainly to restrict governments


John Charvet (Liberalism: the basics [2019], 02)

Book Reference

Charvet,John: 'Liberalism: the basics' [Routledge 2019], p.8

A Reaction

The more powerful you are the more restricting is the rule of law. Every government is tempted to change the law to expand its powers. The UK government has just legislated to restrict public demonstrations. Law is the people's weapon against autocrats.