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Law, Property Rights, and Air Pollution

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07/20/2005Murray N. Rothbard

Modern variants of positive legal theory state that the law should be what the legislators say it is. But what principles are to guide the legislators? And if we say that the legislators should be the spokesmen for their constituents, then we simply push the problem one step back, and ask: What principles are supposed to guide the voters?

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Cato Journal, Spring 1982, pp. 55-99; and Walter Block, ed., Economics and the Environment, Vancouver, Canada: Fraser Institute, 1990. See also in The Logic of Action Two, pp.121-170.