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The Place Of Law In A Democracy

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For tribal societies, law is custom and custom is law, and the purpose of these customary laws may be forgotten, usually regarding the minor ones, but for the major ones they are obvious as everything else is in a society which holds few secrets from its members. That's why theft is nonexistent in a society where nothing can be hidden, where everything anyone owns is known to everyone else who cares to look, and often can be borrowed just for the asking. The ultimate level of analysis for describing what the place of law in a democracy is to describe what is the relation of law to values, and how does democracy enforce or create or is created by law and values. Socialistic government, more common in Europe, is organized through reliance on bureaucracy and social conventions.

Keywords: customary laws; democracy; socialistic government



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