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  1. 1. Chias&c Structure ( Χ )  5:6‐10  God alone is worthy of worship and service   5:11  Accuracy in language about God     5:12‐15  Management of labor and property     5:16  Society depends upon func;onal marriage & family         5:17   Life is to be respected & preserved       5:18  Marriage is to be protected     5:19 Property is to be protected   5:20  Accuracy in language of judicial proceedings 5:21     Self is not worthy of worship and service  
  2. 2. God s Design of Society LIFE (protected) LIFE (jeopardized)MARRIAGE & FAMILY MARRIAGE & FAMILY(strong & functioning) (weak & dysfunctional)LABOR & PROPERTY LABOR & PROPERTY(respected & productive) (demeaned & wasted)INTEGRITY of INTEGRITY ofCOMMUNICATION COMMUNICATION(consistently states truth ) (deceitfully professes truth for agendas)HEART ALLEGIANCE (to HEART ALLEGIANCE (toGod) self)
  3. 3. There is probably no single factor which hascontributed more to the prosperity of the Westthan the relative certainty of the law which hasprevailed here. This is not altered by the fact thatcomplete certainty of the law is an ideal whichwe must try to approach but which we can neverperfectly attain. . . .But the degree of thecertainty of the law must be judged by thedisputes which do not lead to litigation becausethe outcome is practically certain as soon as thelegal position is examined. It is the cases thatnever come before the courts, not those that do,that are the measure of the certainty of the law.F. Hayek
  4. 4. There is little doubt that the proliferation oflawyers in the United States in the latter years ofthe twentieth century was a sign of a majorbreakdown of its moral and legal order. TheUnited States in 1990 had some 730,000lawyers – 70 percent of the world s total. In1990, Japan had 11 lawyers per 100,000 inpopulation; the United Kingdom, 82; Germany,111; the United States, 281. Japan had 115scientists and engineers per lawyer; UnitedKingdom, 14.5; Germany, 9.1;United States, 4.8G. North
  5. 5. We ve become a society in which the rules are in flux,thereby prodding people to spend a large amount oftheir time and resources trying to change the rules totheir benefit. . . .In the beginning the Constitution was aset of rules. . .that pretty much encouraged theentrepreneurial type of person to go out and . . .createwealth. Somewhere around the 1870 s the constitutionalclimate started changing dramatically, not byamendment but by interpretation. . . .The Supreme Courtsaid the state legislatures could pass any sort ofregulations they wanted about economic affairs so longas they were reasonable. That meant, of course, thatpeople spent a lot of time trying to get regulationswritten to their advantage or to the disadvantage of theircompetitors.J. P. Hill
  6. 6. Today, much of the economic game is in the politicalarena. It is played by getting rules on your side, ormaking sure that somebody else doesn t get the ruleson their side against you. The action is in Washington,D.C. It s interesting to look at the statistics of manylarge companies and see how much of their time goesinto lobbying, where their business headquarters are,who the big players are, etc. It turns out that it s just asimportant to try to make sure that the rules favor you asit is to produce better products. Any society in which therules are not clearly defined, whatever they are, is atrisk. You need a society of stable, legitimate and justrules in order to have people productively engaged.J. P. Hill
  7. 7. The poverty rate for married-couple families withrelated children under 18 in Baltimore is only7.4%. . . .Education is also important: female-headedhouseholds with less than a high school degree have apoverty rate of 44.1%; the rate is 11% for those with acollege degree. . . .Government policies can influenceone s choices and the level of responsibility one takes.The growth of the welfare state has eroded personalresponsibility and made the poor more dependent.J. Dorn
  8. 8. A huge underclass has captured politicians for theircause of maintaining and increasing [welfare payment]transfers rather than limiting the size and scope ofgovernment to make people more responsible and fostereconomic growth. . . .Part of [Baltimore s povertyproblem] lies in the rise of government welfare and thedecline in morality. . . .It s time to think about how toreduce latent poverty and make people more responsiblefor their choices.J. Dorn