Question for Week 2 of Hayek

Written by Bobbi on October 19th, 2008

According to Hayek, legislation and law are both necessary components of a free society.  In society’s evolution, the consequences of any given rule may not be seen immediately.  By the time the flaw is perceived, it may be necessary to legislate to correct the path.  Thus, legislation and law are both essential to a free and responsible society.  What is the significance of Hayek’s distinction between “law” and “legislation” in understanding his conception of social order?  What role would Hayek assign to each one in shaping a free society?



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