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Blindsided by Jonathan Gifford

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Law and Fair Play

These recent examples of ‘total democracy’ functioned remarkably well, but they reflect the relative simplicity and homogeneity of the societies from which they emerged: groups of like-minded people, outside the framework of any system of law enforcement, engaged in the same activity, with every incentive to cooperate with each other and thrash out ways of recognising individual rights and obligations and of deterring those predatory people who tried to gain an unfair share, or to help himself to the fruits of another man’s labour.

As the early communities of miners, ranchers, trappers and shop holders began to acquire more of the trappings of civilisation — shops, banks, saloons, stables, stagecoaches and photographic galleries ...

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