Law creates rights. It not merely defines them; it creates them. Without law, one may what he can. With law, one can only that which he may. Law is the device by which the many, individually weak, control and compel the few individually strong or cunning. It is a device by which is reduced nature's handicap in favor of the physically strong and ruthless. Where law obtains, those who are fitted to the system created by the law, as the economically efficient, prevail and survive. In the absence of law, only the strong and cunning can survive.
Charles H. Hamill,
War and Law,
Mich. L. Rev.
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