The Rule of Law is a foundational principle of Western Civilization. All that characterizes Western Civilization is due to Christianity, according to Rabbi Daniel Lapin: the rule of law, capitalism, equal justice under the law, individual liberty, the republican form of government, etc.

In his classic book, The Road to Serfdom, Nobel laureate Friedrich Hayek warns about the dangers of collectivism and explains how the rule of law serves to restrict arbitrary government: “The rule of law …excludes legislation either directly aimed at particular people, or at enabling anybody to use the coercive power of the state for the purpose of such discrimination.”

The antithesis of the rule of law, Hayek explains, are substantive rules. Substantive rules are written with intended outcomes for which “the precise effects of government policy on particular people are known.” Government stops being “impartial.” Instead, it “takes sides, impose its valuations upon people and, instead of assisting them in the advancement of their own ends, choose the ends for them.”

Acton Institute, Oct 18, 2017 | Statism, the rule of law, and the breakdown of Western civilization

If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” — President Ronald Reagan

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A lifetime (over 50 years) of experiences with automation and control systems ranging from aerospace navigation, radar, and ordinance delivery systems to the world's first robotic drilling machine for the oil patch, to process-control systems, energy management systems and general problem-solving. At present, my focus is on self-funding HVAC retrofit projects and indoor air quality with a view to preventing infections from airborne pathogens.

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