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For Wolfgang Schäuble, societal behavior cannot be easily explained, not even by social scientists. That is why, he believes, negotiated rules -- and adherence to those rules -- is the best policy.
Two comments on this: the insistence on the essential unpredictability of society is a basic ingredient of Austrian economic "theory", and I suppose it is a justification for the Ordoliberal focus on "rules", but then who sets the rules, and based on what, and what do you do when unpredictable reality unpredicted when the rules were set does intrude and show the rules are inadequate? Do you rail that pacta sunt servanda?

The second observation is that I used to like German legal positivism until I saw the effect of legalistic adherence to rules on Euro crisis resolution.

As I don't like natural law as a basis of justice and I'm not religious, I'm left without a universal basis for law and justice, but I guess that just forces me to be responsible for my own political choices.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 28th, 2015 at 02:24:46 PM EST
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