I discuss the proposed free trade agreement between the U.S., U.K. and Canada at Right On:
The legal systems and governance of the U.S. and the Commonwealth settler countries are directly derived from English traditions going back to the Middle Ages, specifically the tradition of common law. Common law states that anything that is not explicitly prohibited by government is allowed, a principle that is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution’s Tenth Amendment. It was British common law that enabled the U.K. and U.S. to leap ahead of France and other European powers in the age of imperialism, as the latter were wedded to a civil law mentality that required them to regulate and control everything. The E.U.’s unaccountable bureaucracy and laws governing every aspect of life are a product of continental civil law and a large part of why the British have always chafed at Brussels’ yoke.
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