Rule of Law - RuleofLaw Today

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Rule of Law      Today:  -There is a general understanding throughout the United States that the law is followed by  all people – people become angry when any group assumes they are above the law -Americans solve most disputes through the legal system with vigilante justice being rare  and generally frowned upon    Early 1800s:  -Disputes between higher class Americans (President Jackson, Hamilton v Burr) were  solved by duels and drawn weapons           Why was the Rule of Law created?            -In medieval times, kings ruled and controlled the army (the legalization of violence)           -Kings had divine right and were in power because it was God’s will. -Therefore, the king’s power was never questioned and to limit the King was to limit to  the will of the divine    Problem: power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely    What is Government?            -Government is the legalization of violence to protect the country etc           -The problem is that the violence could be used against the people
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course HISTORY 103 taught by Professor Livingston during the Fall '08 term at Rutgers.

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