This is prompted by the latest developments at ICAC regarding the activities of some ALP politicians. The point that I want to make is to avoid thinking that every single thing that we don’t like can be stopped by the laws of the land. A robust moral framework is required as the first line of defence to make certain kinds of actions practically unthinkable by decent people.
Legal positivism is the idea that “positive”, that is proper laws, are made by the state in the same way that “proper” money is made by the state as well. The alternative Scottish/Austrian theory of laws, and all other social institutions including money, is that they evolve as unintended consequences of the actions of countless people in the catallaxy, the extended order of people going about their daily business of work and play. Or play and more play if you are an academic.
One of the disastrous consequences of legal positivism is the spoken or unspoken assumption that if it is not illegal then it is ok.
All kinds of things are not OK but beyond policing the use of force and fraud, beware of state intervention and regulation! Especially to achieve what are regarded as desirable economic or moral outcomes.