Spontaneous Law

Apropos of the discussion started by Tom Bell's post on Surfing & impromptu property rights, Don Boudreaux at Cafe Hayek notes that there is more to law than legislation (as Jonathan has also noted):

Law is so much more vast than legislation, and so much richer. Much of it - perhaps even most of it - isn't written down anywhere. It's embodied in people's expectations about how others will act and about how others expect each of us to act under various circumstances.

He supports this notion with an observation of informal parking lot etiquette for cars seeking about-to-be-vacated spots.

I suppose that you could say that informal rules of interaction appear, and as they become more established and accepted by the broader public, they'll eventually end up in common law decisions, and from there, perhaps into legislation. Such a cause-and-effect chain would seem to be a wise way to go about getting laws.

Another question, though- is legislation defined strictly as a state activity, or can the word describe private bodies setting down rules, too?

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Holy crap, what happened to

Holy crap, what happened to the formatting inside the quote? Oy vey.

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Maybe just semantics, but

Maybe just semantics, but legislation seems to imply an edict, handed down from somewhere. A private body would presumably have a sort of volunteer membership who agrees to the organization's rules as a condition to membership.
Though I suppose that if I ignored or rejected legislation, I would lose my "membership" in the government by being tortured ot killed, so maybe the only difference is the "flavor" that the word "legislation"has picked up.

Holy crap, what happened to

Holy crap, what happened to the formatting inside the quote? Oy vey.

You know you can fix that, right?

It happens whenever you

It happens whenever you quote any text with ' or ". Very, very annoying.

To judge from the way that

To judge from the way that this quote-munging phenomenon turns a quote mark into 3 characters, I'd say that it has something to do with Unicode.

I think it may be Unicode as

I think it may be Unicode as well, when I uploaded all of my old posts a few months ago, all of the dashes/quotes/umlauts/etc. were magically turned into question marks.

Sexy.

Here's a spontaneous law: A is A!

Isn't that more of a logical

Isn't that more of a logical proposition than a spontaneous law?

Tim: A = A! only if A is 0

Tim: A = A! only if A is 0 or 1.

A logical proposition is by

A logical proposition is by definition, a spontaneous law.

(Dude, I forgot you weren't at Mises U to chide the Rand Roids, aka David. Don't mind me.)