Originally, I had titled this post, “Ignorantia legis persona.”
Yeah, I know. It’s all Greek to you.
But, actually, it’s Latin – and unless I screwed it up, it means “ignorance of the law person,” by which I mean “officer.”
Why Latin? Latin is the language of the Romans. Certain legal principles that form the foundation of our legal system come down to us from the times of the Romans. They’ve been tested by time, and understood for centuries to form the basis of a system of Law-with-a-capital-L.
Law-with-a-capital-L is important because, without it, we essentially have arbitrary rule by one or more oligarchs. Which, as I will explain, is the antithesis of freedom. [Read more…]