In this episode, I give the libertarian answer to the question “Where does law come from.” In doing so, I refer to seminal English jurist Edward Coke. I also rely on works by Bruce Benson and Hans-Hermann Hoppe.

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Show Notes:

Edward Coke: Common Law Protection for Liberty by Jim Powell

Sir Matthew Hale: Biography Encyclopedia Britannica

‘Since Time Immemorial’ A Story of Common Law Jurisdiction, Native Title and the Case of Tanistry by Shaunnagh Dorsett

Where Does Law Come From? by Bruce L. Benson

A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism by Hans-Hermann Hoppe

By Patrick MacFarlane

Patrick MacFarlane is a Wisconsin attorney in private practice. He is the host of the Liberty Weekly Podcast at, where he covers libertarian legal theory, noninterventionist foreign policy, Austrian economics, history, and other libertarian topics. His is a regular contributor at the Libertarian Institute at His work also appears on in the viewpoints section. He may be reached at

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