The Natural Law of Children

John McGinnis profiles the legal scholar Harold Berman at the Library of Law and Liberty:

No sketch of Harold Berman can be complete without a reference to an epigram in which he summarized children’s natural grasp of natural law:   A child says, ‘It’s my toy.’ That’s property law,” he said. “A child says, ‘You promised me.’ That’s contract law. A child says, ‘He hit me first.’ That’s criminal law. A child says, ‘Daddy said I could.’ That’s constitutional law.”

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