posted on Jan, 12 2013 @ 03:47 AM
Originally posted by LuckyBamboo
Without law there would be no crime because one can not exist without the other. However, to look at the question in a different way, although without
law there would be nothing illegal - people have been conditioned to accept certain things as wrong and so without formal law, the regular citizen
would more than likely right what they see as wrong in the way that they see fit.
I disagree. Morality is universal.
That said, I think it would vary from community to community. It all depends who gets in power. Everything would be on a much smaller scale, and it's
harder to corrupt that. There would still be some basic rules, but they may even be unspoken. Makes me think of this:
"Before our white brothers arrived to make us civilized men, we didn't have any kind of prison. Because of this, we had no delinquents.
Without a prison, there can be no delinquents.
We had no locks nor keys and therefore among us there were no thieves.
When someone was so poor that he couldn't afford a horse, a tent or a blanket, he would, in that case, receive it all as a gift.
We were too uncivilized to give great importance to private property.
We didn't know any kind of money and consequently, the value of a human being was not determined by his wealth.
We had no written laws laid down, no lawyers, no politicians, therefore we were not able to cheat and swindle one another.
We were really in bad shape before the white men arrived and I don't know how to explain how we were able to manage without these fundamental things
that (so they tell us) are so necessary for a civilized society."
John (Fire) Lame Deer
Sioux Lakota - 1903-1976