[cap-talk] POLA and legal "code"

Karp, Alan H alan.karp at hp.com
Thu Oct 13 12:03:43 EDT 2005


IanG wrote:
> 
> What is the one single statement or clause in
> American Founding politics that most clearly
> encapsulates POLA?  Is there an easy aphorism
> such as "POLA is to security as XXXX is to the
> American Constution" ??
> 
"The second manner of diminishing the influence of authority does not
consist in stripping society of some of its rights, nor in paralyzing
its efforts, but in distributing the exercise of its powers among
various hands, and in multiplying functionaries, to each of whom is
given the degree of power necessary for him to perform his duty. There
may be nations whom this distribution of social powers might lead to
anarchy; but in itself, it is not anarchical. The authority thus divided
is, indeed, rendered less irresistible and less perilous, but it is not
destroyed.

-- Alexis de Tocqueville
   Democracy in America
   1850

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