good fences make good neighbors

Liberty Quotation of the Day: Hayek on Good Fences and Good Neighbors

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95d39/huch/1889/09“The understanding that ‘good fences make good neighbours,’ that is, that men can use their own knowledge in the pursuit of their own ends without colliding with each other only if clear boundaries can be drawn between their respective domains of free action, is the basis on which all known civilization has grown. ┬áProperty . . . is the only solution men have yet discovered to the problem of reconciling individual freedom with an absence of conflict. . . . There can be no law in the sense of universal rules of conduct which does not determine boundaries of the domains of freedom by laying down rules that enable each to ascertain where he is free to act.”

F.A. Hayek, Law, Legislation, and Liberty: Rules and Order, vol. 1. [1973]