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March 1997

Bruce Benson on the Evolution of Law

Bruce Benson is the chair of the economics department at Florida State University and is also a senior fellow at The Independent Institute. In this video from a 1997 Future of Freedom Foundation seminar on Austrian Economics, Benson lectures on the origin and subsequent development of legal systems. He starts by reviewing Franz Oppenheimer’s distinction between two means to wealth- economic and political- and theorizes about the development of cooperation in society and the creation of systems of private property.