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Let Him be Deceived

"Let Him be Deceived" was a maxim of Roman law. It functions like caveat emptor, buyer beware, with the state not helping you if you were lied to or defrauded by conversation. Over time this maxim has been altered to consumer protection and recourse for ripped off customers. To some level this is a good thing and in some ways it makes the consumer lazier. They no longer practice diligence and discrimination in their purchase decisions with the armor of the state to protect them from themselves.

What is the right balance?

If you agree there’s a character issue in the Western empire, the Anglo-sphere, then this may be part of the issue. Being shielded from the consequences of your actions has been traditionally what parents do for their children.

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