Legal Foundations: The Framework of Law

by Gerald R. Thompson

LONANG does not exist in a vacuum, it has a context. This context is fairly well documented throughout history, so it is not something I have made up so much as collected and organized. Like Jefferson, who claimed that the Declaration of Independence was simply the common sense of the subject which he merely wrote down, I do not claim everything I am about to write originated with me. However, I daresay I will interject some new thoughts every now and then, and at times I will question assumptions of very long standing. In one sense, LONANG is nothing new, but at the same time, everything is up for grabs.

You might think that law schools would acknowledge long-standing traditions in legal thought and try to tie together the modern with the ancient. But you would be wrong. What we are about to delve into – the foundations of law – are essentially things never taught in law school. There are a number of reasons for this, which I will explore when we get to the Legal Education section of the LONANG curriculum area of the site. For now, if you haven’t attended law school, take my word for it. If you have attended law school, here is what you were most likely never told.