There are three types of rule:

1. Social norms that arise from and serve voluntary, beneficial social and economic intercourse. (The Golden Rule is a general statement of such a norm.)

2. State-enforced rules that apply social norms (e.g., the prohibition of murder, theft, battery, etc.)

3. State-enforced rules that are contrived to serve particular interests, including but far from limited to the power-lust of state actors. Such rules go far beyond the scope of social norms, and often contravene and subvert them. (These rules are contrived in accordance with meta-rules that govern the operations of the state.)

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