Charles Fried

Charles Fried is Beneficial Professor of Law at Harvard University Law School. Born in Prague, he has served as Solicitor General of the United States (1985-89) and as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (1995-99). His publications include Contract as Promise (1981) and Order and Law: Arguing the Reagan Revolution (1991).

July 2000, Volume 11, Issue 3

Markets, Law, and Democracy

The experience of “bandit capitalism” or “tyrant capitalism” in postcommunist societies shows that markets cannot work properly without a community of trust and mutual respect. Such a community can be achieved only where there is a rule of law, applied by able and independent judges.