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Does Law have a Moral Basis?

I'm not a law student or a lawyer, but out of curiosity, I'd like to know whether you believe laws have a moral basis. I think, at heart, all law does have a moral foundation. Even if, say, the aim of law is to maximize economic efficiency in a society, that aim itself is moral, because it chooses "efficiency" as a worthy social goal over other, sometimes competing aims (for instance, equity). Also, I believe our common understanding of law is based on right and wrong-- it's wrong to murder, as opposed to it's merely inefficient to allow murder.
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