On October 25th this book was published bringing the judicial system state of emergency to the forefront of discussion. The whole point of a legal system in society is to uniformly apply a set of preexisting rules to everyone EQUALLY. Inequality in every other realm of our lives is inevitable and even desirable:
- some rich, some poor
- some endowed with unique and extraordinary talents, some ordinary
- some powerful, some powerless
I don’t necessarily believe that rich or powerful people are particularly inclined to take advantage of those less fortunate. Even the most well-intentioned leader will eventually abuse his power if he is not constrained by law. Indeed, and somewhat paradoxically, a ruler’s belief in his own virtue actually renders abuses of power more likely: I am doing this for good ends, and it is therefore justifiable. The vital aim of law, then, was to ensure that the powerful were subjected to its dictates on equal terms with the powerless. A society that demands equality under the law will move toward it. This is our individual responsibility!
Refer to the article: With Liberty and Justice for Some