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    The same logic works in reverse, and justifies a separate legal system for the poor.

    "The people have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want & the courage to take." - Emma Goldman

    by gjohnsit on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 10:38:10 AM PST

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    •  Roman law precedent (5+ / 0-)
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      A decree of the Emperor Antoninus Pius made de jure and explicit the longtime creeping de facto legal division between the rich "honestiores" and the poor "humiliores", with the latter receiving heavier penalties, especially in criminal cases.  See definitions below.  We can update the last part to "death penalty and Tasing."  

      *honestiores / humiliores - during the Empire, the populace was divided broadly into two classes. The honestiores were persons of status and property, the humiliores persons of low social status. Only the latter were subject to certain kinds of punishment (crucifixion, torture, and corporal punishment).

      "A city for sale and doomed to speedy destruction if it finds a purchaser!" --King Jugurtha

      by LucyandByron on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 12:08:03 PM PST

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      •  Another example of why I question (2+ / 0-)
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        the idea of "human progress."  Here we are, living in the technologically advanced 21st century, and we replicate in our jurisprudence ancient prejudices for the rich and against the poor?  Greater the shame on us than the ancient Romans, though, for we pretend to espouse the wisdom of "equal justice for all."

        We are an ignorant society without the integrity of living by our ideals.

        "The most frightening feature of unreason is its failure to recognize itself." --Howard V. Hendrix

        by vahana on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 01:23:39 PM PST

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      •  And we know (1+ / 0-)
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        exactly what became of the Roman Empire. And we can foresee exactly what will become of the American Empire as it tramples down the same apparent path of social inequities, at all levels of society. The historical parallels are all too evident.

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