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  •  The thing about the rule of law (1+ / 0-)
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    is that without it, even the rich and "powerful" are fair game for other rich, powerful people.

    Which opens up some really nasty potential behavior.  The endless feudal wars of the Middle Ages are perhaps the prime example.  The "rule of law" is a sort of Marquess of Queensbury rules, and when it's thrown out, eventually things get very very ugly for everyone.

    Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

    by neroden on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 09:56:35 PM PST

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    •  The rule of law, as currently in fashion, (0+ / 0-)

      is an impersonal substitute for the whimsical rule of the tyrant.  It's GWB saying about Iraq, "it's not I beating the crap out of people, it's an intervention made legal by the AUMF," which, btw, still hasn't been repealed.
      Interventions are necessary and the law is necessary to define justice.  But, historically and continuing into the present, the law has been used to make the deprivation of rights of inoffensive people (women, children, natives, captives, aliens) legal.  Slavery was legal; so is DADT and "stop loss."

      The conservative mind relies mainly on what is plain to see.

      by hannah on Wed Dec 08, 2010 at 03:31:47 AM PST

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