We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In relation to the economy, for example, Adam Smith placed ‘a due administration of justice’, alongside peace and easy taxes, as one of the three requisites for wealth. The other half of The Wealth of Nations are his recently discovered Lectures on Jurisprudence, first published in 1978. Smith wrote about how English law seemed in its certainty, its complexity and its concern with property to be ideally suited to be a foundation for commercial capitalism. He noted for that ‘there is no country in Europe, Holland itself non-excepted, of which the law is, upon the whole more favourable in this sort of industry.’1 He also writes of ‘that equal and impartial administration of justice which renders the rights of the meanest British subject respectable to the greatest, and which, by securing to every man the fruits of his own industry, gives the greatest and most effectual encouragement to ever sort of industry…
Almost all legal systems in history, including Roman Law, are based on the assumption that people are born unequal and remain so. Nobles and commoners, men and women, parents and children, free and slaves, all are permanently unequal
American jurisprudence hides this assumption well.
The Poetry of Violence
Rights of property and wealth come under such criticism, but have been so pivotal in raising us the downtrodden. Most places in the world, even today, simply sell justice (or give it to the powerful for implied favor). In Anglo-Saxon law, slowly, painfully, it was established that gasp! even Quakers couldn't have their property taken. Even women could keep property when men wanted it! Even people of other colors had the right to their property!! This became even more true in America (and Canada, Australia, NZ). It transformed the world.
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And while historically, it wasn't perfect, it held the genetic material for equality. No grand rewrite for Common Law, just an excising of certain cancers that had crept in. Thus remove the cancerous accommodations of slavery and the whole body of law envelops those freed from that designation without purposeful act.
A couple of trivial points: common law is superseded by law codes and constitutions so in effect there is a grand rewrite of common law (at least in the USA), and, the cancer of slavery and the slave trade was protected by the US Constitution as enacted. Slavery and its lingering remnants were eradicated primarily by war and violence rather than "the law".
What the Matrix does best is protect and preserve the status quo. If women and Blacks and Others now appear to have the right to exercise the full suite of property rights, I suggest its because the system values and needs them to be batteries producers and consumers. There's no particular merit in raising the downtrodden, why should it be more obvious now than in 1795?
But everyone including women and Blacks and Others have the inalienable right to lots and lots and lots consumer debt. I read that in the Constitution.
The Poetry of Violence
So tell me please--where does one go to find justice and equitable resolution of complaint, when an entire community of lawyers are to terrified of the local corporate overlords--or their daughters--to even try to defend a victim. Sorry, Barrister, too many times, too many excuses, it is too late. We should never have allowed one group--one tribe--to be above the law.