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02 June 2012

The Rule of Law

Glenn Greenwald wrote a new book titled "With Liberty and Justice for Some" and he released the introduction recently.  I'm looking forward to reading it.  Here is an excerpt:


The central principle of America’s founding was that the rule of law would be the prime equalizing force, the ultimate guardian of justice. The Founders considered vast inequality in every other realm to be inevitable and even desirable. Some would be rich, and many would be poor. Some would acquire great power, and many would live their entire lives virtually powerless. A small number of individuals would be naturally endowed with unique and extraordinary talents, while most people, by definition, would be ordinary. Due to those unavoidable circumstances, the American conception of liberty was not only consistent with, but premised on, the inevitability of outcome inequality — the success of some people, the failure of others. 
The one exception was the rule of law. When it came to the law, no inequality was tolerable. Law was understood to be the sine qua non ensuring fairness, a level playing field, and a universal set of rules. It was the nonnegotiable prerequisite that made all other forms of inequality acceptable. Only if everyone was bound to the same rules would outcome inequality be justifiable.

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