From The Cliffs: More On Due Process & Its Departure
Alvie muses on recent developments and their consequences.
Read it, and consider this:
Legal systems, from Hammurabi to the present day, have been designed to channel and, in most cases, prevent violent private dispute resolution between aggrieved parties.
In other words, most legal systems operate by standing between the parties and promising a neutral determination of the dispute, so that self-help by the parties will not be necessary, and neither will be the consequences of that self-help.
You have heard of blood feuds and vendetta, right?
What happens to society when a majority of rational actors (and not just some aging yuppies) come to the conclusion that "the system" is either not available to help, or worse yet, actively engaged against them in favor of their opponents?
History suggests that the demons unshackled by that conclusion, once escaped, prove nearly impossible to subdue, at least until all combatants have left piles of bodies across the landscape.
"War to the knife, and knife to the hilt", as the folks in Kansas vowed as they started killing each other six years prior to the 1861-1865 National Steel Cage Match.
Are you ready for a world in which the trust between Americans -- in their institutions and in each other -- is but a memory of a bygone era?
It's coming -- whether you're ready or not.