Justice for all: How Societies Crumble.
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Justice for all: How Societies Crumble.

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Institutions of Justice are what hold states together. If corruption runs rampant in a state, the justice system breaks down, favoring those with money and power. Corruption places an unfair burden on the typical person and encourages those with the means to continue usurping the justice system for personal gain. History is teeming with empires that fell due to a corrupt populace. Seeing little alternative, the typical person mimics the corrupt practices of those in power, further facilitating the decline of a once-powerful nation-state.

“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.”-Aesop.

The rich and powerful buy their way out of responsibility for their actions. The small have no hope of equal justice under the law in a system such as this. The typical person carries the weight of his actions and of those that corruption has placed above the law. If a fall guy is needed, those unable to defend themselves; when wealth and nepotism are the arbiters of justice, the poor and forgotten fill the prisons.

“I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means — except by getting off his back.”- Leo Tolstoy.

The news media are complicit in fostering the illusion of justice. They are a propaganda arm of the powerful. They assure us they are on our side and only want what is best for us all. What they want is to keep us dumb and compliant. They serve a powerful conglomerate of media magnates whose sole purpose is to preserve the status quo, which is the retention of power. For the rich to remain prosperous, they need a multitude of the poor. The media has no intention of informing the average man but instead seeks to shape his reality into something that enhances and enlarges the hegemony of the powerful.

“Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.”- David Hume

We are a republic. Our needs and desires are supposed to be met by those elected into office. Unfortunately, this is an infrequent occurrence. Instead, we are given promises and assured of their heartfelt steadfastness as our advocates. Once elected, these people discover that they must be willing to engage in the widespread corruption that permeates our society to maintain their positions. The rewards of such actions are voluminous. The failure to engage in this activity will ensure that they permanently become a private member of society shunned from the social circles they wish to call home, stripped of all power and influence.

“All truths that are kept silent become poisonous.”-Friedrich Nietzsche

Suppose we, as private citizens, refuse the see the reality in which we live. In that case, we will readily descend into a permanent aristocracy not just in the United States but other western nations as well. We ultimately have the power to change the world in which we reside. We have the numbers, we through commerce, ensure the rich and powerful remain so. We only believe we are powerless because it’s in the authoritarian’s interest to convince us we are. Power is simply a construct of the human mind. We are subservient to the whims of others only as long as we believe we are. It should be painfully obvious at this point that our interests aren’t influential in any government or institution. We, the people, created the nations we live in, and they are but memories without us. Without those willing to follow, the powerful are powerless.

The Wrap-up

All great empires have crumbled to dust throughout human history. It is often advantageous for nations to have friction between the classes. When countries no longer offer simple judicial expediency to the lower classes, and the common man can expect no legal remedy to the upper classes’ illegality, he undoubtedly loses faith in the systems of his government. Ancient Rome learned this the hard way and had a relatively expeditious fall from its former position atop the food change of Western Civilization. All nations that descend into corruption and nepotism either succumb to forces without or become tyrannous and oppress their citizens. The most significant and logical first step would be to root out and eradicate corruption in all its forms. Corruption bears many evil fruits, and it is a malignant tumor on a “free” society. Freedom begins where corruption ends. Let’s be proud of Western Civilization and all it has accomplished, and let’s work to restore equal justice under the law.

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2 thoughts on “Justice for all: How Societies Crumble.

  1. If the terms of governance set out in the Constitution do not provide a bill of enforceable rights for citizens, then couldn’t this allow “corruptio” to “run rampant”, given that there would be no way for citizens to legally do anything about it..?

    Regards,

    1. As long as Justice systems are business-focused and money-centric, they will always favor those who can manipulate the system through financial means. The only paper that matters in a world of greed is money. I know it’s a cynical view, but I believe reality supports that sentiment.

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