Classism and the Law / Part I

Slavery was legal. Colonialism and imperialism of all types were legal. The Holocaust and every major genocide from the Athenian Empire and the Roman Republic up to the Holocaust were legal. Jim Crow was legal. Apartheid was legal. Upper class men protecting their Victorian estates for their eldest sons by restricting the property rights of their upper class women was legal (lower class women as with lower class men throughout history and at present work and die with essentially no accumulation of property, so estate and property “rights” were and substantively still are meaningless for them). Without exception, from Socrates to Jesus Christ to labor union busting to millions imprisoned in the United States for non-violent drug crimes, the law has and always will be on the wrong side of history on any issue of substance. Legality is a matter of power.

 

Both “conservative” and “liberal” powers-that-be are fully aware of the above facts; both complain about too many laws and the tyranny of rule by judges; yet, without exception both conservative and liberal powers in our modern technological society use the law to enforce whatever their classism agenda may be and both market “law and order” as our savior, as the new secular religious cult that must be worshiped and honored by all — or else! “Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it” — Howard Zinn. Oh yeah? It was easy for him to say this while staying at his Martha’s Vineyard vacation home spending his Summers sailing his yacht while he earned (and now his estate earns) money from his Marxist interpretation (distortion) of history books and writings loved by the liberal intelligentsia knowing full well that his earnings and wealth are protected by American intellectual property and estate law. Of course, these same liberal protestors of the tyranny of the law have no problem with five failed lawyers and glorified bookkeepers snatched purely for political reasons from their life of bureaucracy to become judges re-defining marriage for an entire country simply because they wear judicial robes. Laissez Faire and libertarian economics is also easy to hypocritically preach by conservatives until, according to Joseph Stiglitz the Nobel Prize winning capitalist economist, they have a reason not to practice what they preach:

bankers, among the strongest advocates of laissez-faire economics, were only too willing to accept hundreds of billions of dollars from the government in the bailouts that have been a recurring feature of the global economy since the beginning of the Thatcher-Reagan era of ‘free’ markets and deregulation. … Congress maintains subsidies for rich farmers as we cut back on nutritional support for the needy. Drug companies have been given hundreds of billions of dollars as we limit Medicaid benefits. The banks that brought on the global financial crisis got billions while a pittance went to the homeowners and victims of the same banks’ predatory lending practices. … Economic inequality translates into political inequality, and political inequality yields increasing economic inequality.

 

F__k these hypocritical a__holes. As the law becomes the Telescreen and Outer Party of our modern technological society, if working men and women have any hope of becoming or of wanting to become anything other than brain numb 1984 O’Brien’s living a life of happy servitude to our wage masters, this respect for the law has not only got to be rejected but it must be done so in a knowing, knowledgeable, and intelligent matter so that the working person does not wind up in jail or dead as intended by the law for honest expressions against it. Resisting arrest by a bunch of armed police officers is asking for trouble including being shot and not a smart way to rebel against the law — then whining about it through racist slogans such as only “black lives matter” even though the majority of people killed by police are white only fosters racism and thus classism.

 

I am dealing in generalities for now and hope to get into detailed options for rebellion and rejection of the law in later writings because it is important to get into the right mindset and to understand the serious battle at issue by keeping these generalities in mind as we make decisions on if and when we are to rebel or reject the law. “The slave begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown” — Albert Camus. Rebellion and rejection of the law as a secular religion must occur while at the same time avoiding this wanting among the working class. The law is necessary to a certain extent to maintain social order. “It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important” — Martin Luther King Jr. However social order must not be an overriding end in itself neither should be punishment of the guilty nor liability for the responsible. “It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished” — John Adams. A large amount of chaos and social disorder is necessary to allow working class persons to prosper and to use their work ethic and creativity to advance themselves and society materially and economically. If the law had its way, society would consist of a peaceful Walmart utopia of inherited power and wealth and their servants exchanging Walmart greeter jobs as necessary to keep the servants off-guard and either too busy or too beaten to rebel. Classism is a necessary part of nature, and the law is the means by which this necessity is maintained and enforced. Chaos is both a foundation for the law’s work and the only means to fight its power. Unfortunately, as so much in life, the battle is filled with contradiction.

 

If you decide to fight classism in an individual or united battle that you are destined to lose as discussed in earlier blogs here, the first step is to reject the law as your religion, cult, aid, and comforter. This first step will involve further contradiction. Your motto must be extreme while knowing full well that you cannot live it, it is the mental attitude that is important:

Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool

Or a coward

Whoever cannot take care of himself without that law is both

For a wounded man will shall say to his assailant

“If I live, I will kill you. If I die, you are forgiven”

Such is the rule of honor.

                                      Omerta, the band Lamb of God.

 

The powers will respond that this type of mental attitude threatens our peace, freedom, and prosperity and will turn us into a Mideast quagmire of personal religious vendetta. Nonsense. North Korea is a law and order abiding and orderly atheistic society; such does not make it prosperous or free and its peace is that of a prison cell. As books such as Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson are finally starting to publicize and as any study of history will show, neither nations nor freedom prospers because of the rule of law. They prosper because free individuals want freedom and they have the material and economic resources to protect it and make it prosper through social and economic interactions and relationships including religion that allow for such freedom to prosper. The United States was founded by bootleggers, tax evaders, privateers, black marketeers, and other such criminals under British law; was lucky to develop as a nation an ocean away from European law; was founded through enlightened Christian theology; and developed quickly enough before European law could come over and impose its social classes on us. Otherwise we would be in the same position as Mexico, Central and South America, and the English class system called Canada. Fear the law but do not respect it nor fear rebelling against it.

 

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