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    The Purpose of Law

    I took the liberty of pulling this quote from another thread, because I think the issue is important enough for it's own thread, and I didn't want to hijack the other. I could have gone in the Philosophy section, but I wanted a more contemporary discussion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
    [...] Actually I was thinking about this and I realized the difference between us might be that I dont hold the law or at least all laws in high esteem. I obey the law because I found out I dont like jail much ...
    I think laws are incredibly important, which is why I rail against stupid or abusive laws. I found this quote online (link provided): "Many people think the purpose of law is to promote justice. According to Bastiat, the purpose of law is to prevent injustice". That resonates for me. Laws should not be put in place to protect us from ourselves, but to protect us from others. Now, considering that "us" includes the "others" I refer to, laws ought to have a very tight line to walk to be put in place.

    Unfortunately, too many people feel inconvenienced and yell for laws to make life more convenient. (I'd give examples, but I want to keep the focus on Law rather than specific laws. This conversation will deteriorate that way soon enough without my help.) Politicians, pandering to the people who keep them in power, are more than happy to sponsor bill after bill, enacting more and more laws to the point that hardly any get enforced anyway!

    Laws should be as rare and as simple as humanly possible, imo. Also, like deadly weapons, they are far too dangerous to be handled carelessly.


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    Re: The Purpose of Law

    I do think laws should be written so the average person can understand them, and not filled with too much legal jargon.

    Too many laws? Yes. They should be condensed, and get rid of the arcane versions that are no longer necessary.

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    Re: The Purpose of Law

    Too often when people rail against "stupid laws", they are in fact complaining about laws that inconvenience them personally. Laws should always be enacted and observed for the good of the society as a whole.

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    Re: The Purpose of Law

    NT and AF defy the laws of nature

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    Re: The Purpose of Law

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    NT and AF defy the laws of nature
    Yes! Let's go arrest them!

    Oops. There is a burning sensation on the back of my neck that suggests my missus is in the room. Never mind...

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    Re: The Purpose of Law

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    NT and AF defy the laws of nature
    Hey Jimbo, are sure that your posts are taking up ENOUGH room on the screen - could you not have something bigger?

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    Re: The Purpose of Law

    I have a friend I have known for 23 years now, one day we were out driving around and he, out of the blue, made this statement, "Traffic signs are just suggestions". He is now almost finished with Law School he took a couple detours along the way to the clink. If a man needs consequences to keep him from doing something then he has already lost much of his humanity.
    Life ain't linear.

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    Re: The Purpose of Law

    Quote Originally Posted by chonsigirl View Post
    I do think laws should be written so the average person can understand them, and not filled with too much legal jargon.
    Interesting. Speaking generally, would you know what is against the law?

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    Re: The Purpose of Law

    Yes, I would. I write legal histories, and have had several published.

    I am always encouraged to write them on a level the average person would be able to understand them.

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    Re: The Purpose of Law

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    We have Laws for the Laws, although some were necessary the punishment or lack of - is what I'm disturbed with.
    DUI's ( I know the serious consequences here & do not agree with, but majority have driven) my point
    DUI's have a serious penalty(due to the smell of a beer) - yet a rapists walks
    One can actually murder another - yet without 99% proof - they walk
    There's several I could list
    It's the penalty for the Laws I object to.

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