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History Repeats

“If you have the power to put a stop to subjugation, yet look the other way while it happens, then you have done it yourselves,” ― Thucydides, On Justice, Power, and Human Nature: Selections from The History of the Peloponnesian War “It will be enough for me, however, if these words of mine are judged […]

Liberty

” It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” ~Samuel Adams

The Legal Pursuit-Evidence, Rules, Argument, Judgment

It is rare that an aspiring law student or lawyer has not heard of the movie, “The Paper Chase.” For it is instructive to both law school and life. In one scene with the study group one member, neurotic and fumbling, has a massive outline, multi hundreds of pages, that ultimately blows apart as it falls […]

Bureaucratic Logic and Catch 22

First rule of any negotiation is to know who is who, which is also a necessity of political competition. A corollary might come from Joseph Heller’s Catch 22, “It doesn’t make a damn bit of difference who wins the war to someone who’s dead.” And, “The enemy, … is anybody who’s going to get you killed, no […]

Fourth Admendment

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides, “[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the […]

Reputation and Criminal Law- Why you must hire a criminal lawyer.

Having discussed criminal matters with literally thousands of people over the last 30 plus years and I am continuing taken back by how little people realize that any contact with law enforcement as a suspect that results in an arrest and charges will probably result in damage to their reputation. This is the age of […]

Time

I do not believe that we will ever find time flowing into the past, though we certainly try to carry buckets of it into the future.

Efficiency

Observation- In a fascist state efficiency is all, justice nothing.

The Goal

At the end of the day the goal is to make the world a better place. Always a plurality.

Wizard of Oz, Hegel, Eco, and Sherlock Holmes

Sometimes the greatest dialectical problem is that heroes and villains are not pure characters anymore than Kansas is a utopia. The scariest thing about the past is that it may not have been a result as Hegelian as a storyline, and so neither will be the future. It turns out, if one follows the story, […]

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