Justice: Specifics, Truth and Lies

Essay 21 in the series ,Lighten the Load

This is Essay Twenty-One in the series Lighten the Load, a back-to-basics re-think of government. What should a government be and do? What should it definitely NOT be and do? What are the underlying basic principles upon which we can all agree? Is government even necessary at all? If so, how much and why? How do we decide, against what criteria?

by Steve Cook

Justice only works on specifics. It simply cannot function without them.

You cannot bring Joe to trial for “being bad.” but you can try him for a specifically identified harmful act, such as stealing a purse.

You cannot try “Londoners” for murdering people and making them into pies but you can try Sweeney Todd.

Self evidently, justice must include a full, open and impartial examination and verification of all the facts before any conclusion as to culpability is reached and before penalty is enacted.

By impartial we mean, “willing and able to examine and verify all evidence, un-swayed by opinion, preconceived ideas, prejudice or bias or any desire for a particular assignment of blame.”

This does not mean that justice should be passive or apathetic: it requires a positive, dedicated, steely-eyed, energetic determination to hunt down, ferret out and fully verify TRUTH, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Justice, obviously, cannot operate on falsehoods

The entry of falsehood into, or the exclusion of true reports from, the process of establishing what happened and who did it, or any compromise with dishonesty are themselves counter-survival acts that strike directly at every sane, honest member of the society.

It is essential therefore that every person has the right to know the fullness of any and all reports made about him. The fullness of that knowledge includes knowing the source of such reports.

Every person must have the inalienable right to face his accuser and challenge them where he considers such reports are in any way false.

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