Okay, you pesky commoners, you want me to say it, I'll fucking say it:
As a result, law has been completely perverted from what it was intended to be – the guarantor of an equal playing field which would legitimize outcome inequalities – into its precise antithesis: a weapon used by the most powerful to protect their ill-gotten gains, strengthen their unearned prerogatives, and ensure ever-expanding opportunity inequality.Is this what they teach you in law school? What is an equal playing field? Hello, Tom Friedman, is that you? "Legitimize outcome inequalities"? Um what again? I suppose it's a pleasant self-flattering fantasy to imagine that one's sort-of vocation is in the service of ensuring an equitable social order. The law does nothing of the sort. The law doesn't legitimize outcome inequalities; the law preserves inequality. The law doesn't guarantee equal opportunity; the law determines starting position. The law is an invitation to The Masters. Since it was first written down--since before it was first written down--, the law has distinguished, in one way or other, explicitly or by implication, between masters and slaves.