Immunity and Impunity in Elite America

by news on November 3, 2011

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Immunity and Impunity in Elite America 

Al Jazeera: While the founders accepted outcome inequality, they emphasised – over and over – that its legitimacy hinged on subjecting everyone to the law’s mandates on an equal basis. Jefferson wrote that the essence of America would be that “the poorest labourer stood on equal ground with the wealthiest millionaire, and generally on a more favoured one whenever their rights seem to jar”. Benjamin Franklin warned that creating a privileged legal class would produce “total separation of affections, interests, political obligations, and all manner of connections” between the rulers and those they ruled. Tom Paine repeatedly railed against “counterfeit nobles”, those whose superior status was grounded not in merit but in unearned legal privilege.

 

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