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The purpose of the law
Authored by: Wol on Wednesday, November 21 2012 @ 04:59 PM EST
The problem with William, like his other title (William the Conqueror) says, is
that he was a conqueror. The line of Saxon kings he supplanted were elected.

That's why his claim to the English throne was such a farce. He *claimed* Edward
the Confessor had promised it to him. As an elected monarch Edward had no
authority to promise the crown to a successor. The parliament elected Harold
instead.

Cheers,
Wol

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The modern purpose of the law ?
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, November 21 2012 @ 06:16 PM EST
I believe that the legal system should be a dispute resolution system that everyone in society can trust and rely on. It needs to punish the guilty, and provide for restitution to the victims -- so that everyone can see that "justice was done", and done fairly.

If it fails to do this, the result is inevitably going to be, individuals or businesses taking "justice" into their own hands: exacting their own revenge when wronged, and perpetuating a cycle of extra-legal violence. Without a working, accessible, trustworthy legal system, you can end up with a hundred years of lynch mobs and blood feuds.

The legal system is one of the essential cornerstones of civilization. If we allow it to grow too byzantine, too expensive, too tilted in favor of the ultra-rich and the megacorps and the lawyers... then the end result will be bad for all of us.

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