Friday, October 9, 2009
Cardinal George’s rant about lawyers is obvious hyperbole (though we have in some areas an excessively litigious society). It is just false to say that if you are not a lawyer, you are on the outside. Most Americans live most of their lives with almost no contact with lawyers. But society needs law and some of that law needs to be intrusive in the business world. It is important that such laws be just. Honest and intelligent people disagree about what justice and fairness entail. It is not folly to worry about how law should regulate the power arrangements of a society. One can engage in those worries while regretting the excessive power of lawyers in some areas.