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Rats and roaches live by competition under the law of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy. Wendell Berry

The white men who control the NC Senate today denied Medicaid expansion to half a million North Carolinians last year–many of them working class white folks from Mayberry. Doctors spoke out, poor people spoke out, and tens of thousands of people joined the Moral Movement to ask for basic health care. The same men who are asking for “reasonable dialog” refused to hear these concerns, insisting that they knew better. Race Baiting and Real Justice In NC

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I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice. Theodore Parker

People in many parts of the world simply live beyond the apparatus of law and order. The District of Columbia spends about $850 per person per year on police. In Bangladesh, the government spends less than $1.50 per person per year on police. The cops are just not there. In the United States, there is one prosecutor for every 12,000 citizens. In Malawi, there is one prosecutor for every 1.5 million citizens. The prosecutors are just not there. Even when there is some legal system in place, it’s not designed to impose law and order for the people. It is there to protect the regime from the people. The well-connected want a legal system that can be bought and sold. The Republic of Fear

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The U.S. tortured humans who were already disarmed and imprisoned. It swept innocents into indefinite detention, where they languished for years without charges or trial. It began intrusive spying not just on foreign political and military elites, but on the innocent masses in democratic countries, including at home. It has killed hundreds of innocents with drones, many of them women and children. What America Has Forgotten: ‘Liberty and Justice for All’ Requires Risks

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The Egyptian military regime hands down a mass death sentence for 529 members/supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, apparently with no opportunity for the lawyers of the defendants to present a defense. Terrorism is terrible, but counter-terrorism can be no less terrible. It can become an excuse for mass extermination - “cleansing” if you will - of political opponents. Brian McLaren

…if the institution of capital punishment – with consequences so final and irreversible — can never be a perfect instrument of criminal justice, is the institution itself a criminal injustice? Why conservatives should oppose the flawed death penalty, too

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