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A word from Charles Stross

Charlie Stross, a favorite writer of mine, posted this epic trollbait over at Antipope.org:

1. Justice is a religious cult.
2. Law is holy scripture.
3. Judges are priests.
4. Judicial capital punishment is human sacrifice.

Further down his post, he notes three corrolaries, and ends on this note:

1. Justice-as-religion implies a seat of absolute authority from which judgements may be passed—naively, a God (or goddess, or symbol) of justice. (In reality, it’s a shared human cognitive process: the natural non-human world has no justice mechanism. But human-centric processes are, well, human-centric.)
2. Anarchism is hated and loathed by the followers of the Cult of Justice because it occupies a role equivalent to Atheism in the context of religions: it’s corrosive of certainty, and a large subset of humanity simply can’t cope with uncertainty.
3. Governments embody mechanisms for creating and enforcing laws. It follows that all governments are theocracies.

Discuss point (3).

A quite interesting comment thread ensued.

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