“When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice, you may know that your society is doomed.” — Ayn Rand
“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it, and a moral code that glorifies it.” ~ Frederic Bastiat (political economist, 1850)
How does the legal system “authorize” plunder and other forms of perfidy? It can’t do so openly, of course. So it lies.
Perhaps parody and satire (anonymous, of course) are the only rational responses left. That, or leaving the country, for those with the means to do so.
Interesting that Appellatesquawk tells of his/her previous telemarketing sales job, and then Scott Greenfield cites Appellatesquawks’ post in a post of his own, and in yet another post today bemoans young lawyers who behave themselves like salesmen.
Lawyers are not salesmen, of course. The problem is, given judicial realities, they might as well be. Blame the children if you want – that’s easier – but this situation is the grownups’ fault.