Law Alone Not Enough

I came across a reflection on the implementation of law, once written. The following quote is by Linda E. Ledray, R.N., Ph.D., Recovering from Rape, Henry Holt and Company. New York, NY, 1986, pp 216-217: Laws alone won’t stop rape. The laws are only as good as the people who enforce them…. When the government decided it was time …

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Plato and the Guys

All political activity involves either bringing a change from the worst to the better or preventing a change  from the better to the worst. Plato An optimist, Plato saw humans as fundamentally good. It is the environment that corrupts. Humans are naturally not equal. The gold type are by nature equipped to rule. Silver is …

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Democracy Anyone?

It is a myth that we have popular control over our governments. Hope reigns eternal and the frameworks are put into place: everyone ought to be able to vote (who -the working class, at what age, with property, women…..the issues are ongoing) elections must provide a real choice voters have adequate information to sort out …

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Magna Carta foundation

In 1215, the Magna Charta began a codified system of limited government and due process of law. No one can arbitrarily be punished without a legal case. Consult with nobility before taxing (parliament must approve). This Magna Charta enabled the foundation of Canada’s 1867 British North America Act (the BNA Act) setting Canada up as …

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Values Added

You – Part of the Law Making Process What law-making values are important to you? Is it dealing with significant scarce resources? Is it: everyone with land to “own”, justice, security, equality, freedom, decent housing, access to post-secondary education, clean air, health care? Disagreement and conflict are inevitable in handling scarce resources. The difficulty in obtaining …

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Power and Authority to Make Laws

The state is given a social contract to make laws where it is expected to meet the basic needs of its own citizens. Legislation creates laws for conflict resolution and organizational cooperation hopefully with security, order and justice using a balanced use of force, power and authority. We need to look at power and government, …

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