“Justice” and the Smell of Money

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the divide

The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap (2014)

Justice may be blind, but it sure can smell money. Matt Taibbi’s “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap” makes this dismayingly clear.

Of course, money has always bought better lawyers for affluent people, but these days things go way beyond that. There are two separate justice systems—neither of which has much to do with justice—depending on whether you are rich or poor.

And not necessarily even poor, as just not being rich makes you a potential victim of this Frankenstein’s monster of a legal system.

Own a credit card?

Suppose the bank that issued the card makes a mistake and thinks you missed a couple payments. The bank sends you a notice of their intent to take action to any address on file, even if it is a decade old. Or (depending on the laws of your state) they have a law firm hire a process server to notify you. Except the server throws the notice away and simply signs an affidavit saying you were served. Your signature is no longer required. Continue Reading

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