Recently we’ve been flooded with important cases relating to the rule of law. I’d name a few, but for certain I’d miss somebodies important one. Take your pick. They’re all important, and they all demonstrate how complex “law” is in a country of 330,000,000 people and a long history of some sense of democracy.
In the even you’re interested in “law” generally, even if not part of the legal community, I have a resource you may at minimum simply like to browse. Perhaps something within will peak your interest.
Some time back I was browsing some potential archival materials for an organization I’ve long been part of, now called Citizens for Global Solutions (CGS), previously called United World Federalist Association (WFA).
The group was founded in the wake of the founding of the United Nations in 1945. WFA first organized in 1947; it changed its name in 2004. Its focus has always been on the need for a system of laws in which a diverse national and global society can at least function without going to war, or dictatorship.
In a box I found a 52 page pamphlet published in 1959 by the American Bar Association, as a series of ideas for discussion of the American legal system at the time of Law Day, proclaimed by President Eisenhower in 1958. (In 1958, the U.S. population was approximately 181,000,000, slightly more than half of todays population. Neither Alaska nor Hawaii were states in 1958)
I pdf’ed the booklet, which is presented here in four parts (my scanner was being irritable). But all the pages are there, and I invite your taking the time to take a look. Here are the pages. (cover – 17) Law Day Am Bar Assoc 1959; (pp 18-24) Law Day (2) Am Bar Assoc 1959; (pp 25-43) Law Day (3) Am Bar Assoc 1959; (pp 45-52) Law Day (4) Am Bar Assoc 1959.
The booklet is written for a general audience, for use in local events. My favorite short essay is “Law in Treehouse World”, p. 49.
How are things the same in today’s world, compared with 1959? How do they differ? And what difference does that make? These and many other questions are worthy of exploration.
Coincident with my idea of forwarding this booklet, a good friend, a retired Priest and long-time activist Harry Bury, sent to me and several other friends his summary view of contemporary issues. I simply submit his writing as his thoughts, food for thought and debate. His thoughts are shared with his permission.