This Quigley Fellow

It has been a necessary and momentous achievement in the development of civilisation to set laws down so everyone knows what they may and may not do, and to protect people from the capriciousness of rulers who are also bound.

The Greeks had Draco tabulate existing Athenian law. Once they saw it they realised how uneven and cruel it was – hence the word ‘Draconian’, and leading to the appointment of Solon to reform laws along more just lines.

The Romans had their Twelve Tables, the basis of a legal system that maintained order in the largest empire the world had seen, where a man could travel from Palestine to Britain through flourishing towns secure in his rights and his responsibilities.

Magna Carta is rightly remembered for protecting people from the whims and predations of a monarch.

In common among all of these is that they provide permanence and predictability, they allow citizens a defence against the arbitrary exercise of power, and guarantee the conditions under which society thrives.

This Quigley fellow would be given hemlock in Athens, thrown before wild beasts in Rome, and spitted on a spear in England.

And with Quigley’s precedent we can just do it too!

Mother Lode.

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14 Responses to This Quigley Fellow

  1. HT

    I thought you were referring to Andrews. Fits.

  2. Herodotus

    ” The Greeks had Draco tabulate existing Athenian law. Once they saw it they realised how uneven and cruel it was – hence the word ‘Draconian’, leading to the appointment of Solon to reform laws along more just lines.”
    And was there someone called Somnol whose task it was to reform voting?
    We have to this day so many voters who are somnolent.

  3. mundi

    People forget how backward WA is.

    This is a state that has quotas on almost all farming crops, and a board that tells you what you can and can’t grow on your land, and what you can and can’t sell at the market.

    WA is actually one of the most communist places on earth for many markets.

  4. Hay Stockard

    Can we not just have a plebiscite to banish him for ten years as they also had in Athens? One feels full of the milk of human kindness this evening.

  5. HT

    mundi
    #3558876, posted on August 24, 2020 at 8:29 pm
    People forget how backward WA is.

    This is a state that has quotas on almost all farming crops, and a board that tells you what you can and can’t grow on your land, and what you can and can’t sell at the market.

    Really?

  6. Nob

    Western Australia: It is an offence to be in possession of more than 50kg of potatoes in WA, unless you have purchased the potatoes from a grower or retailer authorised by the Potato Corporation. Police also have the power to stop and search a vehicle suspected of carrying more than 50kg of potatoes.

  7. Nob

    From Slugs & Bugs of all people. I mean they make their money preying on small businesses fallen foul of hyper regulation. And then paint themselves as David Vs Goliath.

    https://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/wig-chamber/21500-australia-s-quirkiest-crimes#:~:text=Western%20Australia%3A%20It%20is%20an%20offence%20to%20be%20in%20possession,more%20than%2050kg%20of%20potatoes.

  8. Mother Lode

    Oh, man!

    I slept through my 15 minutes of fame!

  9. Iampeter

    That’s a great post from Mother Lode. But it should include the American Constitution.
    That’s the culmination of everything that came before and established the worlds first rights-protecting republic. The whole “rights-protecting” bit being key to non-arbitrary government action.

    But to support what Mother Lode posted requires opposition to things like regulating trade, immigration and so forth. You know, opposition to “arbitrary exercise of power.”

    Someone who actually believes what Mother Lode expressed in that post would have very unpopular opinions here at the Cat.

  10. Richard Standley

    You forgot about the 10 commandments…
    also the basis of the Western legal system…

  11. Iampeter

    The 10 commandments are the very definition of arbitrary exercise of power and have nothing to do with the Western legal system.

    It’s another reason that religious conservatives are in pretty fundamental opposition to what Mother Lode posted.

  12. John A

    Iampeter #3559425, posted on August 25, 2020, at 12:33 pm

    The 10 commandments are the very definition of arbitrary exercise of power and have nothing to do with the Western legal system.

    It’s another reason that religious conservatives are in pretty fundamental opposition to what Mother Lode posted.

    You really are a prize one, aren’t you?

    Every now and then you give me further evidence for why I ignore your stupid posts.

  13. Iampeter

    @John A – you ignore my posts because they expose the fact that you don’t know anything about the topics you fancy yourself a bit of an expert on.

  14. Rex Anger

    you ignore my posts because they expose the fact that you don’t know anything about the topics you fancy yourself a bit of an expert on.

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