On Maistre and Microwaves
Dec. 23, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Read the following please:
All grandeur, all power, and all subordination to authority rests on the executioner: he is the horror and the bond of human association. Remove this incomprehensible agent from the world and at that very moment order gives way to chaos, thrones topple and society disappears.
Joseph de Maistre, 19th Century (1753-1821) French lawyer, diplomat & philosopher.*
Now read Regina F. Graham and the Associated Press, Mother who killed one-month-old baby by putting her in the microwave for five minutes sentenced to life in prison, Daily Mail (December 19, 2015).
Perhaps dead white guys have something to teach us after all.
Richard G. Kopf
Senior United States District Judge (Nebraska)
*Maistre and Edmund Burke are regarded by many as the founders of European conservatism.