Yale Law Professor: Enforcing the Law Is Inherently Violent

At last a modern academic has finally said something sensible. A Yale law professor has pointed out something that has been obvious to me for a long time: Enforcing the law is inherently violent.

Law professors and lawyers instinctively shy away from considering the problem of law’s violence.  Every law is violent.  We try not to think about this, but we should.  On the first day of law school, I tell my Contracts students never to argue for invoking the power of law except in a cause for which they are willing to kill. They are suitably astonished, and often annoyed. But I point out that even a breach of contract requires a judicial remedy; and if the breacher will not pay damages, the sheriff will sequester his house and goods; and if he resists the forced sale of his property, the sheriff might have to shoot him.

Read the article for his full explanation.

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