Charles T. Sprading Quote

“Although the legal and ethical definitions of right are the antithesis of each other, most writers use them as synonyms.  They confuse power with goodness, and mistake law for justice.”

~ Charles T. Sprading

Freedom and its Fundamentals

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

Way too accurate, way too often

Kimo, USA
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Kimo, USA    8/8/11

Justice is definitely messed up at the moment, hurry elections

cal, lewisville, tx

There is always the question of ethical with any law.

jim k, Austin, Tx

When laws are of themselves bad, such as laws spawned by the so-called war on drugs, that's when jury nullification needs to be used. No judge will ever tell a jury of this option.

Anonymous, Reston, VA, US

Way to inaccurate, most of the time... and yes, judges do often tell juries of their rights to nullify and make their own decisions separate from the letter of the law.

E Archer, NYC
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E Archer, NYC Anonymous, Reston, VA, US 9/17/18

"Judges do often tell juries of their rights to nullify," really?  Name one.

Mike, Norwalk
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Mike, Norwalk Anonymous, Reston, VA, US 7/20/21

Who is defining "right". The de jure jurisprudence that was to be the foundation / the absolute premise of law and justice within the representative republic that anticipated being a body politic of States united was stipulated within the Declaration of Independence's first paragraph: "the laws of nature and of nature's God". The current occupying statist theocracy infesting this land is absolutely antithetical to the ethics, rights, liberty and law there associated. Power is touted as goodness if it is destructive to ethics, rights, liberty and natural law. A fallacious fabrication of law does now replace any concept of justice.

vedapushpa, Bangalore - India

If the term 'right' is to mean an 'empowerment to act' .. then it is 'legal' But then the term also means a 'natural law' I suppose.. There again it is both ethical and legal. Right at once means 'good power ' doesnt it ?

E Archer, NYC

Charles Sprading makes a great distinction.  In the religion of power, power is good, and the punishment of heresy is called justice.  The temptation is great and the rewards immense  what is the alternative?  The truth may set one free but does not grant power over others.  Giving up freedom for power usually results in slavery  there's only so much room at the top of the pyramid.

Ronw13, OR
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Ronw13, OR    9/17/18

Oppression is founded through mischief "framed in a law" and is always contrary to justice, for those Set at Liberty. Sincere friends of liberty have always been a minority. 


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