Love of Theory Is The Root Of All Evil

The website Bill whittle mentions and from whence he found what he calls “the greatest sentence ever” is here.

The most pernicious “theory” of the left, to my lights, is what they call “Critical Legal Theory.”  Its roots go as far back as the 1960’s although I had never heard or read anything about it before the mid-1990’s.  I now know it was alive in the early 1970’s when I was in law school even though it traveled incognito in those days.  My criminal law professor spent a lot of class time arguing that criminal law was just politics.  This was confusing because I couldn’t understand the political connection with robbery and murder.  Naive me, I thought criminals were dangerous and needed to be locked up no matter their politics.  But without ever giving a formal name to his thinking he explained that robbery and murder could not be explained by anything so simple as bad behavior by anti-social members of society bent on doing evil to others for their own personal gain.  I’ve since realized that he was anonymously practicing “critical legal theory,” which openly rejects logic and reason as its guidepost.

Here’s how Cornel Law School defines critical legal theory, or “studies” as they refer to it:

Critical legal studies (CLS) is a theory that challenges and overturns accepted norms and standards in legal theory and practice. Proponents of this theory believe that logic and structure attributed to the law grow out of the power relationships of the society. The law exists to support the interests of the party or class that forms it and is merely a collection of beliefs and prejudices that legitimize the injustices of society. The wealthy and the powerful use the law as an instrument for oppression in order to maintain their place in hierarchy. The basic idea of CLS is that the law is politics and it is not neutral or value free. Many in the CLS movement want to overturn the hierarchical structures of domination in the modern society and many of them have focused on the law as a tool in achieving this goal.

OK, reading that I’m starting to get it.  I got it even better later on in this descriptive piece…

Although CLS has been largely a U.S. movement, it was influenced to a great extent by European philosophers, such as nineteenth-century German social theorists Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and Max Weber; Max Horkheimer and Herbert Marcuse of the Frankfurt school of German social philosophy; the Italian marxist Antonio Gramsci; and poststructuralist French thinkers Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida, representing respectively the fields of history and literary theory.

I get it completely now.  Critical legal theory wants to replace republican forms of government with rule by a criminal gang.  The love of theory is the root of evil.

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