Ambrose Bierce, in The Devil’s Dictionary (1914), defined Justice as a “commodity.” He might just as well have called it a “comedy,” as in a comedy of errors, particularly the kind of justice observable in the democracy of his time through ours, and on, apparently, into the future.
Yes, justice is a commodity because it is bought and sold. (Anyone who requires examples has been living in a cave with an ostrich.) Which makes of justice a comedy because it is a ludicrous rendition of it’s original home among its siblings: fairness, fair play, fair-mindedness, equity, even-handedness, impartiality, objectivity, neutrality, disinterestedness, honesty, righteousness, and morality.
Will this ever change? Doubtful, but the name of Justice should be changed to something like, ummm, Marketice, or perhaps Commodice. Any ideas out there in the land of people who like honest words?