Justice, our comedy of errors

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?

One thought on “Justice, our comedy of errors”

  1. As more clever sorts compound a word for you, I suggest a change in Lady Justice.
    The blindfold comes off and is restyled as a Gucci sash. The sword is dropped so the hand can be extended, palm up, to receive the “compensation” and “favors.”

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