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4.0 out of 5 stars OK, October 26, 1999
This review is from: The Quest for Cosmic Justice (Hardcover)
This book is good, not great. And the people who would get the most out of this book are those who are most unlikely to read it. If you are already familiar with Sowell, or read Forbes or The Wall Street Journal on a regular basis, then you are already familiar with most of the ideas and concepts in this book. Nonetheless, the book makes for an interesting read. Sowell persuasively points out that many of those seeking "justice" (cosmic or otherwise) frequently don't give a darn about the costs and benefits of their current flavor of justice on society. Sowell provides many examples, and gloomy predictions, about what happens when the liberal elite impose their visions on the rest of us. As an attorney who just graduated from NYU Law School, I couldn't agree more with Sowell's comments regarding how the rule of law is systematically undermined by our nation's elite law schools. Once the rule of law is gone, you decide justice given the judge's present whims, which is awful close to monarchy---which the liberal elite unfortunately fail to recognize. I was taught nothing but contempt for precedent and the rule of law at NYU, I'd even go so far as to say that most of my professors seemed to feel you should just examine each case from the perspective of who you feel is "disadvantaged" and rule for them. After three years of that attempted brainwashing, Sowell's book is like climbing out of a dark cave and realizing light still exists.
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Initial post: Jul 13, 2010 8:59:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 13, 2010 9:00:30 PM PDT
Dear J.Wright,

Thanks for your insightful review on Sowell's book and regarding our legal system. I'm currently a undergraduate who's about to enter my junior year as a Social Sciences major, and wanted to kindly ask if you could elaborate on your career path and perspective on Law/"social justice" if it's changed since you wrote the above review in 1999. (I did notice from your "Profile info" that you're a Lawyer.) I was highly considering Law School but lately I've been hearing and encountering much discourse that reflects your opinion very closely, and was wondering if you could provide any further insight on this. Thanks in advance! Btw, I definitely agree with your point on the manipulation/deception employed by the liberal elite.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2011 9:33:59 PM PDT
Brendan Foy says:
If you're aiming for a top law school which will not pervert your mind with "Social Justice", then George Mason is your best bet; be prepared for a healthy dose of Economics in the curriculum. I personally would not saddle myself with debt by going to Law School in this economy and I am trying to talk my sister out of making this mistake. Learn a marketable skill and get some work experience first while you're still young.
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