Should we revolt?

I’ve been thinking about folks who seem so easily disturbed by frank talk that they come to the mistaken conclusion that a novel that depicts a revolution actually endorses or promotes that revolution. I’m stunned by this inability do distinguish fact from fiction. On the other hand, perhaps this speaks to how real the story feels… Hmm…

In any event, I reprint below a snippet from a scene appearing in chapter 27 (out of 40). It illuminates my mindset. Res ipsa loquitur (the thing speaks for itself).

For over two hundred years American law had establish and maintained order in this highly complex society… [name omitted so as not to spoil the plot] thought back to the initial class discussions on property law and how the concept of private property ordered society. In the class on contracts he/she could see how every transaction in the business world, and even daily events, like going to the grocery store, are governed by law. The law of torts seemed to be all about legally enforcing the assertion, “You can’t do that to me, I’ve got my rights!” And even that had grown out of a regard for the well-being and property rights of others.


We had accomplished so much as a nation…

Despite its misuse by both sides of the political isle, [name omitted] reminded him/herself, the law still defined what it meant to be an American. It structured, governed, and guided American society as no where else in the world. The United States of America had become the embodiment of law in practice. Incompetence, malfeasance, envy, and hate notwithstanding, American law had become the world’s finest expression of justice, of fairness, and of man’s benevolent treatment of fellow man.*

* Note: the above may differ slightly, but not in any material respect, from the published scene as this comes from my writing software and changes were made in the production process.