Endtimes for the Rule of Law

There is a bittersweet understanding in the heart of society, a tacit agreement, that the rule of law is the bedrock of order, the linchpin of justice, the very essence of freedom. Yet, when this unspoken pact is fragmented, when the rule of law is cast aside, society, like a river losing its banks, spills into an unfamiliar territory, a place where liberty becomes an elusive concept and justice a phantom of its former self.

When the rule of law in a society is eroded, our communal tapestry begins to fray and tear, leaving us vulnerable, unguarded. This violation sends out aftershocks, moving from the single soul, to the collective, and from the community, it infects the nation. The toll it takes on our humanity is beyond measure, the devastation it inflicts upon society, immeasurable. We find ourselves wrestling with a world gone askew, a world that has lost its North Star, a vessel lost and adrift in a sea of doubts.

The rule of law is not a mere system, it is the embodiment of a society's shared values, it is the narrative that shapes our collective ethos. When this narrative is disrupted, it is as if society has lost its storyteller, and with the storyteller, the story. The story of who we are, who we were, and who we hope to be.

Undermining the rule of law is not just a breach, it is a deep chasm that swallows the very essence of societal order. The law, in its ideal form, is a great equalizer, a force that bridges the divide between the powerful and the powerless. Yet, when it is undermined, it becomes a tool of oppression, a weapon wielded by those in power against those without.

Chaos steps into the vacuum left by the absence of a just and fair system, and in this chaos, the vulnerable are rendered more vulnerable. The marginalized are pushed further to the fringes, and the voiceless are silenced even more. The rule of law is not simply about order; it is fundamentally about equity and justice.

In this state of lawlessness, corruption and greed often take hold, festering in the heart of society like a malignant tumor. Inequality widens, as those with means manipulate the broken system to their advantage. Society becomes a stage where power dictates truth, and money becomes the law.

And yet, it is in our nature, our very DNA, to adjust, to absorb knowledge, to flourish. From the remnants of what once was, we create anew. We weave new tales, design new structures, write new chronicles. The rule of law is not some unchanging monolith; it's a living, breathing entity, moulded and reshaped by those it is meant to serve. When it is compromised, our response is not merely to grieve its loss; we labor to restore it, to make it more resilient, more robust than before.

In conclusion, the undermining of the rule of law is a catastrophe, a disfigurement of society's very soul. It is a place where freedom is a forgotten word, and justice a hollow promise. The undermining of the rule of law is more than just a crisis; it is a clarion call to arms. It is a challenge that we must meet head-on, with unflinching bravery and unyielding resolve. The question then becomes, not just how we prevent the undermining of the rule of law, but how we rebuild in its aftermath.

For in the battle for justice, for fairness, for the rule of law, we find more than just the essence of society, we find the essence of our shared humanity.

As we draw to a close, let this be a rallying cry to stand up for justice, for fairness, for the rule of law. Let this be an affirmation of the power inherent in the people to shape their own destiny, to sculpt their narrative, to pen their own story.

References and Experts

There are many leading experts on the subject of what happens when the rule of law is undermined. Some of the most prominent include:

  • Thomas Carothers is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the author of several books on the rule of law, including "Democracy and the Rule of Law" and "Aiding Democracy Abroad."
  • Robert C. Post is the James Madison Professor of Law at Yale Law School and the author of "Democracy, Equality, and the Law" and "The Political Economy of the Constitution."
  • Kim Lane Scheppele is the James W. Harpel Professor of Constitutional Law at Princeton University and the author of "Constitutional Fatalism" and "Democracy, Authoritarianism, and the Rule of Law."
  • Tamana Sternberg is the John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of International Law at Columbia Law School and the author of "The Rule of Law in the Middle East and North Africa."
  • Yascha Mounk is a senior fellow at the Legatum Institute and the author of "The People vs. Democracy" and "The Great Experiment."

These experts have all written extensively on the rule of law and its importance for democracy, development, and human rights. They have also studied the consequences of undermining the rule of law, including increased corruption, political instability, and violence. In addition to these experts, there are many other scholars and practitioners who have written about the rule of law. The following are some of the most relevant organizations and publications:

  • The World Justice Project is an independent, non-profit organization that conducts research and advocacy on the rule of law. The WJP Rule of Law Index is the world's leading source of data on the rule of law.
  • The Open Society Foundations are a network of foundations that support democracy, human rights, and the rule of law around the world.
  • The International Commission of Jurists is an independent, non-governmental organization that promotes and protects the rule of law and human rights.
  • The American Bar Association is a professional association of lawyers that promotes the rule of law and the administration of justice.
  • The American Society of International Law is a professional association of lawyers and scholars that promotes the study and practice of international law.

These organizations and publications provide a wealth of information on the rule of law and its importance for a just and peaceful world.


Pragmatic Journey is Richard (rich) Wermske's life of recovery; a spiritual journey inspired by Buddhism, a career in technology and management with linux, digital security, bpm, and paralegal stuff; augmented with gaming, literature, philosophy, art and music; and compassionate kinship with all things living -- especially cats; and people with whom I share no common language.