• Law vs. justice: What is our duty in society? | James Stoner | Big Think
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    Law vs. justice: What is our duty in society? | James Stoner | Big Think

    I think the rule of law only works in the end among people who have a sense of justice, in other words that you can’t divorce the rule of law from the virtue of justice. That doesn’t mean that people aren’t allowed to pursue their own interests in the marketplace. Actually, it’s just for people to be able to pursue their own interests and to a large extent to pursue the good as they understand it. Actually, that’s almost the definition of conscience is to be able to act according to the law but according to your own judgment of what the circumstances require, you, who know those circumstances and…

  • Advocate for social justice, freedom of movement and children’s rights #351 Ilona
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    Advocate for social justice, freedom of movement and children’s rights #351 Ilona

    I worked for a comms agency that’s worked with the European Delegation as Slovenia was preparing to join the EU. We had a referendum of our own and it was the vast majority of people, I think about 89%, voted to join the EU. And so I really grew to believe in the dream of why Europe had been set up, or the European Union had come about as a way of integrating countries. I came to London originally to study, I did Social Psychology, and I was interested in a career in a social justice organisation, particularly working with children and young people. We’re doing a lot at the…

  • It’s time for the law to protect victims of gender violence | Laura L. Dunn
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    It’s time for the law to protect victims of gender violence | Laura L. Dunn

    Throughout the United States, there is growing social awareness that sexual violence and harassment are far too common occurrences within our various institutions — occurrences often without any accountability. As a result, the Me Too movement is upon us, and survivors everywhere are speaking out to demand change. Students have rallied against sexual assault on campus. Service members have demanded Congress reform the military, and workers ranging from Hollywood stars to janitorial staff have called out sexual harassment in the workplace. This is a tipping point. This is when a social movement can create lasting legal change. But only if we switch tactics. Instead of going institution by institution, fighting…

  • The Rule of Law
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    The Rule of Law

    Welcome to the best little strip mall in San Clemente. It’s offers one-stop shopping for your pursuit of happiness, from condoms, to beer, to bongs, cheap pizza, donuts, cigarettes, and lotto tickets. It’s got easy money if you plan a shopping spree and tools of war if things head south in a hurry. Almost anybody can find something to like here. More importantly though, almost anybody can find something to dislike, to criticize as pornographic, addictive, and/or dangerous. And yet this strip mall stands. It stands as a monument to the virtues of toleration, liberty, and free trade. For all this, we can thank the rule of law. The rule…

  • Does the Public have an Incorrect Notion of Lawyers
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    Does the Public have an Incorrect Notion of Lawyers

    So you just asked me, does the public have a incorrect notion of lawyers? You know, I think it’s probably like everything I mean there are good and bad in any profession or in any family. But I think a lot of lawyers get a lot of heat. Sometimes it’s really well deserved. Sometimes the theories of these cases that have come before are frightening. The defense bar and insurance companies made a lot out of the Mcdonald’s case where the woman got burned. And I’m not gonna go over all of this but in that case the lady just wanted to settle the case for the medical bills and…

  • Verna Myers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them
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    Verna Myers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them

    I was on a long road trip this summer, and I was having a wonderful time listening to the amazing Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns.” It documents six million black folks fleeing the South from 1915 to 1970 looking for a respite from all the brutality and trying to get to a better opportunity up North, and it was filled with stories of the resilience and the brilliance of African-Americans, and it was also really hard to hear all the stories of the horrors It was especially hard to hear about the beatings and the burnings and the lynchings of black men. And I said, “You know, this…

  • How to spot a liar | Pamela Meyer
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    How to spot a liar | Pamela Meyer

    Okay, now I don’t want to alarm anybody in this room, but it’s just come to my attention that the person to your right is a liar. (Laughter) Also, the person to your left is a liar. Also the person sitting in your very seats is a liar. We’re all liars. What I’m going to do today is I’m going to show you what the research says about why we’re all liars, how you can become a liespotter and why you might want to go the extra mile and go from liespotting to truth seeking, and ultimately to trust building. Now, speaking of trust, ever since I wrote this book,…